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 Post subject: The Hunger Games
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:02 am 
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Out now. Trailer here:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S9a5V9ODuY

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I haven't read the books but I am looking forward to the film. That doesn't mean I'll see it though - I tend to miss everything. :(


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The trailer doesn't really excite me, and the idea seems very derivative (e.g. "Battle Royal", or "Running Man" for the YA demographic).

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The novel got a 3-star review...
http://www.zone-sf.com/wordworks/hungames.html

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I listened to the first 2 as audiobooks and read the 3rd (the local library didn't have it on audio). I thought it was quite well done, with good characters and some interesting ideas (though I agree it's not hard to find antecedents on the conceptual front). I thought the biggest weakness was the prose - very flat, bland writing in general, and lacking in vivid description.

I suspect the movie will lose a lot - for a start (and predictably) they've made the female protagonist far too pretty (she's not at all like that in the book).

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BTW, it's worth noting that the idea of "Reality TV to the death" is a pretty old one in written SF, far predating Running Man and suchlike - e.g. Robert Sheckley's The Prize of Peril (1960) and Frank Roberts' It Could Be You (1964).

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In arenas its even older.


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Movies have kept pace with SF lit, though... starting with campy sci-fi 10th Victim (based on Sheckley's book) in 1965, and Peter Watkins' Punishment Park in 1970s, but - in a way - it all dates back to 1930s' Most Dangerous Game.

I do think the whole subgenre of death-TV and killer-sports is fascinating because of its variations, from Rollerball, and Altman's Quintet, to Tavernier's Deathwatch, and Westworld. Perhaps's nothing could be as bad or schlocky as Turkey Shoot..?

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Does Westworld count? I thought that was a result of a computer glitch not a deliberate attempt at killing people for entertainment.


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I'd heard the same about the prose, which is why I didn't get around to reading them. As for films, I'm a little less picky (I'm only comitting to a couple of hours after all).

As for originality, well, if I was only to watch films with original concepts, what on earth would I ever see???


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Westworld is Jurassic Park, just with robots instead of dinosaurs. Michael Crichton was so clever he could steal from himself! :wink:

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Westworld is an amazing film.

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Anyone seen it yet? It's been getting good reviews, although my daughter went yesterday and thought it was violent and she didn't understand it all - although it might help if she'd read any of the books.

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Yes, I quite enjoyed it. It's not really very much like Battle Royale in execution, though obviously the plot is similiar. The first half hour or so reminded me much more strongly of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery.

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