There’s no prize for MTV polls. Even if the win was legitimate, a random poll on an online magazine means nothing. The whole purpose of this is to “beat Twilight,” but why? It’s so important to everyone that nobody anywhere thinks Twilight is better than the Hunger Games that everyone’s swarming to prove how good it is by sabotaging a poll, but in doing so they’re becoming as rabid and insufferable as Twilight fans.
“The Hunger Games” was published in 2010, and the movie is being released in 2012. To give everyone a sense of scale, here are some book-to-film adaptations that are probably more anticipated:
- “The Dark Knight Rises.” The last movie was released in 2008 with a cliffhanger ending and no word on whether or not the director planned to make a third movie. Almost no details of the film surfaced until Spring of 2011. Fans waited almost three years to find out the name of this film, then learned what actors were in it months later, then didn’t find out what characters those actors were playing for months after that.
- “Skyfall” continues the James Bond series started with “Casino Royale.” Since a lot of people didn’t like “Quantum of Solace,” which came out in 2008, diehard Bond fans have been waiting four years for a new film to take the bad taste from their mouths.
- “World War Z.” The book was published 6 years ago, and in that time has come to define the zombie genre. It is considered by many to be the most realistic scenario (that includes zombies) told in literature to date. Because of the nature of the book (short stories taking place around the world rather than direct narrative), many fans believed this book to be unfilmable, and never thought a movie would get made. 6 years.
- “Artemis Fowl” Published in 2001, with an upcoming film that’s been “in pre-production” and “coming out next year” for the past 11 years, with no sign of any of these things changing.
- “Les Misérables” the musical was released in 1980 with no film adaptations until this year. 32 years.
- “The Avengers.” The Avengers first appeared in 1963, and are one of the most iconic superhero teams ever. Some fans have been waiting 49 years for a major motion picture adaptation.
- “The Hobbit.” Published in 1937, there has never been a major motion picture adaptation of this novel. Animated TV specials notwithstanding, some fans have been waiting for 75 years. Fans who were babies when the book came out have literally died of old age waiting for this movie to be made and released.
Consider that before you insist everyone bomb the “most anticipated polls.” Consider that when you scold people for admitting they’re looking forward to one of these films more than the Hunger Games. And consider that before you post about how we’re not getting any information on the film. I love the Hunger Games, but when enthusiasm turns to venom, I get uncomfortable with the enthusiastic.