BOOK VS MOVIE 1: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire description:
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
This book isn’t bad but it doesn’t have the same vibe as the first book… the first book had you on the edge of your seat with the action and hoping they’d survive while this book is more about Katniss trying to come to terms with her life… wondering if she should be with Gale or Peeta… wondering if she should try and calm the districts as the Capitol wants or lead a revolution… and ultimately trying to figure out who she can trust… there’s still action and a lot to keep you wanting to know what happens next but it just never quite achieves that same intensity as the Hunger Games did..
The movie on the other hand did both better and worse at the same time… just like the first movie it was nice to see what was going on elsewhere… when in the book you only knew what Katniss knew… It was interesting that they gave Snow a granddaughter, because it didn’t help show his humanity or make him more relatable… it instead showed another angle of why he hated Katniss so much and how he was seeing her influence everywhere… my main problem with the movie was that some of the clues in the book that help make sense of the ending wasn’t there… things they may not have made sense until later but I still thought were rather important in explaining who her allies were and what not… I guess in many ways since the book wasn’t necessarily my favorite it’s no surprise this movie wasn’t either… but they still did a good job with it and I can’t wait to see the next one…