Dear Hunger Games,
(Yes LTT reader, you’re in the right place) I want to tell you a story about a picture- a picture I saw THREE Years ago that changed my life. A picture that, after I saw was accompanied by a video about the making of the picture, I spent hours watching and wondering about trying to figure out what was going on with the characters .
In this picture the lead female was wearing converse. The two men she is torn between are both present in the picture, but you wouldn’t know yet that there is a love triangle. There are hunky dudes. There’s a black guy. Some of the guys are pretty short- like it would have been better had they made him stand on a box. There are girls clinging to their male friends. The colors were raw & bland- almost sepia like. They were in a field- a dry field, almost a desert but with trees. It was… perfection. The perfect beginning for an incredible story. You know what I’m talking about. It was…..this:
Wait. That’s not right. Wait.. Is it? What happened? It looks different. But it looks the same? Short guy in the back? Is that you Taylor? Hunky dark-hair dude- you’re Rob? Did Renesmee join this picture?? What the…
Ohhhhh, I see. This is the cast of The Hunger Games. Here is the picture I was talking about:
I see what you’re doing here. You’re trying to copy Twi. It worked for them, right? After this picture the saga went on to be a multi-billion dollar smash hit for Summit. Trying to steal some of their “Vanity-Fair Style” beginnings, eh? Or we’re there really no other locations left for photos-hoots in California?
The other night I was at a dinner reunion of the BBC (Brookelockart, Bunny (My real name, remember?) and Calliopeblabs) and we were discussing this picture and how obviously it looks like the first Twilight cast picture. You can’t ignore that fact. Did you do that intentionally? To get us talking about it? Maybe. It worked. But we started talking about The Hunger Games & what the frenzy WILL be like once the first movie is finally released. Will it be like Twilight? Will it be worse? Less? Or just… different? Brooke mentioned she recently saw the promo pic for “Warm Bodies” the zombie love story that Summit is making into a film. Look familiar? Yeah.
Can the Twilight frenzy be replicated? Is it different than the frezies of other sagas? I think so. I’m here writing on a Twilight blog, not a Harry Potter blog or Hunger Games blog. But maybe that’s just me.
One big difference I see with Twilight is the romance. It’s central to the story. For Harry Potter & The Hunger Games it’s just a nice side note amidst what could be really sad without the lightness that it brings. So the romance in Twilight means its going to appeal mainly to girls & the occasional sensitive unicorn. Other movies (like you, Hunger Games) have had (and have the potential for) a big male following. Appealing to mostly girls means more passion more drama & more … well, whatever you call you the Nonsten/Robsten stuff (and HEY- Harry Potter didn’t have that… two cast members who did it (or didn’t do it. whatever) off screen… That DOES mean something with Twilight!)
But I think you should do your own thing .. Cuz your story is pretty damn great
What do you think? Did you think “Twilight” the MINUTE you saw The Hunger Games picture like we and all the people who emailed/tweeted & facebooked us did? And that guy playing Peetah is gay right? (I’m a big fan of the books but soooo out of it when it comes to the movies. MAN he’s short)
Updated Friday afternoon
I apologize. I forgot the most important part of today’s letter:
There it is!