questionshow come there is so much hype about the hunger…

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Because people are sheep, and will dive head first into anything deemed "popular." At least that's my opinion.

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@claudicina: I don't think that's the reason at all. The Hunger Games is a great story. It's not meant to be a high-brow storyline about a dystopian future, but it is a really good (and pretty disturbing) take on a future post-apocalyptic world.

It's just a plain, good old-fashioned story. And the movie looks to be fairly faithful to the books.

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It getting a lot of hype because of how amazing the books are! I think the movie lived up to the hype. I really liked it and thought it did the book justice. If you likes the book you have to see the movie, and even if you haven't read the book you'll still like it.

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Sorry. I'm just not that interested. Read the jackets and wasn't impressed. I'm sure this will get down voted as well, but it's just my opinion. I'm sure they are great if you like that type of story. shrug just my 2 cents.

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@miyoshinum5:

Yeah, you were going to see it Thursday night (well, Friday morning). I take it you liked it.

My daughter away at college was planning to see it Friday evening; I haven't spoken with her yet (tomorrow probably) so I don't have any reports from people I trust.

However, several friends of my other daughter already saw it and stated "they ruined it trying to make it PG-13." I don't know these people well so take their comment with a grain of salt, as I will take your reply to this question (no offense intended).

Unless my gf decides she wants to see it with me, I'll wait until it is available to me for free or close to it and more importantly, without crowds.

I enjoyed the books but that means that I will likely NOT enjoy the movie as much, if at all.

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Because people need to fill the empty void that is known as their life with entertainment and material goods. Don't get me wrong, my life is empty and I fill it with HBO and woot, but at least I acknowledge it.

...I think I have been reading too much Nietzsche and Kierkegaard.

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considering it's a not so subtle clone of battle royale - i'm not sure why the hype either. Are the books good? sure... but battle royale did it better (not just the movie, but the manga, etc)

however, most people don't know BR because it's japanese, so this brings the story to the american audience. The story isn't new - this is just a new take. Frankly i liked Schwarzenegger's version better ;)

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Because people are always hungry and eating in overweight America. Why not make it even more enjoyably by turning it into a game?

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When I first saw the ads I thought it was a remake of Logan's Run. I was going to see it because of this, but it has been marketed so much I am now wondering if they needed to spend that much money selling their movie , is there enough story to make the movie compelling?

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So much hype because there is so much money to be made. Remember that this was a book series designed for the pre-teen and young teen girl. (10-14) The movie looks to jump on the target audience from Twilight (note the team Pete/team Gale references) and bank it. The books had no sex beyond kissing, and little real violence, most was implied. This is perfect for a PG13 rating.

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Hey, when the Godfather came out, before multiplexes, I waited a couple of hours in line to see it.

The Hunger Games are YA (young adult females) books (not saying YA exclusively, I know some stories cross age lines; who doesn't enjoy an occasional visit to Dr. Suess?). Look at the Harry Potter franchise, the Twilight Saga franchise...who is their main demographic? Young adults. Those with expendable income and lots of extra time (and energy...laughing).

Speaking long lines I still haven't seen any of the LoTR movies, but I got the extended version set a few months ago.

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People really liked Battle Royale and now more can watch the age appropriate version.

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@baqui63: I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, although I definitely noticed that the severity was brought down for the PG13 rating. They did it fairly well by moving quickly through the scenes so it was still impactful. I was impressed with the number of minor (but important) story arcs that they brought into the movie in bits and pieces that one probably wouldn't fully understand if you hadn't read the book but weren't really out of place in the movie. Of course the full character development and full society development weren't there, but there is only so much that can be done during a movie. It was very true to the book - one of the best book adaptations I've seen.

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It seems like a lot (or at least some) of people commenting here are anti anything popular that doesn't fit into their real of interest because it must be a bunch of airheads blindly following corporate marketing. I think that applies to some products, but not really here.

I know noting about the books or movies, but I do know my mother (63 years old) and son (11 years old) both really liked he books. It seems that the books are very popular (I know several people who have read them), so that would obviously translate into a lot of movie hype.

I don't read much, so I am extremely interested, however, I will see it eventually since the reviews seem to be pretty positive and my family members are excited.

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I read this book last year and loved it, as well as the others in the trilogy. I had no idea it would be this popular. We live in a time of growing conflict between the haves and have-nots (think the Occupy movement), worldwide government protests, mixed with end-of-the-world/survival mentality (for some). So it makes sense this book would resonate. On a simple level, the romance and hero/heroine storyline appeals to teens. And I am for any books that get young people to read more.
I haven't seen the movie yet, will wait till it is less crowded. I wonder if there will be a video game?

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@mtrlgrl: "We live in a time of growing conflict between the haves and have-nots (think the Occupy movement), worldwide government protests, mixed with end-of-the-world/survival mentality (for some)."
Not arguing, but remember 'wag the dog'. Many things are a mere distraction. Not a conspiracy theorist, too many facts. Our job is to look deeper.
Oh, and I for one have grown to dislike post-apocolyptic wares, I feel they've worn it out.

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If it will make Harry Potter go away, I'm in...

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it's a popular series of books among teens and young adults. A la harry potter and twilight. Same type of hype.

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The girl looks pretty, IMHO.. plus the plot sounds interesting and I like the way they depicted the futurism there.

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@goatcrapp: Forget about that, neither battle royale or Hunger games are much different from Stephen King's Running Man or The Long Walk.

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@cstlfx: hence my comment about liking the governator's performance better as far as the movies go(running man)