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The Hunger Games: Book vs. Movie Comparison
Transcript of The Hunger Games: Book vs. Movie Comparison
Comparison by Mober Ember The book is written in first-person
narrative and told from the perspective
of the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen.
Because of this we can only see events
that happened around her character. The movie is told in third-person narrative. This is an important change, because this allows the viewer to learn more about events happening away from Katniss. In the book, Katniss's best friend, Gale Hawthorne, is only seen before the games begin. Katniss thinks about him, and explores her feelings for him, but his character does not reappear in the story. Since the movie is told in third-person narrative, we can see what Gale is doing while Katniss participates in the games. We see that he misses her and is upset by the on-screen relationship that is developing between Katniss and fellow tribute, Peeta Mellark. In the book, Katniss receives a gift of bread from District 11 because of the kindness she shows Rue, a fellow tribute, when she dies. In the movie, we see that the death of Rue begins a revolt against the Capitol officers in District 11. In the book, the death scenes are more gruesome and prolonged. For example, when Cato faces off against killer mutant dogs he suffers for several hours before Katniss kills him to put him out of his misery. In the movie, Cato suffers for only a few moments before Katniss kills him. This may have been because of time restraints and the movie rating. In the book, the character of the Game Maker is not fully developed. We do see that the game is falling apart, but we do not really see anymore of his story. The movie develops more of the back-story of the game itself, so we learn more about the Game Maker. Inference is made to the fact that he is going to be punished because the game is falling apart, but we do not see it happen. Viewers are left with the Game Maker being locked in a room with a bowl of the same fruit that Katniss and Peeta were going to use to kill themselves. In the book, Katniss recognizes that the beasts that they must battle are actually spliced together mutants of the deceased tributes. In the movie, the beasts are vicious mutant dogs. In the book, Thresh, who is from District 11, is killed by Cato, who is a "career tribute", which is someone who trained for the games from birth. In the movie, Thresh is killed off-screen by mutant dogs. In the book, the Mayor's daughter gives Katniss her Mockingjay pin. The Mockingjay is a cross between a bio-genetic bird created by the government to spy on the people and a Mockingbird. When the people found out about these birds they used them against the government to feed false information. The pin was a subtle dig at the Capitol. In the movie, Katniss gets her Mockingjay pin at The Hob, which is a type of black market, to give to her sister, Prim, on Reaping Day. She tells her it will keep her safe. Prim gives it back to her when she volunteers as tribute in her place. In the book, Peeta loses his leg after an injury in which Katniss has to use a tourniquet. Although Peeta is injured, there is no mention of him losing his leg in the movie. In the book, Haymitch tells Katniss to pretend to love Peeta because the Capitol thinks her idea to commit suicide is an act of treason. He wants it to appear that they loved each other so much that they couldn't live without each other. Peeta's feeling for Katniss are real, and he does not realize until the end of the book that she has been faking her love. The reader does get the idea that Katniss is contemplating how she feels about Peeta, but she is also torn because she realizes she feels more than just friendship for Gale. In the movie, you do not get the sense that Katniss is being cruel by pretending to love Peeta; the romance angle is played down. But, there is still evidence that Katniss has feelings for Peeta and Gale, and that she is feeling conflicted. There are other difference between the book and movie, but most of them are minor.
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