'Hunger Games' author Suzanne Collins weighs in on the big question: Will lovers of the book be happy with the movie?

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Earlier today, author Suzanne Collins took to The Hunger Games Facebook page to share with fans her thoughts about the film version of her young adult novel after seeing a screening of the much-anticipated film. Collins updated fans as production started on the feature last year, so it’s fun to see the progression and to read her thoughts on the actual content of the film and how it envisions the world of Panem.

“I’m really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another,” Collins wrote. “It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers. And, my God, the actors. The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board.”

You, dear PopWatchers, will have to wait to give your take on book vs. movie until the film’s release on March 23. Until then, what do you think will be the most different? What details are you most worried about seeing on the cutting room floor?

Read Collins’ full statement below, where she addresses specific things she saw and liked in the film version:

Dear Readers,

I’ve just had the opportunity to see the finished film of The Hunger Games. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another. The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story. Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he’s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol. It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers. And, my God, the actors. The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how they’ve embodied the characters and brought them to life. So I’d like to sincerely thank all the many people who devoted their time and talents to the film, especially producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, and the excellent teams at Color Force, Larger Than Life, and Lionsgate. I hope you enjoy the film!

Suzanne Collins

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