This week in unwelcome news, it’s rumored that the script for Suzanne Collins’s popular dystopian fantasy trilogy The Hunger Games will play up the “love triangle” between lead character, Katniss, and her two prospective beaus, Peeta and Gale, in an attempt to …
… appeal to Twilight fans. This is, to say the least, disappointing.
I read the books over the past week or so, and admired the way that Collins had written Katniss as a “strong female character” without her toughness reading as “sassy.” Instead, Katniss is well-rounded, her thoughts, intentions, motivations and comprehension of the world both very real and very understandable. And a big part of the character is her obliviousness — especially early on — to anything related to romance. Playing up the love triangle may take away from her toughness or even her individuality as a character, but most importantly I think it takes the story away from being a post-apocalyptic tale of survival and instead makes it another stale teen flick.
What makes the move particularly funny, and I will warn that this is a bit spoilery, is that in the books themselves Katniss plays up romance for the cameras as a way of appealing to the lowest-common-denominator spectators of The Hunger Games as a way of gaining sponors during the event. At one point, she’s told that having men pining after her makes her far more interesting than she would be on her own.
I hope for the sake of the movies — which I’m still looking forward to, as Jennifer Lawrence currently can do no wrong — that this is a false rumor, but I don’t hold out a ton of hope, especially given how dull and unoriginal so much of the cinematic landscape has been all year.