Is it November yet?

Since my last post wondered about why it can’t be October yet, for The Walking Dead reasons, I thought it only appropriate for this post to wonder why it can’t be November yet, for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire reasons.

See, the second trailer for that movie came out at ComicCon and, well, I need to see this movie. Yesterday.

Why?

Let me show you…

Now you know, I’m waiting for November with very good reason.

Ramblings of a post-apocalyptic mind…

Confused by the title of this post?

So am I, and I wrote it.

“Mind” might not be the exact right word, but it’s the best I can think of. So allow me to explain my post-apocalyptic mind…

It’s more of a mindset, I suppose. You see, I’m very much into all things post-apocalypic lately; The Hunger GamesRevolutionThe Walking Dead and that realization has got me wondering why I’m so into all things post-apocalyptic.

The ever trusty Wikipedia defines post-apocalyptic fiction as, “… (is) set in a world or civilization after such a disaster. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized),” and goes on to say that there was a rise in the popularity of the genre after World War II when the threat of nuclear war hung heavily over the world.

So why is popular now? With me and with so many other people.

Is it because, as a society, we’ve become so disillusioned with the economy, politics, and the general decline of society itself that we fear, and are therefore preparing for, a post-apocalyptic world? Or have we simply become so attached to our material world that we’ve tired of it enough that we’ve begun to imagine life without material things ruling our every thought and action? Or, and this relates most to The Walking Dead and other supernatural post-apocalyptic fiction, are we confronting our fears about the great, ever-present unknown by including such fantastical things as zombies, vampires, and aliens?  Are these worlds, semi-imaginary at best, simply easier to deal with  than what confronts us everyday?

I don’t know the answer to why we love post-apocalyptic worlds. I don’t even know why I love them. I just do. And that’s enough for me.

It’s also why this post was definitely rambling…

The Hunger Games.

On Saturday, I joined the masses and went to see The Hunger Games in the theater.

It was a little annoying at first to have to pay $8.25 for a ticket; because it was a weekend in the evening, of course. But I don’t go to see movies in the theater very often, and the price of tickets has a lot to do with that, so I lived it up and bought myself a Starbucks coffee too. I love that my theater sells Starbucks.

Anyway, I’m not sorry about the cost because, to put it simply, The Hunger Games is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time.

The book underwhelmed me and I was a little hesitant about seeing it adapted into a movie. I was happy to find out that my worries were for nothing. Apparently the film adaptations of Twilight, especially, and Harry Potter were simply bad enough to make me skeptical about all young adult books turned into movies.

Maybe the thing that made The Hunger Games better than all of the Twilight movies combined is that the book was short, by comparison, so the writers and director were able to add more to the story. The additions that were made; Seneca Crane, President Snow, scenes in District 11, etc., were all things that seemed almost missing from the book. They made the movie better, better even than the book and that is very rare indeed. In fact, the movie made me like the book even more. I want to re-read it now.

As a latecomer to the whole The Hunger Games franchise, I don’t really know if there was any controversy about the cast. I vaguely remember hearing that people thought Jennifer Lawrence was too old and Josh Hutcherson was too short. And I’ve more recently heard things about people being upset that Cinna and Rue were played by African-American actors, but I won’t dignify that with a response other than asking those people to read the book carefully.

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were absolutely perfect as Katniss and Peeta. Nothing to complain about there.

The supporting cast was all well chosen too. Donald Sutherland is the only person who could have played President Snow, Lenny Kravitz was perfect as the quietly aloof but powerful Cinna, and Woody Harrelson stole the show as Haymitch.

If you haven’t seen this movie, see it. You won’t be disappointed.