With those thoughts in mind, I fell in line for the latest movie trend - I went to Hunger Games. I've been reading all the hoopla building up to the release and the stories of the characters. Heck, with as much press as this one's been getting, you almost don't even have to go to the movies to see it, you almost get the whole story. Still, I wanted to invest 2.5 hours of my life to see how this plays out on the big screen. Before I went, I decided to get the book at plow through it. Since I don't have a Kindle or iPad, I typically buy a paperback version and start reading. Usually, I reserve these reads for when I am traveling and get stuck in the airport or on a long flight. This one was a fairly easy/simple read. Good narrative, good character development, nice plot lines. Hooks the reader early and keeps a fast pace. I have not been a Suzanne Collins fan, but I might have to look up some of her books for future reads. The movie was, IMHO, an excellent representation of the book. They pretty much stuck to the story line with some minor omissions left out for time. I found it interesting that they did add some subplots or stories that were not in the book that complimented the story. Some might say they did it to explain points to the audience who hadn't read the book, but I thought it was OK. Definitely will have to how the next two books/movies pan out.
Oh, and BTW, one of the reasons I DON'T typically go to the theaters before (aside of cost), is all the previews shown before the main movie. Movie time was listed at 1040 yesterday and I was running late and did not get to my seat until 1045. They showed 20 minutes of trailers/ads before the movie kicked off at 1100. One trailer caught my eye and had me laughing, or to apply the overused Internet phrase ROFLMAO. You thought you knew your Civil War history? Coming this summer to a movie theater near you: