I saw The Hunger Games last night. Having heard that the movie didn’t provide adequate background on the story, I was curious to see just how much of Suzanne Collins’ dystopia did make it to the screen. On the whole, I was impressed. A few titles at the beginning, the video at the reaping, seemed to me to get the idea across pretty well, without interrupting the narrative flow. It also seemed to me that the sets, locations and costumes did a good job of carrying the story (where did they get those wonderful faces for the citizens of DIstrict 12?).
On the other hand, I’ve read the book. So, my question is, did the script do what it needed to do in terms of putting the audience int he world of the story, or not? And if not, what was missing, and what might have been done differently?
Saturday I and a Little Group of Serious Thinkers watched the entire first season of Game of Thrones. I’d never read anything by George R. R. Martin, though my wife is a huge fan of his novels. I did hear him speak on a panel at ComicCon last year. Anyway, I became intrigued, partly becasue is twas a good story, but also because there was so little fantasy in this fantasy. It reminded me more of the kind of Thundering Historical Epics my dad used to buy in paperback for 35 cents, writen by people like Frank G. Slaughter and F. Van Wyck Mason. And the story at many points echoed various bits of Tudor and Stuart history. It made me wonder if Martin hadn’t written historical fiction diguised as something else. On the other hand, the correspondences are vague enough that I could have been making the connections myself.
So my question to real George R.R. Martin fans is, what do you think or know about that?
After more than a little technical trouble, Ambush Books is up and working. Yay. As I may have mentioned, Ambush is an online imprint which intends to bring back out-of-print YA and middle grade titles (“teen and ‘tween”) in digital formats at reasonable prices. If you’re a writer who falls into this category and haven’t yet posted your old titles yourself, check us out and see what we can do for you.