‘Hunger Games’ breaks a ‘Twilight’ ticket sales record | Inside Movies | EW.com

The Hunger Games is certainly one of the most anticipated book adaptations to hit screens this year (The Hobbit still seems so many months way away).

Will it be bigger than Twilight? I can only hope that this film merits its popularity in ways that the Twilight films have notoriously not merited their popularity.

‘Hunger Games’ breaks a ‘Twilight’ ticket sales record | Inside Movies | EW.com.

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2 thoughts on “‘Hunger Games’ breaks a ‘Twilight’ ticket sales record | Inside Movies | EW.com

  1. I have an unreasonable wish that ‘The Hunger Games’ film adaptations do better business (and are better films) than the ‘Twilight’ films, but I have read neither book series, and thus I have no justification for such a desire. Somewhere on the first page of the first Twilight book a character is said to have “sauntered”, and so I set it aside, rather snobbishly. I did not adhere to the rule of being a charitable audience – I didn’t place myself in the position of someone who might enjoy such prose.

    You write “I can only hope that this film merits its popularity in ways that the Twilight films have notoriously not merited their popularity.” Such a statement fascinates me. What does it mean for a film to merit its popularity? More importantly, who determines whether a film has merited its popularity? Implicit in such a statement, it seems to me, is that the audience who decides an entertainment’s popularity (which speaks inherently of an entertainment’s enjoyment value) doesn’t get to have a say as to that entertainment’s merit. It seems that an aspect of an entertainment that an audience member finds merit in might be an aspect derided by a critic.

    • You’re right – I did make a very subjective statement. I guess I have always put myself in the movie critic(/snob?) camp, and therefore made my judgments relative to this viewer standpoint within which I have placed myself. If you look on any Twilight film’s Rotten Tomato page, the difference between the critic ratings and audience ratings are profound. Having never read the books myself (for basically the same reasons as you), I cannot make an objective statement as to the films’ “meritoriousness” as adaptations. I guess this is a fine line I’ll have to walk as I figure out where I’m going with this blog, but I do plan to (for the most part) review book adaptations relative to their books only once I’ve actually read/seen both.

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