So I'm pleased to say that I think the movie IS a fair rendering of the story into film and very enjoyable. As you'd expect, there's been pruning to fit the story into two hours, with several characters fading out, but on the other hand, I liked the added characterization of the Game Maker and his fate. The biggest change was the expected one: downplaying the carnage, gore, and suffering. This had to be a PG-13 rated film so that it's core audience could watch. So... violence was more suggested than shown. (Fine by me.)
I liked all the characters and acting, especially Stanley Tucci's Master of Ceremonies. (I'm a big fan of Tucci in any film.)
Cover illustrations from Wired.com GeekDad's article about books for/about Geek Girls
When I saw the movie Saturday, there was a large audience of teen girls who had obviously seen the film several times already and memorized it well enough to answer back to dialogue here and there. This is the first film I've seen that happen to in a long time. Shows a certain enthusiasm I think.
HERE's my earlier post on the Hunger Game books.