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PSU sounds off on upcoming adaptions

Ceejay Bachus | culture editor

Now that we’ve met the new Superman, seen the Backstreet Boys perform in heaven and watched Brad Pitt travel the world to cure zombies, what else could Hollywood have in store? Your favorite novels, comics and plays, of course! With a year of sure-to-be popular upon us, PSU students weigh in on the hotly anticipated adaptations.
“I’m most interested in ‘Catching Fire,’” said Austin Masters, senior in finance, “I’ve read the ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy twice so I’m pretty obsessed.”
Starring Academy Award-winners Jennifer Lawrence, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Donald Sutherland, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” marks the return of Katniss Everdeen, victor of the 74th annual Hunger Games. She thinks her problems are over, but when she begins to inspire uprisings in Panem, she and her loved ones are thrown in to a whirlwind of trouble with the dangerous Capitol.
“I actually really enjoyed the last movie. It was intense,” Masters said, “I would’ve rather it had been rated R, though.”
Masters says because of the cast of characters highlighted in the first film, he’s curious to see how much time the film focuses on the newer characters like Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) and Johanna Mason (Jenna Malone).
“I’m actually a big fan of books becoming movies but I take them with a grain of salt,” Masters said.
Casie Hermansson, professor of English, says that film adaptations of books can be tricky because the two media are two completely different styles of storytelling attempting to convey the same narrative.
“I think that the issue is one of apples and oranges,” Hermansson said. “The media both tell stories. And because film often tells stories that are from literature, people have a strong expectation that the film will somehow be faithful to the book.”
Hermansson instructs a general education and a literature and film class on this very subject.
She says that books tell stories one way and films tell stories using a medley of different resources that authors don’t have at their disposal.
“I read ‘The Hobbit’ many, many years ago, several times, and I’m very happy they decided to split it into three movies, because I had no idea how they’d do it in one,” said Thomas Gregory, graduate student.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” follows Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and a troop of dwarves on a quest to reclaim a lost dwarf kingdom from that dragon, Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).
Gregory says that he doesn’t mind film adaptations although they require less imagination than books.
He added that he’s a fan of “Harry Potter” and “Avengers” and that he understands why films need to cut certain plot elements and characters.
“I’m most excited for ‘August: Osage County’ written by Tracy Letts,” said Taylor Patterson, junior in communication. “I think it’s a fantastic play that isn’t very well known and the film medium is a better way to get it out into the general public.”
Patterson says she’s excitement for the “Ender’s Game,” a sci-fi epic about children bred to go to war with an alien species, and “Thor: The Dark World,” the latest in Marvel’s “Avengers” saga.

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