The Hunger Games: The Book Versus The Movie Series And How They Stack UpJasselene's Writing Portfolio. Have you ever seen the Hunger Games movie and read the Hunger Games book? Have you ever noticed the superficial differences between them? Although they bear some superficial differences, the similarities between the Hunger Games book and the Hunger Games movie are pronounced. To begin, the Hunger Games movie is a very interesting movie that is modified in order to clarify several concepts that cannot be presented as they were written by Suzanne Collins.
The Hunger Games: The Book Versus The Movie Series And How They Stack Up
After seeing Mockingjay — Part 2 for the fourth time this weekend, I feel pretty content that one of my all-time favorite series has finally come to a close. I first read the captivating series The Hunger Games while I was a freshman in college, when I secluded myself to my dorm for an entire weekend and ugly sobbed as Katniss and Peeta's story started and ended. It wasn't long before the first movie came out, and I remember going in hoping for the best. And I wasn't disappointed. The Hunger Games franchise is easily one of the best book-to-movie adaptations.
I am a big fan of the world and the characters, and I have been ever since I discovered it. However, my biggest book confession is this; it is not the books that I am in love with, but the films. This is the first time ever that I have admitted to preferring a film adaptation to its original book. The first time I ever heard of it was when I watched the first film at a sleepover with my best friend for Guy Fawkes Night in November , 8 months after its cinematic release. I was vaguely aware there was a new blockbuster film on the block, but I am not a fan of movies in general, so while it entered my subconscious, I was never completely aware of the details of the film, let alone the books. I may have been living under a rock, but I seriously did not know that the trilogy existed.
Since this is my first Book Vs. Film, I feel I should preface it with my personal feelings on adaptations. I love a great adaptation, but I also believe that getting the best movie from a good book rarely means sticking slavishly to the source material. I love Battle Royale. Seems like missed opportunities on both sides to me.
The Characters & Cast
Behold, the major differences we noticed on The Hunger Games movie versus the book. Massive spoilers throughout! Book version: Katniss is given the pin by the Mayor's daughter, Madge. This comes as a surprise as she thought Madge didn't like her. The pin is explained to be a subtle dig at the The Capitol, as Mockingjays were the comical result of a bio-genetic spying program that the general public gradually became aware of and used against the government. Movie version: Katniss finds the Mockingjay pin at a rummage sale, but there's no explanation of why the pin would be considered inflammatory towards President Snow and the ruling class. Level of Change: Rather large as it doesn't set up District 12's Mayor as being somewhat human, and doesn't show why the Mockingjay symbol matters.
If you decided against taking notes after all and wrote all this from memory, you are a machine, Flann. I was going to reread the book this weekend in preparation for the movie and I'm so happy you saved me from myself. I had such high expectations for Woody and I'm sorry that he was a disappointment, but on the other hand, I was right about Lenny Kravitz and I'm doing my little happy dance now because of that. And I'm amazed by those people who came dressed as Katniss or tributes. People in Croatia never do these things! It must be fun.