By Haylee Damato
It’s the book that has made New York Times Best Seller list multiple times and the trilogy that has become a Hollywood hit. The Hunger Games has taken the world by storm and won the hearts of many young adults.
Since the three books were published between 2008 and 2010, anticipation rose to extremes of whether or not a movie was in the works. That anticipation was put to rest when it arrived in theatres in 2012. The Hunger Games was an instant hit, and, during the first weekend, made an estimated $125.5 million.
Dalia Dahir is a student at William Peace University and a devoted fan. She has read all three of the novels and was front and center opening weekend to watch the famous film. Often, actors can have trouble portraying their characters in the way that readers envision them throughout novels; however, Dahir has a different opinion.
“I think they did a fantastic job with the casting, and the actors portrayed the characters very well,” Dahir said. “I love both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, and I think they made a perfect team as Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark.”
Although the movie was a box office hit, Dahir said she prefers the book to the movie.
“My golden rule is that the book is always going to be better than the movie,” Dahir said.
Dahir, who will have been a student at Peace for three years prior to the university going co-ed in August, expresses the importance of female empowerment in the film through the portrayal of a dominant female character.
“I also enjoyed The Hunger Games because it has a badass female lead, and who doesn’t love that?” Dahir said.