I did the smart thing and didn't read the books before seeing the movies. Ergo, I loved the movie.
The recurring meme about it seems to be "I liked it better when they called it Battle Royale", which is really playing out to be the case. The author claims she had never heard of BR, and I'll believe it, because of how she branched out. Not sure you can discuss the movie without first comparing the 2, and the games portion? BR crushes. After the first movie, though, Hunger Games picks the football up and runs with it. They're just getting better and better, and thankfully we're avoiding that hollywood "big sweeping battle" cliche. Even when there is combat on a pretty big scale, for the most part they're avoiding the big panoramic CG shots. It definitely helps.
I didn't know Jlaw could sing. I guess I kinda spaced that out from the earlier movie. I think I'd buy an album if she put one out, that song she did was catchy.
The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. stone crumbles. wood rots. people, well, they die. but things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.”
I really enjoyed the movie. I have not read any of the books, but I feel like I want to to get a better understanding of the districts and the capital and what happened to make everything to crazy, because that is one thing that movies based on books never really explain well, the backstory.