Suzanne Collins Praises Movie Version of Her Novel, The Hunger Games

Posted on March 3, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence Shoots Arrow in The Hunger Games

Bestselling Suzanne Collins has seen the final film version of her novel, The Hunger Games, and she wrote to her fans to tell them how much she loves it. As we all know, many authors cringe when they see how their work has been adapted to the silver screen. Notable exceptions have included J.K. Rowling (who was given unprecedented input on the Harry Potter films) and Stephenie Meyers, who was quite involved with the Twilight films. Collins mentions some of the changes made from the books and is quite happy with them, saying that the medium of film allows readers to see things Katniss does not.

She told her fans on Facebook that the film "opens up the world beyond Katniss' point of view." She says this allows viewers "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."

Collins also credits Director Gary Ross for building "a rich and powerful vision of Panem." She says, "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."

Collins also praises the actors. She says, "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."

Jennifer Lawrence has said in interviews how nervous she was about taking the role -- in fact, she almost turned it down. But she said she gave it everything she had to play Katniss, and it looks like Suzanne was pleased with her portrayal.

Photo: Lionsgate

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