I liked it and I think it was a pretty good adaptation of the book. Obviously they had to change things in order for it to work on the big screen, so that didn't really bother me. I think seeing the movie really helped me understand more things about story telling, plot structure and character choices, even more than the book did. (Or just because I read the book so long ago before I started reading with a critical eye/writing).
For me, what I'm struggling with right now, is when my MC has to make the choice to fight, despite having originally being a timid/self-conscious person. In seeing the Hunger Games, for me that part was when Rue is killed. Katniss sees this innocent little girl killed on the Capitol's whim. She sees how sick the Hunger Games are, (though she already knew that), and makes a conscious choice to start playing the game to win. It's also the first time she directly kills someone (the track jacker kills just being a by-product of her actions, but this time she kills a tribute directly with her bow). It's this choice that defines Katniss as a strong character and someone to root for. We also see her compassion towards Rue. While I don't think Katniss grows that much as a character in this book, this scene and choice is the most significant.
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I think I also liked Gale a lot more, because we actually got a glimpse at his pain.
How did you like the Hunger Games? What was your favorite part? Or part you wish they would have included or changed?