The Hunger Games: 10 Differences Between the Movie & the Book

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Hunger Games Book vs. Film Differences The Hunger Games has arrived in theaters. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, the movie is an adaptation of the first in a trilogy of books written by Suzanne Collins. In adapting the book into a motion picture, it was inevitable that changes would be made: characters would be removed, dialogue would be edited out and certain scenes would be deleted. Fortunately, Collins - who has publicly praised the film - wrote the screenplay alongside director Gary Ross and writer Billy Ray (State of Play). With that in mind, The Hunger Games film captures much of the main story - but there are still numerous differences between the book and the movie, and we've come up with a list of 10 big differences between the two. If we're missing any major differences, please let us know in the comments section, and as always, "may the odds be ever in your favor." WARNING - THIS LIST CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS ABOUT THE FILM.

More Gale Hawthorne

In the book, Gale Hawthorne is Katniss Everdeen's best friend in District 12, the coal mining district on the outskirts of the country. The two hunt together and divide up the game that they catch. Although there's no overt romance in the relationship, Katniss continually evaluates her feelings for him. But when she is sent to compete in the games - where she faces off against 23 intense competitors - Gale is left behind. While Katniss thinks about him during the games, the story never shows him after the games begin. In the film, however, the first-person narrative is changed to a third-person narrative so viewers will see what Gale (Liam Hemsworth) is doing as his friend competes in the games. We watch as he desperately longs for Katniss and notices that she's developing an onscreen relationship with fellow tribute, Peeta Mellark....

Deaths Happen Faster

As the story progresses, many youngsters inevitably die in the Hunger Games. In the book, some of these deaths are prolonged, showing the perseverance some of these characters have in their final moments. For instance, in an early scene, Katniss makes camp near a young woman who starts a campfire. After the young woman is discovered, she is attacked and nearly killed by some of her fellow tributes. But when they discover that she's alive after the attack, Peeta is sent to finish the job. In the conclusion of the book, Cato - facing off against a group of mutant mutts - survives for several hours before Katniss puts him out of his misery. In the movie, however, these deaths are done quickly. It's possible that the deaths are abbreviated in order for the film to earn its PG-13 rating. But regardless, the film finds the bonfire girl dying quickly after she's attacked and Cato only suffering a few moments before Katniss ends his life.

No visit from Peeta's Father

Before she is sent to the Capitol to fight in the games, Katniss is visited by several of her loved ones. Gale, her mother and her younger sister come say good-bye to her. But, surprisingly, Peeta's father comes to visit as well and offers Katniss cookies. Although the local baker doesn't know Katniss well, he has always been kind to both her and her younger sibling, and this visit helps establish the connection between Peeta's family and Katniss. Later on - in a spout of possible paranoia - Katniss throws away the cookies. The film doesn't include these scenes at all. Most readers might not care about this exclusion but it stood out to me because these short sequences show a connection between Peeta's family and Katniss. Although the two don't know each other well, Peeta's father supported both Katniss and her younger sister by buying fresh meat and food from them. Plus, Peeta's parents have spoken to Peeta about Katniss - as Peeta notes in the story - even though Peeta and Katniss were never close.

The Connection with Rue

Rue is the youngest person in the hunger games. As a tribute from District 11, she is forced to compete with older teenagers that are much stronger than her. During the training sessions,  she developes an appreciation for Katniss and the two form an unlikely alliance in the games themselves. Katniss is particularly interested in protecting Rue because the young competitor reminds her of her younger sister. When Katniss' sister Primrose was chosen to compete, Katniss stood up to take her place, but no one volunteered to take Rue's place - so Katniss feels a certain solidarity with her. In the movie, the connection between Rue and Katniss' sister is largely glossed over. The two still form an alliance, of course, but Katniss' empathy for her is never fully discussed in the film.

The End of the Game Maker

Because the book is told in first-person and the movie is a third-person narrative, readers didn't get to meet some of the characters featured more prominently in the movie. For instance, the game maker - who plays a very limited role in the book - gets a lot of screen time. Wes Bentley (American Beauty) plays Seneca Crane as an overconfident genius who takes pleasure in setting up the games themselves. His game, however, falls apart in both the book and the movie, leading to a conclusion that has two tributes emerging from the battlefield, not one. Very little is made of this in the (first) book, but in the film, the game maker faces a great punishment for his failures. It isn't until the sequel book, Catching Fire, that the fate of the game maker is revealed - but in the movie, he is left in a room with only poison berries to eat. In the same way that he set death traps for others to fall into, he himself is sent into his own trap and forced to die for his failures.

The Dog Mutants

The Hunger Games movie Mutant dogs In what was presumably an effort to keep the film within the PG-13 rating range, a lot of The Hunger Games' horror (gruesome deaths, etc) either occurs off-screen or in a whirlwind of blurry camera work. However, one of the biggest differences between film and book is the finale - which featured mutated versions of deceased tributes "reborn" as monstrous and blood-thirsty dog-like animals. In the book, Katniss recognizes that the Capitol has spliced parts of the former tributes into mutant beasts; however, in the film version, the "dogs" are presented as nothing more than over-sized (and vicious) wild beasts chosen by Seneca Crane to galvanize the remaining contestants into a final altercation. No mention is made of where the creatures come from, or what exactly they are, leaving non-fans out of the loop in regards to one of the most horrific aspects of The Hunger Games. This gene-splicing mutant makeover also becomes important in the sequel books, so it'll be interesting to see how the sequel films handle it...

More Backstage Focus

In the book, we read as Katniss fights her way through the Hunger Games. We watch as she volunteers for the games themselves and as she prepares for them, with the help of  Haymitch and her stylist Cinna (Lenny Kravitz). Once she is in the games, however, the focus is on her survival. But in the movie, many of the backstage machinations are revealed. Viewers watch as the producers of the game invent ways to keep the tributes close to each other. In this regard, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) plays a much bigger role in the film, where he appears in several scenes discussing the games with Seneca. The film shows in some detail how much work is involved backstage in getting the games to play out in an entertaining and engaging fashion.

Thresh's Death

If there is a villian in the actual games, it is Cato. The cocky muscular tribute is an unrelenting killer willing to snap the neck of an ally if a plan falls apart. Towards the end of the film, the stage is set for a showdown between him and the Katniss/Peeta alliance. As the numbers in the game narrow, a District 11 tribute named Thresh saves Katniss' life when he realizes how much she did to protect Rue throughout the games. After he saves Katniss, though, Thresh is ultimately murdered. In the book, the assumption is that Cato has killed him. But in the movie, the suggestion is that Thresh has died at the hands of a group of dogs that the game makers have called into battle to help kill some of the remaining tributes. This difference - which may seem small-- is actually quite important because Cato's murder of Thresh in the book helped set the stage for a more intense final showdown between the surviving tributes.

No Avox Girl

One of the most important differences between the book and the movie is the absence of a minor character, who has an important backstory with Katniss. My friend Kate Hicks, in discussing the film with me, actually had to point out this subtle but important difference. In the book, as Katniss is preparing for the games, she meets several individuals from the Capitol who serve her meals and drinks. One of those girls is an "Avox" (a mutilated servant) that Katniss remembers from earlier. Katniss remembers the girl as someone who was trying to escape from the Capitol, but who was subsequently captured by the government. Labeled a traitor, her tongue was eventually removed. In the book, we learn the back story of this girl and how Katniss regrets not trying to save her when she had the chance. But in the movie, this relationship is never fully realized and Katniss' connection to this girl is never revealed.

The Revolution Begins

Hands down, the biggest change between the book and the movie is the reaction to Rue's death. In the book, Katniss only know that she receives a token of District 11's appreciation for her kindness in the form of a gift dropped into the arena. In the movie, the complete reaction of District 11 is brought into greater focus. After watching their young tribute die at the hands of a vicious killer, the people of District 11 begin to revolt against the Capitol officers who watch over them. They fight against the government that has taken one of their own and sent her into a battlefield to die for their viewing pleasure. In the books (and the movies) this fight against the Capitol is explored in greater depth during the sequels, where Rue becomes something of an iconic figure.

Of course, there are many other differences between "The Hunger Games" book and the film. Although it didn't make my top 10 list, another difference between the film and the book concerns the mockingjay pin that Katniss wears throughout the games. In the book, a minor character from District 12 (the mayor's daughter) gives Katniss the pin, but in the movie, Katniss acquires it through different means. This may be significant going forward, but this minor change didn't seem important in and of itself. However as the list shows, there are some major changes between the book and the film. Many readers will likely be pleased by this adaptation because it follows the story rather closely, but others might be disappointed that the filmmakers made these and other changes to a story that they have so much affection for. Follow me on Twitter @johnhanlon.
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  1. I have to say that the Mutated Dogs change was something of a bother for me. My wife never read the book so it didn’t change anything for her, but like the article points out, I think it was an important factor that the dogs were mutations of the tributes. I liked the way the Tracker Jackers were done in the movie, and liked the way they used Ceasar as a play by play describer for the audience that hasn’t read the book and explain the parts that are done through narration in the book.

    • Although the dog thing was twisted and interesting, it likely would have really disturbed certain audiences. It is more acceptable to be completely disturbing in a book, but a PG-13 movie needs to watch what it allows onscreen.

      • Thats the problem. We live in a society where cloning, war and violence is something that is real, and science fiction splicing would disturb an audience?? Seriously, PG-13 basically means, lets make sure this film makes money. Im reading the books and I think they are seriously amazing, but the film is too much of a pat on the butt. Young Adults of this generations are too sensitive to this kind of stuff, but MTV2 and ABC Family stuff is just fine? Theres something definitely wrong with entertainment complexity.

        • perhaps they could have “compromised” such as having the numbers painted on the dogs or having them wear collars with numbers instead of having faces similar to the tributes.

    • SPOILER ALERT!

      I don’t know if you read the other books yet, but the reason why the montsers looked like the tributes is explained somewhere at the end of the second one. They’re not mutations they just looked like the tributes to scare them even more.

  2. Peeta loses his leg (amputation) in the book. It’s just a flesh wound in the movie. Also, Peeta giving Katniss bread was in the movie, but she wasn’t really shown to be starving and about to give up hope.

    • I completely forgot about Peeta’s leg.

    • I totally forgot about that as well! that is like a huge part! the wound part was so glossed over!

    • I agree. in addition, they were supposed to be much younger when the bread incident occurred. she was 11 actually because it was just a few short months after her father had died. and there was an inconsistency with the movie’s story line from this. Being, when Peeta speaks at the interview with Caesar about her not knowing he was even alive still until the reaping occurred; but they were portrayed ( by visual appearance, looking about the same age) to have experienced the bread incident not long before the reaping.

  3. Having read the first book and seeing the movie earlier today, the changes didn’t really bother me. They seemed relatively minor compared to most book to film adaptations. I suppose it was to streamline it a bit. Even with these changes it does get a little slow in the middle. However, I have not read the other books and so do not know if certain changes are of significant importance to the sequels.

    I feel they made up for any losses with the inclusion of behind the scenes at the gamemakers control centre and of the larger role of president Snow. As for the mutated gene spliced dogs and genetically engineered spy mocking jays, I don’t know. Maybe they thought the audience would find it hard to swallow.

    Oh yeah, also we never get to see the bodies being taken away by the hovercrafts. Seeing as though in the book they only do it when the tributes have moved off it would have been good to see. But I suppose they saved some money on the special effects not including it. Except the retrieval of Rue’s boy is not shown to the public at the award ceremony because Katnis covered her body with flowers. But they didn’t show the highlights film in the movie anyway. Sothere is another one. ;)

    • I was wondering about that also i would of liked to see the hover crafts.

    • The Mockingjays weren’t the genetically modified version. The genetically modified ones were Jabberjays that were released to the wild after they were no longer useful but they mated with the Mockingbirds to form a hybrid Mockingjay. As I’m only about half way through the second book, I don’t know their full importance, but I do know that’s sort of a big deal and why they become a symbol for the rebellion that I think should’ve been established a bit more but I think they can do that in the sequels as well for those who haven’t read the books.

      • Yes, you’re right. I remember now. They were the remnants of the capitols attempts at long range spying. I suppose it might have seemed a bit weird to explain all that in the film as opposed to the book that follows Katnis’ thoughts, observations and explanations.

        They managed it with the TrackerJackers, but I suppose you can’t explain everything to the audience without taking them out of the story.

    • Yay for being reasonable!

  4. troll.

    • …childish troll at that.

  5. Dont forget that she buys the mockingjay Pin and gives it to Prim like something that will protect her but in the book Madge one of her only friends from school comes to see her before she leaves for the capitol and gives it to her. WHich later you find out was Madges Aunts that was in the games years before.
    They left out that whole friendship and the Mayor and the Mayors wife.

  6. i was really disappointed in how Katniss didn’t receive the gift from the sponsors that allowed her to knock Peeta out while she snuck off to the feast….in the movie she simply snuck out while he slept, which didn’t seem to have has strong of an impact.

    • that was my favorite part! :’( it really upset me when they didn’t put that. :/

    • I was bothered by that at first too since it removed an additional gift she got, but looking back on it, it didn’t really make that much of a difference. Either way, Peeta was asleep, I think they just felt it would’ve added too much humor to the scene.

    • all I thought about during that part was ” when was she gonna drug him,” but it never happened!

    • I agree. I feel like the understanding and ability to communicate WITHOUT words between katnip and haymitch should have been more played up in the film.

    • yes,and it let Peeta seem naive
      and it didn’t show how much he loves her.

  7. perv

    • Stop it -.-

  8. The movie was worse than Twilight.

    • No it wasn’t, be quite… Please.

  9. For one, the cat is supposed to be orange! Second, Haymitch never actually seemed very drunk or “unstable”

    • Yeah, he was absent at the reaping and therefore unable to fall off the stage. :)

      • missed him falling off stage as well – but again, would probably change the mood too much, at least the portrayal of no one clapping at her volunteering was well represented

  10. Come to think of it, the most puzzling thing that was absent from the film was Katnis and Peeta eating the fabulous food from Capitol.

    I was expecting to see Katnis devour plate loads of rich food (With her fingers) until she was full to bursting as well as a little ill. I can only remember her eating a bread roll with Gale at the beginning and sharing a squirrel with Rue whilst in the arena. In the book the food and the district 12′s reaction to the abundance and exotic nature of it is very important.

    It just seems odd that it was pretty much ignored. The more I think about the film, it’s the little differences I’m noticing more and more.

  11. I remember a few differences.
    • Haymitch didn’t yell at the capital durring the reaping.
    • Haymitch didn’t use his common quote (from the book) for good advise “Stay Alive”
    • Peeta and Katniss didn’t yell at Haymitch and Peeta didn’t knock Haymitch’s drink out of his hand and Haymitch didnt punch him.
    •Peeta and Katniss didn’t stay together the whole time while training.
    • the chariots for the sponsors (people of the Capitol) to meet the Tributes
    • Katniss doesn’t run into Foxface in the book
    • when Katniss get hit with a fire ball, (gets burned really badly) she get burned right above the ankle, in the movie she got burned on the thigh.
    • when Katniss hears the Careers plan to use Peeta to find her, she jumps down from the tree and smiles so the Capitol knows that she heard.
    • when Katniss kills the boy from district 1 (the boys that kills Rue) in the book Katniss shot the arrow threw the boy’s neck. In the movie Katniss shots him in the chest.
    • Katniss didn’t have to give Peeta the sleep syrup to go to the feast.
    • The medicine for Peeta’s leg was a gel instead of a shot and Katniss got to use some.
    • they didnt have as much “heart to heart” moments in the cave.
    • didn’t kiss as much.
    • they go out to find Cato at night ( in the book they go to the lake at the Cornicopia durring the day and wait)
    • Cato doesn’t run out towards Katniss and Peeta while they are waiting for him at the lake, but it turns out he is runing away from the wolf-like-creatures.
    • Katniss doesn’t tell Peeta that the wolf like creatures had similarities to the other tributes. Like the eyes, and other features.
    • They don’t stay away from the wolf like creatures on the “crashed ship” (that thing wasn’t even in the book, idk what it even is) they go onto a tree.
    • Katniss and Peeta put the Nightlock in their mouths but quickly spit them out and rinse out their mouths. In the movie it doesn’t even touch their lips.
    • Peeta doesn’t pass out and get his leg amputated.
    • Katniss and Peeta don’t get to run into each others arms when they go on the show with Ceaser
    • ( this is what was suppose to happen in the book)When Ceaser tries to talk or ask them questions they don’t pay attention because they start kissing and ignoring him but Haymitch had to break them up and make them pay attention.
    •Katniss didn’t wear a teenager-like dress and get the snuggle with Peeta while at the last interview with Ceaser. (after they won the games)
    • I almost forgot, when district 11 got into a fight, after Rue died, that doesn’t happen in the book, what they actually do is they send her bread.
    Yep. There are a few other difference but that’s all I can remember off the top of my head.. :P but of course they don’t make movies exactly like the book usually, but the movie was AWESOME!!!

    • I really don’t find as much differences from the movie and book. I mean, SUZANNE COLLINS wrote the movie, so she can decide what goes into the movie, and what doesn’t. I mean, a good reason why the tribute/mutts weren’t in the movie (just the mutts), is probably because they probably TRIED to do it, but it probably looked cheesy.

      I didn’t like the fact that Peeta didn’t get his leg amuptated, it would have added a bit more dramatic effect. Though, when Katniss drags Peeta onto the top of the cornucopia, I almost thought that one of the mutts was going to bite/severly damage Peeta’s leg.

      But the small differences that you mentiond, such as the nightock not touching their lips, really isn’t that big of a deal. As well as Katniss killing the District 1 boy by shooting him through the neck. I thought it was just as good.

      And I liked the fact that Katniss and Foxface run (literally) into each other. It kind of shows how nervous both were, and how they didn’t want to kill each other BECAUSE they were so nervous.

      And the part where Peeta opens his eyes, and painted his face like a rock WAS AWESOME, and that is a differences. Peeta in the book, just paints himself in mud and lays down in mud.

      And I liked the change from buying the mockingjay pin, rather than recieving it as a gift. It showed that Katniss loves her sister, and would do anything for her.

      • It doesn’t matter that SUZANNE COLLINS wrote the screen play. She changed too many things from her books.

        The nightlock not touching their lips is a big deal because it shows that they were willing to kill themselves instead of play by the Capitols rules and end up with one killing the other.

        The main theme of these books are fighting oppression and rising up against a totalitarian government. The movie did not do nearly enough to explain this.

        • Sarah, they did show the riot scene at District 11 which was a symbol of fighting oppression and rising up against a totalitarian government (even though it was jumped a bit early since it was in the Catching Fire) and it was done well right after Rue’s death so that did give a nice foreshadowing. Also, there were the conversations between Snow and Crane in the garden not in the books that provided a unique view about the Hunger Games about channeling “hope” throughout Panem without putting too much hope that could start more riots if not contained. Snow and Crane were concerned about this development when they talked about the underdogs of the outer districts and their conversation noted the fact that they’ll have to keep things in check or else they can have a disaster, so that was a key development in the film that wasn’t in the first novel. personally, i did like the conversation between Haymitch and Crane that brought the idea of having 2 victors as it was never really mentioned in the book about changing to 2 victors. As for the nightlock scene with the berries not touching the lips in the movie as opposed to the book, i don’t think it’s too bad whereas it showed enough about how serious they were in taking the berries and Crane couldn’t risk “calling their bluff” with them putting it in their mouths as he was probably worried that any contact with the berries would kill both. In a way, it may seem better not to touch the lips as it could be seen visually that putting the berries in the mouth at all can kill in an instant, especially if a viewer didn’t read the book.

          As for Collins and the movie, perhaps she wanted to add and change things to the movie in order to give readers and non readers alike a new view on the story as well as condensing things for the sake of time. I do think that changes/differences between books and movies can give each their own unique perspective and sometimes better to not go solely by the book as film can add things books can’t and vice versa as each has their own limitations. My only complaint about the movie vs the book is that they could have discussed Peeta’s fight with Cato in how he got the leg wound and perhaps showing more of Peeta’s history, though they did have enough. a few more mins of a scene or so could have been added but, film only can last so long with scenes. I will agree that there could have been a hovercraft scene of Peeta being saved from dying could have been added as there was some drama made the novel suspenseful, and could have done in a PG 13 way perhaps by not showing the actual wound but by Katniss pounding on something up there.

      • “And I liked the change from buying the mockingjay pin, rather than recieving it as a gift. It showed that Katniss loves her sister, and would do anything for her.” So, volunteering to take her place and almost certain death wasn’t a big enough hint for you?

    • it was ok not awesome

    • Definitely agree with the Haymitch advice comment – really, replacing that with “make friends” disappointed me. Still having 2 1/2 hours of movie already, some things had to be condensed. I agree, I loved this film.

    • That “crashed ship” is a cornucopia made of metal which is most certainly where that final battle took place in the book, only during the daytime. Everything else looks right though…

    • That “crashed ship” was the film’s version of the cornucopia. And they don’t climb up a tree in the book to get away from the Mutts, they climb up the tail of the cornucopia. Remember the metal being hot to the touch when she was trying to climb up?

  12. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I have to say the whole Peeta’s leg thing really bugs me. I mean that’s kinda the reason they are separated in the 2nd book [He can't run fast so Katniss and Johanna go with the wire,remember? And losing the leghows how much they lose from the games] Also the fact that as far as I’ve heard Peeta is never really that close to dying[ and I was looking forward to her screaming and pounding on the glass as they operated.] And the fact that they’re is no outburst on the train home. Okay besides that I still want to see it really badly.
    GO team BUTTERCUP

  13. WHAT THE HECK IS WITH BUTTERCUP!?!?! He’s orange for one! For two he’s not that ugly. All in all there were a lot of little things that they missed/messed up. Don’t get me wrong it was still good, but it could have been better.

  14. Seriously? People are getting bent out of shape because the cat was the wrong color?

    Wow.

    Vic

    • They shoulda used Garfield. ;)

    • I heard they hired an orange cat but it kept showing up drunk so it was replaced last minute ;)…

    • That didn’t bother me one bit, and could have been something they easily cut out. But I’m glad they included it and didn’t care the color of the cat.

  15. Also, there was never anything with the Avon girl!

    • *AvoX lol not avoN
      Yeah that iritated me to

      • It is understandable that certain characters had to be sacrificed; too many subplots would overcomplicate things. They might develop them more in later movies.

    • They had Avox people serving them food in their training room floor, though they didn’t call them Avoxes or talk about them in the film. In the beginning of the movie, Katniss did speak about the Capitol’s men would be cutting off of tongues when she and Gale were talking about leaving.

      perhaps they’ll talk more about Avox’s in Catching Fire or even the Mockingjay films.

  16. Anther bug difference that will affect later movies is that Peeta does not lose his leg and get an artificial one.

    • That was the biggest difference to me because that effect ts the next Games and the War with the Capitol in mockinjay

  17. Also in the book Peetas medicine was a shot and it was a cream in the movie and she didn’t give Peeta the sleep syrup she just left while he was sleeping

  18. i’ve just watched the movie and i hated it. it missed out so much and felt so rushed. these are the bits i didnt like:
    *the cornucopia–wth! it was meant to be gold and circualar
    *peeta and katniss kissed twice…there was no chemistry between them
    *the mutts didnt have the right eyes
    *rue was such an insignificant character, there was no conection between her and katniss
    *the fire costumes were awful! and the interview dress before and after!
    i absutely love the books but the movie let me down so much, i really disliked it.

  19. TWO WORDS: “DIRECTOR’S CUT”

  20. There were points when I almost wished I hadn’t read the book (or at least not re-read it this week) as there was an element of box-ticking as you watch rather than being surprised.. but it was a beautifully done film.

    The only thing I couldn’t understand changing was Katniss not being on camera for Peeta’s initial interview – it was made such a thing of that she needed to have a natural reaction on screen to set the ‘romance’ up, which is why they didn’t tell her beforehand, surely? But I did love Haymitch getting to be a bit more pro-active onscreen with glad-handing the sponsors (and the notes with the gifts were nicely in tone to replace Katniss’s musing on what they meant).

    It felt slightly strange for the screen version to be playing down the romance angle as much as they did.. it’s such a thing in the book that she has to go along with the story to survive, and its effect on her peace of mind, but I guess those are all trade-offs for not having the first person
    narrative to qualify why she does what she does?

    I get why they expanded the District 8 response from a gift to a riot, but I actually really missed the quiet pathos of that one sad little loaf of bread being the only rebellion they could manage in 8 (and how Katniss realises they have it even worse than 12).

    All minor nitpicks though… It was fabulously done overall.

  21. Taking the human aspect of the dogs is sad. that was an extremely important aspect of the book. it made you realize how sick and twisted the capitol really is. i dont even want to see this movie now

    • I’m sorry that throwing 24 kids into an arena to have them fight to the death isn’t sick enough for you. There really wasn’t anything changed so much that it bothered me, because it was written by the author of the books, so whatever edits she wants to make to the story (ridiculously minor) it totally fine with me.

      • Nick, did you read the books? A major part of the books is how much control and power the Capitol has. The books explain this in detail and use the muttations, genetic splicing, Avoxes, whippings, etc. to explain to the reader that the Capitol uses terror to subdue and discipline the people of the districts. The movies did not even touch on that very important fact. That is what Gary is trying to say.

  22. In the book Katniss loses hearing in one of her ears and Peeta loses his leg.

    • @Bridget 4 hours ago

      In the book Katniss loses hearing in one of her ears and Peeta loses his leg.

      …War is hell.

      Get used to it because your government intends to kill all of you in a final conflict based on revelations and that book is flawed based on interpretation of ancient language, study and you’ll now what I mean.

  23. ALSO for 8 of 10 “No visit from Peeta’s Father”

    You forgot about MADGE! she visits Katniss too and gives her the Mockingjay pin!!! this is how she really got it in the book! not at the Hob (movie).

    But as a further comment on this section, i feel that Peeta’s father was even more-so important because he loved Katniss’s mother!!
    This was a big part in Peeta’s story of always loving her, remembering from the first moment he saw Katniss when his father pointed her out and talked of loving her mother who later ran away with a coal miner because ” when he sang, even the birds stopped to listen”. Then when Katniss sang Peeta knew that he would be destined to love her, as his father did her mother.

    Important stuff here!! really contributes to the depth in the book that the movie was lacking.

  24. there were quite a few changes but overall the movie flowed relitively well with the book

    some of the changes were effie trinket not having pink hair, peace keepers like pulling Katniss away at the reaping, in the book she just runs up infront of prim and says I volunteer. Other changes include the way the pin was aquired, them not going into detail about the signifigence that Peeta’s bread had on the Everdean family. Bakers father not coming in the capital building to give cookies and say he will make sure Prim eats. They also completely remove the major and madge all together, instead of him reading the history of the hunger games they watch a movie.

    Haymitch is portrayed as a together person instead of worthless drunk. For instance in the book he said if you don’t hastle me about my drinking (basically) and i’ll stay sober enough to help you.

    the mutt mutations at the end weren’t really explained as being the other tributes

    I liked the way they explained Tracker Jackers though, the announcers of the Hunger Games was like “for you folks at home who don’t know what tracker jackers are there….”

    All and all, I was acceptant of most changes there wasn’t one where I like what the hell thats not right!! I kept a open mind during the movie and I wasn’t disappointed

    9.5/10 less .5 for the shakey camra fight scenes

  25. What about the part where Peeta loose’s his leg. I strongly think that should be on the list… Just saying ;D

  26. I wish they didn’t cut out her getting the sleeping bag in her backpack. That seemed important to me, also her sunglasses that let her see in the dark. I was hoping they would do something with those to, but they were never in her backpack.

  27. This movie has to be one of the best adaptations ever. I actually enjoyed it more than the book and the changes were mostly good. I cant wait for the sequel. The only thing that bothered me was the shaky camera.

    • Ill be amazed if the sequal can explain the relationships and everything they missed that is necessary.

    • the shaky camera during some of the fight scenes could have been reduced or limited, but the shakiness worked great when Katniss was bit by the tracker jackers.

  28. Although I undestand why these SLIGHT changes may bother some people, you really have to understand that it is absolutely impossible as well as ridiculous to go EXACTLY by the book. All of these changes were made out of necessity, and some of you need to get off your high pedestals and realize that readers are not the only people who will be seeing this movie. Also, the mutant dog thing bugged me until I realized how hard that would be to bring to the big screen; it’s extremely twisted, and likely would disturb certain audiences. As a whole, it was an excellent adaption that could have been A LOT worse, so count you blessing it’s as good as it is and stop complaining.

    • Not everyone is complaining. The whole article and discussion is about the differences and changes between the book and film.

      I was quite pleased with the movie. But then I wasn’t blown away by the book either. Both were very enjoyable.

  29. here’s one thing i never got from the books and even the movie….is the whole world destroyed and there is only one country which is PANEM, or are there other hunger games going on in those countries as well….it sounds pretty far fetched that only in north america are there humans and the rest of the world is desolite!!

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