Gearing Up for The Hunger Games

Gearing Up for The Hunger Games

Have you read the books, or are you planning to see the movie first?

The movie The Hunger Games came out today, and already is raking in the big bucks: Midnight showings last night brought in $19.7 million, which is apparently the 7th highest total from midnight showings ever -- and all 6 of the movies ahead of it are either Harry Potter or Twilight sequels.

The movie has destined to be big from its inception, and I think everyone has known it.  One only has to look at the incredible success of the books to know that of course the movie will be equally successful.  There was an article on NPR just the other day about the rigorous physical training Jennifer Lawrence had to go through to play Katniss.  It's clear that everyone -- the actors, producers, everyone -- has taken this movie very seriously.

In anticipation of the movie, I just finished reading the entire trilogy a few nights ago.  I'd read the first book, The Hunger Games, a few months ago, and finally got around to reading Catching Fire and Mockingjay because I knew I'd want to have read them before I saw the movie.

I am the kind of person who like to read the book before I see the movie, especially with a blockbuster like this one.  Usually I find I like the book better, so I don't want to see the movie first and have that impact my interpretation of the book.  I imagine, however, that there will be a lot of movie goers at The Hunger Games who haven't yet read the books.  Some will probably love the movie so much that they'll go on to read the books, so that they can find out what happens next, and of course, there will be others who will never read the books.

Are you planning to see the movie in the theaters, and have you read (or are you reading) the books first?  Or do you intend to just see the movie and never read the books?