Just got back from watching The Hunger Games a little while ago. I enjoyed it, I thought they did a good job adapting it to film. My friends who I went to see it with only thought it was "okay". I've only read the first book, and they've read the entire series. I think this may have colored their opinion somewhat.
Go see it, it's good! I have a few nitpickey type complaints but overall I really liked it and would recommend it.
They aren't 'mean' exactly, its just the way they catch prey. They use a special sensory organ that detects electrical impulses. It faces down as they prefer to eat bottom dwelling fish. So if you happen to be below one when it swims over you, it might mistake you for food because it doesn't actually look at you.
If you limit your diving to shallow water it reduces the amount of dangerous sharks you are likely to encounter. You are not likely to run into a Great White, Giant Hammerhead, or Oceanic White Tip for instance, and that rules out a huge chunk of the dangerous speices (there are only like 5, out of 300+). Tiger and Bull Sharks though live on the reef and so when you are diving in area's with those species you must be careful.
Anything that teens get attached to will become a big deal. For ever teen that sees a movie, they're usually attached to an adult or a group of friends (lots of $$$). Those movies are rightfully promoted like crazy.
My 9 yr old wants to read this book. I never heard of it before the last few weeks myself. Is he too young for this? Thanks.
I'd recommend reading it first. Depends on your son's maturity level and your standards. It's not super graphic, but there are a lot of deaths and they can be disturbing. I love these books and looking forward to seeing the movie.