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Surprise: The Hunger Games!

Judah, Tilly, and Iris watching The Hunger Games!

If you read my blog, you probably haven’t missed the fact that my older kids are Hunger Games fans. I read the books at the prompting of my children. I didn’t love them…mainly because I feel like it’s an old story that’s been rehashed enough. I didn’t feel like Susanne Collin’s version is particularly clever. Stephen King wrote about reality games and fighting to the death back when I was a teen. Add that to the fact that these books are written for teens, and it just isn’t my style. But, I love my children dearly and told Chuck months ago I wanted to surprise the older three by taking them to see the Hunger Games in the theater. They’ve been asking to watch it and I’ve been hemming and hawing…they had pretty much come to the conclusion that they would have to wait for it to come out on DVD before they could see it.

Little did they know, I bought the tickets online as soon as they were available. I also contacted Iris and Tilly’s friend’s mom (wow, that was complicated) so she could come along too. As it turned out though, Devon was sick, but her brother, Judah’s friend got to come along!  My girls made executing this plan simple by asking me to take them to buy fish for their aquarium. All I had to do was invite Judah along!

You should have seen the looks on their face when I pulled into the mall/theater parking lot. I could see they were hoping…but not wanting to be disappointed. So, I pulled the tickets out of my bag…let’s just say I had three very happy children.

For a great, concise review, read Abigail’s review of the Hunger Games books. Abigail is a lovely young woman, our former babysitter and pastor’s daughter. She does a great job articulating the themes of the book.

As far as my opinion of the movie? I thought it was appropriate for my 13 and older kids. Violence was kept off-camera. Katniss and Peeta were very well cast. Damn and hell were each said perhaps twice, but there was no other swearing. The only “romance” was a couple of tame kisses between Peeta and Katniss.

Katniss isn’t your average strong, fearless woman leader. She’s a down-to-earth get-things-done kind of gal who is scared, but willing to do what needs to be done to protect her family. Peeta is a bit on the wimpy side (as he is in the books) but Gale is certainly a strong male character. Gale isn’t seen much in this movie, but will be more prominent in the sequels…and in case you’re wondering, I’m Team Gale 🙂

Having only read the books once (and not recently), I’m in no position to compare the movie adaptation to the books. I will say I enjoyed the movie, but am not in any particular hurry to see it again (though my kids are). Enoch (12) will be allowed to watch the movie when the DVD comes out this fall.



  1. Lenae

    Look at their smiles! I love surprises like that; what a cool mom you are 🙂

    (P.S. I think I’m the only person in my circle of friends and acquaintances who’s yet to jump on the HG wagon… I might have to cave and read them, just so I can hold a conversation 🙂 )

  2. Elizabeth

    Glad to know your opinion on it. I’ve neither read nor watched anything about it. I’ve only seen/heard peoples comments. The popularity of it currently turns me off due to a slightly (or not to slight) rebellious spirit. *smile* “Teen” style fiction doesn’t attract me as much anyway. What a fun surprise though for you kids!

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Elizabeth- I agree. Teen fiction and trendy…not my style at all 🙂 I forced my way through all three books because the kids wanted me to read them. I’m glad I did and Tilly declared on Facebook that we’re the best parents ever. Totally worth it 🙂

  3. Emily

    I think it is so great that you read the books after the prompting of your kids. Awesome how actively you stay involved in what they are into. I totally respect your opinions about the books, but I just thought I’d share:

    My sister teaches grade 9 and used the book as a novel study. I helped her out on some of the assignments and it was so incredible to see these kids grasping the greater themes and how relevant they are in our world (ie disparity, materialism, desensitization.) Anything that can maintain these young teens attention for more than a millisecond and direct them to important, worldly lessons gets an A in my book! Your kids seem like they don’t need the prompting, but others out there certainly do. Just another perspective!

    I love your photography and blog, I found it a couple months ago through a baby name blog!

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Emily- my older kids have read Animal Farm and Farenheit 451, so we’ve had some great discussions. And the Hunger Games does have some great themes running through it.

  4. Lou

    I loved the movie. As I said before, I found the books a bit gruesome in places and loved them. Mind you, I’ve not read any Stephen King and so the story was new for me. I was disappointed that so much seemed to be chopped for the movie (except the gruesome parts!) but really loved the movie. I was glad they made it at a level younger teens could see. I saw it with a (very mature) 11 year old and she was fine. In fact, I was the only one scared (in one part only) and grabbing her arm. Which gave her a big laugh.

  5. Rebekah

    You know, the older kids in our house have been begging for the books. We just splurged at the book store the other week, and I’ve been hesitant to go splurge again. I just hate getting sucked in to the newest fad book series…. but I guess instead I should just be supporting their wonderful reading addicion. I’ve never surprised my kids with a visit to the theater like that ! Clever.

  6. Jo

    My husband read them, and he said I would love the fact that they learn to self-sustain, but that the games part was not for me. So I have not read them. I never watch or read something unless he says ok, needless to say I have seen VERY little rated R movies. My son would probably love the movie, and after he reads the books (daddy said yes for him) then we would let him see the DVD. Glad you have a review on it, makes me feel more OK about letting him see it. I know you are particular.

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