Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games, has now seen the final version of the film and according to her, fans are in for quite the treat. In a letter she wrote on her Facebook Page, she stated that the film is a faithful adaptation that is ‘brilliantly realized’ and led by a wonderful cast.
Of course, you could argue that her opinion is biased and that she’s obviously going to praise the film due to the large stake she has in it. While that may be true, authors in the past have been pretty vocal about film adaptations of their novels and some of them have been openly critical when it comes to misguided attempts at adapting their material.
Whether Collins is being 100% honest or not can still be questioned but judging by this letter, it seems that she’s quite pleased. Check out the full thing below and see what you think.
The Hunger Games opens on March 23rd, 2012
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!