OPEN THREAD: The Hunger Games Trailer is Finally Here

Do you want to talk about this?

BECAUSE I DO OMG.

Officially official synopsis:

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The Hunger Games, based on the trilogy by Suzanne Collins, stars Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone, X-Men: First Class) as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson (Zathura, The Kids Are All Right) as Peeta Mellarck, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna and Amandla Stenburg as Rue (you guys!!). We’ve been waiting for this trailer for what — like, 17 years or something I think — and while I was determined to remain cautiously, calmly optimistic for this film, that’s all over. I CANNOT WAIT.

Ok ok ok so, what are your primary feelings here? How do you feel about the casting? I’m worried about Woody Harrelson (also I have a difficult time separating him from Matthew MacConaughey for some reason), but I’m willing to be open-minded. Totally in love with Jennifer Lawrence — period — but especially as Katniss. Is the best part of The Hunger Games trilogy its take on government control and class, or its unapologetic violence? It’s basically the anti-Twilight, in that the characters have both brains and hormones and like, actual problems and a sense of determined independence. Wait no, it’s literally the anti-Twilight. Does its popularity give you hope for the future of YA and its readers / teen-based entertainment in general? What quotes from the book are you most excited to hear in the film? Can you hardly stand the time between this moment and the second you get to see Rue on a screen larger than the side of a barn??

DISCUSS.

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    I’VE BEEN DYING FOR HOURS. JUST DYING OVER THIS.

    I was so worried they wouldn’t be able to do the books justice but my concerns disappeared with this brilliant trailer. I’m glad they didn’t show any of the actual games. I just wanted to see the Captiol, the tributes, the training, and the wacky outfits/hairstyles. This did not disappoint.

    And I basically had a panic attack in the last 5 seconds.

    (anyone else sorta wishing that Finnick and Johanna were in the first book though? no? just me? ok…)

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    I was skeptical about this until watching the trailer. I think I might read the books, which I tried doing with “Twilight” (ugh bad memories there), but now I’m thinking this will be far more badass…. Also I’ll probably drag my lady to this movie with me.

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    Eeeee! Catnip is looking good, amirite? Jennifer Lawrence is going to absolutely kill it. It’s like she was purposefully tailored for this role after Winter’s Bone. The casting of Rue could not be more perfect. Jury’s still out on Haymitch, but I’m remaining optimistic as well. I’m excited that Suzanne Collins actually wrote the screenplay for this. I read a first draft of it and it almost follows the book exactly with the exception that they give Gale a lot more to do. I’m assuming they wanted to use the Hemsworth dude more since he’s this up and coming actor right now, but I don’t know. I feel like him being stuck and powerless in the Seam was much more interesting than him gallivanting around. But I’m sure there have been massive rewrites to that script by now so who knows. I haven’t felt this much fan girl excitement since the HP 7 book was released. Just trying to contain the squeals at this point.

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    I think Harrelson will be good and I am really really excited about Lenny Kravitz even though that’s not how I pictured Cinna at all.
    I’ll have to give Gale a chance, I imagined someone completely different but if the acting is good it won’t matter.

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      That comparison was why I picked up Hunger Games in the first place – BR is one of my favorite books. It was kind of fun to compare/contrast the two as I was reading – each one had its own strengths and weaknesses. I might like Hunger Games better, actually – but I might be biased, because I hate the English translation of BR. Thoughts?

      Also ;ajgkld;sajg;dlsajgsl;ajga; this trailer looks SO SO GOOD.

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    I’m soooo excited for this! I need to reread now! I was skeptical because I didn’t care for actors being Peeta and Gale. But now I’m just really excited,I could scream, but I squeaked instead.

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        She’s described as having darker hair & eyes and “olive skin”, which I always assumed was a literature codephrase for “vaguely non-white or mixed”. There’s still folks of Cherokee and other Native American heritage in the Appalachians, as well as some of Native American/black descent (there’s a specific group called Melungeons). Also when I read it, it seemed the more downtrodden districts–like Rue’s district, District 12–were more in the South/southeast and had a less white population than the Capital. Or maybe it was wishful thinking, wanting a nonwhite female protagonist?

        I don’t know what the author intended, and I do think this film is still gonna be great. I mean, Katniss is still a complex, kickass character no matter what race or ethnicity she is.

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          that is a good point re: olive skin/hair & eyes, although she could STILL technically be non-white/mixed, but yes i see what you’re saying. that was just my first impression when i read the book a couple of years ago. i’m excited to reread this before march! i probably missed a lot of things the first two times.

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    AMAZING. I keep going back to watch it again and I tear up every time when Katniss volunteers to take Prim’s place. I am going to need a bucket for my creys when I see this.

    The only thing that bugs me is that it seems they got rid of the character of Madge and have Prim give Katniss the pin instead.

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    Woody Harrelson will probably make a good Haymitch. He’s got that sort of rough edged drunken slob thing going, which is pretty much what Haymitch is like. I’m more worried about the guys playing Gale and Peeta. Neither of them leave much of an impression and I have a hard time remembering which actor is which for some reason. Otherwise, Katniss is going to be great so I’m not as worried as I could be.

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    i may be alone in this but i thought the book kind of sucked? couldn’t even bring myself to pick up the second one. i am hoping the movie will improve upon the aspects of the book that bothered me. the trailer looks pretty, anyway

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      No, I agree with you. I read all three fairly quickly (they’re pretty simple books that aren’t that long, so it’s not hard to do) and they were pretty lacking, both in plot and character development. I love dystopias, but maybe because it was YA it wasn’t as in depth as I would like it to be. I too hope that the movie will be better than the books.

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      I don’t understand the hype. I liked the first book, though it felt like a poor man’s Battle Royale. I liked the strong and resourceful female character who aside from family had no fucks to give. But the next books went downhill. I think the author was trying too hard to force a love triangle, and also prove a point that Oppression Sucks and War Will Ruin You.

      Well, of course. But then, as a dystopian, I’m not sure what it’s warning against. I don’t feel anyone sees Panem as a viable future.

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    I. JUST. CAN’T. WAIT.

    I almost didn’t watch this. But I did. I’ve been crying all sorts of crap recently, so I’m not surprised I cried over this. HA.

    I’m not all that impressed by any of the castings, but I’ll be open-minded.

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    yay!!! i can’t wait to see the movie! i’m always worried that movies won’t live up to the pic i have in my head, but it’ll b interesting to see how they do the movie…

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      I thought it was all right, up until the ending.

      SPOILERS.
      The ending of the book? SO out of character for Katniss. I was pissed off. I guess that was too vague to count as a spoiler.

      But anyway, Mockingjay wasn’t my favorite, and the ending was definitely, definitely weak, but it didn’t deter me from wanting to reread the damn trilogy as soon as I had finished.

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      I don’t hate the very ending of the third book because by then it’s like, whatever. But I hate a lot of the events of the third book. Mostly I hate that things just happen to Katniss, instead of her taking charge of anything. If that makes sense. I also hate…

      SPOILER

      … that Johanna doesn’t make it to the Capitol for the final showdown. I kept waiting for her to show up with like, guns blazing, and it never happened, which sucked.

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    I can’t even with this trailer. I’ve only read the first book so far (I missed my flight and was in a terrible mood and buying new books makes everything better so I bought it and read it during the four hours I had to kill until the next flight…long story short, I guess). I then proceeded to openly cry like a crazy person in the airport at least twice while reading the thing. No one mistook me for a terrorist, BUT. The other two books are only in hardback and I can’t bring myself to pay that much. Life is hard.

    I can’t wait for this movie.

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    OMG As soon as I saw the trailer I dropped what I was doing (Making wedding cd’s for my friend’s mom)and watched it like 20 times. Holy fuck Katniss is cute! And then I made a photomanip of that pic in the trailer just as she’s about to shoot at the target for a wallpaper (It turned out great and can be found here: http://wildstorm-warrior.deviantart.com/art/Katniss-Everdeen-269302086)

    My running comentary while watching the trailer:
    Gale looks realy weird. Not at allll how I pictured him. Not bad with Prim. Katniss is gorgeous!!! Such beautiful eyes and lips! I’m in love. Effie’s dress scares me. Cinna doesn’t look like I pictued him but he still looks good. I pictured district 12 ppl wearing darker browns and grays not all this light color stuff. Peeta looks fine. And Haymich looks like a hobo they picked off a street corner (which is a good thing). Overall not bad looking movie!!!!!! So far so good! So excited to see it!!!!

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    I haven’t read the books, but lots of people have told me I should. This seems like one of those books that makes a better movie than a book. The trailer looked slightly cheesy to me. Then again, I’ve always preferred books to movies. I think one’s imagination is more powerful and more limitless than special effects! This makes me want to read the books though…

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