Celebuzz.com published a story earlier today speculating that the Hunger Games movie may be more focused on romance than the novel it’s based on:
In their story, L&S reports that to make the first movie a bit more interesting, “scenes have been added in to give the heartthrob a larger role on-screen and make the love triangle steamier and a bigger aspect early on in the franchise.” That will surely make the love triangle between hotties Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth that much more fun to watch.
Of course, all of this is just rumors at this point, and we should all take comfort in the fact that Suzanne Collins was a co-writer on the final draft of the script which seems to suggest that the movie won’t stray too far from the central themes of the book.
While the romance is an important element in the stories, it is definitely not the main focus of Katniss. We hope the Lionsgate understands this the Hunger Games is far more than a love-triangle– it is an exploration of sacrifice, survival, oppression, and (especially in the first book) the dangers of a culture obsessed with entertainment.
Katniss is not Bella Swan– her decisions are far greater than matters of the heart; they are a matter of life and death.
However, the love-triangle between Peeta, Katniss, and Gale can be done tastefully and relatively unobtrusively. For example, take an already ‘steamy’ piece like the cave scene, and increase the tension by showing Gale’s reaction as he watches Peeta and Katniss from his home in District 12. That wouldn’t change Katniss’s thoughts and feelings in the cave, but it would definitely show that her relationship with Gale is not as uncomplicated as she wants to believe.
How would you feel if more romance was injected into the film? Let us know in the comments!