I’m not criticizing the series concept as much as the idea to adapt it to film.
So more like “let’s make a film so people it more.” Film axes Literature so the literature is not in the finished product, so the resulting film is just killing without the literary context to explain it. All we see are the genre elements because we are outside Katniss’ head in the movie.
In the novel, we get access to Katniss’ thoughts, which is what holds it all together. Take that out of the equation, the fusion doesn’t work and it makes for a bad movie.
I don’t think a literary genre fusion works anyway, but putting it on film took whatever flaws there were with the idea in the first place and made them bigger. Much bigger.
aside, talking to herself, in irritation Come on, Miss_S, you’re on a kid’s forum. Stop talking on Ridiculous Literature Level 94. Genre is like fantasy and sci-fi, and literature is like War and Peace. Nobody gets dopamine from War and Peace, it’s like a commentary on Russian culture and war, truth and lies the Russians believed.
So the Hunger Games is like a cultural commentary on American culture. Parallels could drawn to the government and the college system in America, and that is mostly played out in Katniss’ thoughts in relation to the government. The movie adaptation does not have these thoughts, so it looks like a mindless killing spree with no point. Talk, Miss S! Use words!