Saturday, October 25, 2014

Books VS. Movies: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

It seems like nowadays that all of our favorite books are being turned into movies. This meme is about the failures and winners of the silver screen in comparison to their books.

Despite how well the movie did, I can't say that I think that this movie did the book justice. When I first heard that this trilogy was going to be made into movies, I like many other people quickly went and read the books first. I don't have any written reviews on these books, but in general I thought they were great. They were so full of depth, with amazing characters and setting. That being said, when I read The Hunger Games I didn't think it made sense to make it into a movie. Most of it is Katniss by herself wandering around, not having much interaction at all. Plus, I feel like she's a really internal character which is something that doesn't translate to the silver screen well.

Where the movie failed:

I already said how Katniss is a very internal character and that doesn't translate well into film but I had other problems with her in the movie. I don't know if it's because of Jennifer Lawrence or the director, but the Katniss in the movie seems more timid and vulnerable. While book Katniss is a badass, who depends on only herself, and shows very little weakness. 

Also, the movie has a lot of cool effects but it doesn't make up for the fact that it was made in a way that only those of us who have read the books would understand the plot completely. I watched this movie with friends and family at home, and I paused several times to explain the plot. In addition, the movie had random scenes that were really slow with no dialogue.

It wasn't clear in the movie that Katniss was struggling with her feelings for Peeta. In the book, we know that she has sworn never to be in a romantic relationship due to the terrible society that she lives in, knowing that caring for people only brings more pain and reproducing has the same effect. The book also has audience wondering about Peeta's feelings. Is he playing her or are they real? The movie makes it seem like Katniss is just awkward and Peeta is obviously in love with her. For me, the best part of Katniss and Peeta's relationship is their struggle in their feelings for each other and I don't think the movie spent enough time on that. 

 I hope you guys liked this one, I'm still working out the kinks for this meme, which is why they don't have a set structure so please bear with me until I figure it out. 

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