Saturday, February 21, 2015

Favorite Book

My favorite of the three books was the first "Hunger Games." With the way that most series are, usually the first is the best and most liked. The whole concept of a "gladiator" like fight to the death is such a foreign concept to anybody in our society that it was an attention grabbing topic. I really liked how Collins was describing this society as being such a broken up one separated into different districts and how this non democratic leader President Snow holds the  Hunger Games every year as a remembrance of the rebellion. Most people reading this book probably thought that this was a fictional society since the games were such an outrageous topic but when you think about it she is describing America in the future. I also really like the relationship Collins builds between Katniss and Prim. Their relationship starts strong at the beginning of the book and continues that way all throughout the series. This relationship is really the main focus of the book because if Katniss didn't feel so strongly about her sister she may not have volunteered at the reaping ceremony and the whole book would have been different. Prim's relationship with Katniss is also a strong factor all throughout the book event though she isn't talked about all of the time, Katniss' love for her is such a driving force for her to win the games. Lastly, I really liked this book because of Katniss and Peeta's relationship. They start out so shaky and not wanting to have anything to do with each other (mainly Katniss' choice) but their relationship grows to benefit their chances to win the games and in the end they both win because of their love for each other.    

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Catching Fire vs. Book

There were a few major differences between the book and movies in the second Hunger Games Catching Fire. First in the movie, the scene before Peeta and Katniss enter the arena is missing. In the movie, they just share the moment the night before when they have already left district 12. The next major difference is in the book Peeta cannot swim! This causes a problem because the arena is surrounded by water. In the movie, Peeta can swim so that is like a complete 180 from the books. Bonnie, Twill and Darius are also left out of the movie. These characters are important in the book because in the beginning of the book, Katniss meets Bonnie and Twill while out hunting. They tell Katniss about the existence of district 13 and how they are fleeing their district and seeking refuge in 13. This makes the connection for Katniss that the capitol is using old footage in news reports about district 13. In the movie, Katniss finds out about district 13 at the end and it doesn’t really play a huge part in the movie. In the book, her knowledge of district 13 kind of gives her a glimmer of hope. Darius is a peacekeeper who in the book tries to save Gayle from the whipping. He is turned into an Avox which is a person punished for treason and sent to work in the Capitol. He is strategically placed so Katniss sees him again when she is visiting the Capitol later on in the book. The whipping of Gayle is also left out of the movie. In the movie he is beaten for trying to stop another peacekeeper for beating up an innocent person in district 12. In the book he is whipped for hunting which is illegal. There isn’t a huge difference to the movie with this difference but it is different from the book.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Movie vs. Book

The first major difference of the books vs. the movie is the mocking jay pin. In the movie Katniss finds the pin at a rummage sale. In the book, the mayor’s daughter gives it to Katniss after the reaping ceremony before she leaves to go to the Capitol.  Katniss was very surprised that this happened because she didn't think that Madge liked her.
The next difference is during the opening ceremony. In the book, Cinna tells Katniss and Peeta to hold hands to gain support from the crowd, but in the movie, it is Peeta’s idea. This is not a good or bad difference, just a different way to go about establishing their relationship.
A major difference in the movie is when President Snow tells the Gamemaker not to give people hope for the tributes. There is no mention of this in the book. This is such a major difference because it gives away some of President Snows’ allure of not being the bad guy in the first movie. It hints at there being issues with him in the future because it shows how he isn't as nice or innocent as he is portrayed.
A minimal difference in the movie is the way Rue dies. In the movie she is trapped under a net and Katniss rescues her and she is freed before the tribute from District 1 throws the spear at her. In the book, Rue is speared while trapped under the net. After Rues death, District 11 revolts in the movie but that doesn’t happen in the books. The other districts aren't really shown in the books and this sets the movie in motion for more revolts and uprisings form the districts.
To me the biggest difference between the book and movie is when Katniss in the books believes that the romance “act” is to lure sponsors. In the movie, it isn't clearly made known whether or not the romance is pretend, and it is very clear that Peeta believes that it is real.

Hunger Games Book vs. Film Differences

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Why The Hunger Games?

When the Hunger Games first came out, I remember my brother being super into the books and I thought it was just another fad that would go away shortly after he started reading them. 2 weeks later I was in the hospital with mono with nothing to do but lay in a stretcher for days on end. My brother convinced me to read the books and I started and got into them and couldn't stop. The struggles and lifestyle that are described in the books are supposed to be portrayals of our future country, made me feel like I was living in the book. I felt like I was Katniss and pain she felt, I felt. My obsession grew quickly with the series and before i knew it was done with all three books. I was sad to see them finish but was even more excited to see the movies when they came out. The reason I wanted to take this class was to be able to delve into the story even further than I thought possible from the books and movies.  I want to be able to understand connections in the book and what they are referencing and outside events that influenced events in the books. 
My favorite character in the Hunger Games is Haymitch. He is such a stubborn character and i feel like I can truly connect with him. He is very resistant at the beginning of the book and doesn't seem to want to be the helpful mentor that Katniss expects him to be. As the story progresses and the relationship between Haymitch, Katniss and Peeta develop, he starts to show his softer more endearing side and it's nice to see how interactions with certain people can truly change a persons whole attitude and approach to not only their life but also to others.