The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins, is about a girl named Katniss Everdeen who goes from a normal girl from District 12, to the volunteer tribute of the annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a competition between twelve-to-eighteen year olds that have to fight to the death until there is only one person left.
Katniss is accompanied by the male tribute Peeta Mellark and is forced to fight for her life against others who are tributes for the games. This book was recently made into a movie which was highly anticipated by both those who had and had not read the book. There were few changes involved.
In the middle of part one of the novel, after Katniss was entered into the games, she was given the mockingjay pin from her friend Maggie as good luck in the games. In the movie however, this was changed and in my opinion, it was for the better. Katniss was at the black market and spotted it at Greasy Sae’s shop. Sae gave it to her and Katniss then gave it to her sister Prim for good luck. It was only later given back by her sister and attached to her jacket during the games by Cinna.
One thing I really had a problem with in the movie was the constant movement of the camera. It seemed like it was meant to create a sense of confusion, but all it really did was irritate the eyes and make the events of the movie difficult to follow. In the book I believe it was described well enough that it did not have to be done that way. Although, I do not know if the movie would have gotten its PG-13 rating if it had not. I have some mixed feelings.
I had a realization as I was watching the movie that I didn’t figure out when reading the book. The character Foxface was an important character, but the actress herself didn’t matter. All she had to do was run in as fast as she could, run out, and be done with her time. The only other time she did something different was when she died. It was somewhat sad to see Foxface as the girl who just runs in and out all the time.
There was an extra scene added into the movie that I absolutely loved. After Rue died, Katniss decorated her with flowers. After doing so, she took three fingers, kissed her lips with them, and held out the fingers. A crowd in District 11 (the district Rue was from) was watching the games, repeated the gesture, and was inspired to begin attacking the Peace Keepers. I loved this because it showed unrest in the people. It wasn’t needed but I still think it was a really good choice.
The dogs in the movie were not like the mutant dogs in the book. They were just dogs that could run very fast and could tear a person to shreds. In the book, they were mixed with all the tributes that had already died in the arena. This was kind of a turning point for Katniss when she began to realize the evils of the Capitol. I wish they had added this.
The movie altogether was a beauty and I had very few complaints that would make me really dislike it. I can imagine that they will be producing a sequel because of how well-received the Hunger Games film was. I can say for certain that it was so much better than Twilight. And yes, I do mean in every single aspect of those movies and books combined.