We’ve already speculated if the Suzanne Collins young adult trilogy “The Hunger Games Movie” will be the next big thing to come out of Hollywood. And from the look at the fan reaction to the world premiere of the first full-length trailer on “Good Morning America,” it seems as if it’s brewing up just the right amount of excitement about seeing these characters come to life.
The first film, which depicts young heroine Katniss Everdeen and a host of other young faces being thrown headlong into “The Hunger Games” — a brutal competition for survival in which only the strongest, swiftest and most clever participant will be left standing — has echoes of Japanese classic novel-turned-film “Battle Royale” and Orson Scott Card’s Hugo award winning “Ender’s Game.”
So what’s the difference between this young adult phenomenon and one like “Twilight”, and why is “The Hunger Games Movie” more of a secret gem for a geek?
The key may be in that the two universes are spearheaded by very different heroines. “Twilight” climbed to glory with a teenage protagonist that acted as more of a vessel than a defined character. Teenage girls could easily dream themselves into the role of Bella.
And while she might not have had a ton of eccentric or memorable qualities, it was easy enough to envy her life. Every good looking non-human she could find in the small town of Forks was pretty much willing to die for her in the blink of an eye and readers were more than happy to sit around and bask in the glory of the shirtless heartthrobs racing to win Bella’s heart.
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