Trailer Time: The Hunger Games

So, I went to my final workshop.  This time I brought the first two pages of a short story I’d worked on awhile back and had to set aside in favor of more pressing projects.  As you might imagine, my story was fantasy.  The workshop leader leans toward literary fiction.  In his notes, he compared my story fragment to The Hunger Games, which struck me as odd.  I’ve never seen the movie or read the book.  It’s more the kind of thing my step-son would be interested in.  He has seen the movie, but he got bored with the book.  He’s fifteen and into drums and technology, so getting him to read anything is something of an achievement.

Anyway, I decided to seek out a book trailer for The Hunger Games to try to determine if there really was a similarity or if the similarity was one of genre alone.  Searching for a book trailer about a bestselling novel that has become a theatrical movie is a challenge, but I think I’ve found a real book trailer amidst all the movie trailers and fan-made videos.  (Note to self:  Having a book/movie that is so popular that fans make videos for you would be kind of cool!)

So, let’s take a look!

The concept of the story comes in at the forefront of this trailer, which is understandable considering the concept is the cornerstone of the story.  We get snippets of characters.  Not enough to latch on to, but enough to be confident that the writer knew reader empathy is driven by characters, not concepts.  The overwhelming hallmark of the piece is the pace—it’s fast, very fast.  Though, considering that my step-son got bored reading the book, I have to wonder whether the book holds up to that pace.

So far, it doesn’t seem like the same kind of story at all.  Concept is a big part of any fantasy story, but my story seems to put a lot more focus on character.  While parts of my story have a bit of a dystopian feel to it, my story is much more about unforeseen consequences than human tyranny.  The narration is heavy on introspection interlaced with action, which slows the pace down considerably (but I hope not too much).  It’s a story written for adults, not teens.  Survival is a factor, but the survival has more kinship to pioneers than prisoners.

It’s a good trailer with a lot of visual appeal, but not so much that it overwhelms the medium it’s intended to advertise—which is what I expected.  Still, for this particular exercise, I have to say the match-up doesn’t fit.

About Stephanie Allen Crist

Stephanie created and produces in answer to a call from God to use her experiences and gifts to help others. Stephanie is also the author of and two books that can be found on that site. Stephanie strives to share her love, faith, and talents in an inclusive manner to help others who know spiritual pain and who know the bitter taste of the dregs of despair.
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4 Responses to Trailer Time: The Hunger Games

  1. acflory says:

    I saw the movie first and grudgingly like it. Then I finally forced myself to read the books and loved them. You get more action in the movie because it /is/ a movie but in the books the characters emerge as the most important elements of the story – which is possibly why a 15 year old would find it boring. To be honest I didn’t really see the Hunger Games trilogy as YA at all because it had so much more depth than books I associate with that genre. If that person compared your fantasy to the Hunger Games I’d take it as a compliment. 🙂

    • I’ll take your word for it. 🙂

      The movie trailers I’ve seen make the movie seem like it’s targeting teenagers. At least, around here, that’s who it seems to have interested. I might give it a chance. I might not.

  2. It’s a time factor. Until I finish my graduate degree, my leisure reading time is very limited. 😦

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