I’m not sure if it was subconscious or coincidence, but somehow I read The Hunger Games at the same time the press for the movie came out. I did my best to avoid the continuous coverage of Lenny Kravitz and Miley Cyrus’s boyfriend. To me the characters had their own look created by my imagination.
Suzanne Collins’ vivid descriptions depicts a movie in my mind with these characters as the leading roles.
Katniss Evergreen: A tall muscular version of Ellen Page, the girl who played Juno.
Peeta: An Ashton Kutcher type
Cinna: Rivers Cuomo
Haymitch: Remember the teacher on Head of the Class? Yeah, him.
Rue: Dakota Fanning’s sister*
Prim: a 10-year-old Dakota Fanning. In my mind, Rue and Prim looked alike.
Foxface: Evangeline Lilly, the girl from Lost.
Gale: A regular kid from a small town.
*In the movie, Rue is African American. I remember reading about her dark eyes but did not picture her with dark skin.
My husband read the book on his iPad the same time I was reading the paper version. All week we were sending each other texts that looked like this.
Saturday night before dinner I insisted we first stop at Barnes & Noble to buy Catching Fire, the next book in the series.
Do you visualize movie roles while you read books? Who would play Katniss in your mind?
Do you enjoy seeing movies based on books? Most importantly, have you seen The Hunger Games yet? Did it stay true to the book? I am looking forward to seeing the movie soon, very soon.