Suzanne Collins: 'The Hunger Games' Movie Is 'Rich and Powerful'

[caption id="attachment_112141" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Lionsgate"]Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket in "The Hunger Games"[/caption]

With less than a month to go until "The Hunger Games" hits theaters, Suzanne Collins has officially given the film adaptation her authorial stamp of approval.

Collins took to Facebook today to pen a letter to her faithful "Hunger Games" readers, saying "I'm really happy with how [the movie] 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."

Ooooh! Snow's rose garden! Didn't see that one coming for this installment, did you?

Collins also commented on what she felt director Gary Ross — who she'd collaborated with on the script — and his team were able to accomplish with regard to production design of her fictional world.

"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," she wrote. "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."

Finally, Collins heaped major praise on the film's cast as well, particularly Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen). "[M]y 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."

Last week, Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark) shared his own review of "The Hunger Games" on Twitter, gushing, "I really, truly, love it. I'm bad about being able to say that too. Which says a lot. It tells the story perfectly and the acting amazes me... Jennifer, Liam, Woody, Elizabeth, Lenny, Donald, EVERYONE, was fantastic... Gary Ross is simply a genius. I can't wait for everyone to see it!"

"The Hunger Games" hits theaters on March 23rd, 2012 (as if you didn't already know)!