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Katniss. If reading that word means nothing to you, then it’s time you high-tail it down to the book store or your local library. If you do recognize that name, then chances are you’re probably already a fan of the heroine of that name in the Hunger Games book series, written by Suzanne Collins.
The Hunger Games series is the biggest thing since sliced bread, facebook, and the vampire take-over of the literary world. (About that vampire thing, have you been to a bookstore in the last year, or so? There is now an entire section filled with vampire book series…an entire section.)
I’ve read The Hunger Games (plus the other two books in the series, Catching Fire and Mockingjay) and they are ‘I-can’t-put-this-book-down’ good.
I am a fan.
Stephen King is a fan, as well.
I couldn’t stop reading…Collins is an efficient no-nonsense prose stylist with a pleasantly dry sense of humor. Reading The Hunger Games is addictive. ~Stephen King for Entertainment Weekly
So is Stephanie Meyer.
I was so obsessed with this book I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn’t have to stop reading. The story kept me up for several nights in a row, because even after I was finished, I just lay in bed wide awake thinking about it…The Hunger Games is amazing. ~Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series
And also Rick Rioedan, author of The Percy Jackson Series.
The Hunger Games is as close to perfect an adventure novel as I’ve ever read. I could not put it down. Collins has transformed the ancient Labyrinth myth into a terrifyingly believable tale of future America. Readers will be hungry for more. ~Rick Riordan
So why am I writing about The Hunger Games now, nearly 2 1/2 years after it’s original release date? Because there’s a movie being made of the best seller, which is being directed by four time Oscar nominee, Gary Ross, and is set for a release date of March 23, 2012.
Of course, as it seems to be lately with the movie casting of wildly popular novels, controversy is a brew. This time it’s over the casting of Jennifer Lawrence as the main character, Katniss.
Not a lot in common, these two.
Katniss is 16, has long dark hair, olive skin, a short stature, and grey eyes.
Jennifer is 21, has blonde hair, fair skin, is 5’7″, and has either green, blue or brown eyes depending what you read.
Here’s what I have to say about the matter: looks are easy to change in the world of Hollywood.
A few cases in point…
Here’s what else I have to say: acting skills are not as easy to change. Much better to get a good actress and change her appearance than get a mediocre actress who looks the part. And this girl, Jennifer Lawrence, has some serious acting skills. Have you seen her in her best actress Oscar nominated role in Winter’s Bone? She is tough as nails and completely believable as 17-year-old Ree, a young girl who is forced to raise her younger siblings in the rough Ozarks because of a meth-cooking daddy and a non-functioning mother.
She should be able to handle Katniss with ease.
Here’s what Hunger Games author, Suzanne Collins, has to say about the casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss.
We have found Katniss.
As the author, I went into the casting process with a certain degree of trepidation. Believing your heroine can make the leap from the relative safety of the page to the flesh and bones reality of the screen is something of a creative act of faith. But after watching dozens of auditions by a group of very fine young actresses, I felt there was only one who truly captured the character I wrote in the book. And I’m thrilled to say that Jennifer Lawrence has accepted the role.
In her remarkable audition piece, I watched Jennifer embody every essential quality necessary to play Katniss. I saw a girl who has the potential rage to send an arrow into the Gamemakers and the protectiveness to make Rue her ally. Who has conquered both Peeta and Gale’s hearts even though she’s done her best to wall herself off emotionally from anything that would lead to romance. Most of all, I believed that this was a girl who could hold out that handful of berries and incite the beaten down districts of Panem to rebel. I think that was the essential question for me. Could she believably inspire a rebellion? Did she project the strength, defiance and intellect you would need to follow her into certain war? For me, she did.
Jennifer’s just an incredible actress. So powerful, vulnerable, beautiful, unforgiving and brave. I never thought we’d find somebody this amazing for the role. And I can’t wait for everyone to see her play it.
Thank you all for sharing in this journey and may the odds be ever in your favor!
If you haven’t read the Hunger Games series yet, there’s no time like the present. The Hunger Games boasts an awards list a mile long, including being a New York Times #1 Best Seller.
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