March 01, 2012 12:20pm PT by Rebecca Ford
'The Hunger Games' Author Suzanne Collins Praises Lionsgate's Adaptation
The many, many fans of Suzanne Collins’ three-book Hunger Games series are anxiously awaiting the release of Lionsgate’s film adaptation on March 23. Many of them are probably concerned with how closely the film, directed by Gary Ross, will follow the books in creating the dystopian world of Panem and the journey of Katniss Everdeen.
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Suzanne Collins gave the film her stamp of approval on Thursday when she posted a letter to readers on the film’s Facebook page.
Collins said she had just seen the completed film, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. She wrote that she is “really happy” with how it turned out. “I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another,” she wrote.
“The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story,” she adds.
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Collins’ story follows Katniss, who lives in District 12 in a futuristic North America called Panem. She is forced to compete in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the death-competition held by the government. She and her fellow District 12 tribute Peeta (Hutcherson) travel to the Capitol to prepare for the games. Only one of the 24 tributes wins the game – by being the last survivor.
Collins also praises director Gary Ross and the world he created in the film. “It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers,” she wrote.
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Read Collins complete note to readers below:
I’ve just had the opportunity to see the finished film of The Hunger Games. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another. The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story.
Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he’s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol. It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers.
And, my God, the actors. The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how they’ve embodied the characters and brought them to life.
So I’d like to sincerely thank all the many people who devoted their time and talents to the film, especially producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, and the excellent teams at Color Force, Larger Than Life, and Lionsgate.
I hope you enjoy the film!