The fact that The Hunger Games trilogy blows my mind is no secret. It has been recced to family and friends with abandon. Regardless of age or state of life, 100% of family readers have loved it and some have even admitted to reading them twice or *shocked gasp* being addicted.
The fictional couple of Funky and Chicken have also read THG. At almost 80-each, they were rapt in the storyline and (secretly) wanted to be Katniss, Peeta and Gale. And, I don’t think age OR gender mattered much to them!
Enough of family and foibles. It’s recently been announced that Jennifer Lawrence will play the amazing, strong, oft-reaped, teen-woman, Katniss Everdeen. I was (secretly — we’re that type of family) hoping for a trio of unknown actors to play the three leads. Lawrence could be considered relatively ‘unknown’ and in the picture I’ve linked above, looks absolutely nothing like Suzanne Collins’s protagonist.
I would have been dubious had I not seen Winter’s Bone late last year.
This young person is one talented actor. Regardless of hair colour, build, glam smile and Sundance Film award association, Lawrence is a gun. Twill be so interesting to see how she breathes life into Katniss for film, and if anyone has the skill to do it (at that age) she has. I didn’t like Winter’s Bone much. It was a bad night for me to watch it and I think it was my flatness, rather than the film’s, that left me fairly indifferent. She was compelling, though. If she can compell Katniss half as well, it will suit this reader/viewer.
This casting should please Chicken who worried that ‘someone like Angelina Jolie’ might secure Katniss, and then ‘Sam Worthington — who is in everything, although I like him — might end up playing Gale.’