“Everything is dead letter; the spirit of living conversation has vanished. We express our love and anger in letters, quarrel and become reconciled in letters; all our personal relations are by correspondence; and when we get together, we know of no other entertainment than playing or reading aloud. Hence, it has come to pass that man has almost lost value for his fellow man.”
-Moses Mendelssohn 1783
The Hunger Games movie is taking some shit right now in the reviews for tragically misguided readings of the text. Disclaimer: I have read all the books and loved them deeply, so I do not know how to approach this movie from the perspective of someone who has not yet succumb. Not my problem, READ THEM! Yes the camera was too shaky, yes the costumes were sub par and YES we obvi needed more grinding-on Peta-in-a-cave-for-soup action, but there were so many other excellent aspects of this movie that far outstrip any such trivial difficulties.