Blogger: Rachel Kent
Location: The Lodge @ Sonoma in Sonoma, Calif. for the Books & Such Agents’ Planning Summit
I’d like to spend this week talking about books that soon will be movies. We can discuss what we think has given them the appeal they needed to make it to film. I’ll share my opinion, and I hope to hear yours. I’m going to try to avoid putting any major spoilers in the posts, but if you are picky about reading the book before finding out anything about the storyline, please read the book and come back to the blog posts. 🙂
Hopefully this conversation will help you to pick popular, relevant topics for your writing.
First up: The Hunger Games
I read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins over Christmas break, just in time to get excited about the upcoming film release.
If you would like to see more information about the film or watch the trailer, click this link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392170/
I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked it quite a bit–the writing is good and the story moves quickly with lots of action and a bit of romance–but I had a problem with the overall premise. A country that would punish its citizens by making them send some of their children to fight to the death each year while the entire country watches it on TV is hard to swallow. At the same time, I understand that Collins has written a book that reflects on our society today and serves as a warning for what the future could look like because of our human nature and the hate we can carry toward others. The hunger games are a futuristic Roman Colosseum. I’d say that many dystopian books have the same purpose–to reflect on our society in a creative way.
I personally believe this book was a good candidate for a movie because:
1) The story’s premise is complex enough to appeal to readers of all ages, not just teens.
2) The story has strong male and female characters.
3) The world the story is set in is unique without being so far out that the reader can’t relate to it. It’s based on our world with differences that are well-described.
What elements make The Hunger Games a good candidate for being made into a film? What has made the book so popular with readers? How might your answers to these two questions help you as think about your writing?