Sunday, February 9, 2014

Post 3: Movie vs. Film

The Hunger Games movie was, in many ways, a very accurate portrayal of the book. However, there were certain key plot points left out, which I will be enumerating in this post. I am the first to admit that I can be a nit-picker when it comes to movies about my favorite books, but this is only because I believe that the small details of books often carry the most meaningful messages. One of the most important differences, in my opinion, is the state of Peeta at the end of the book. In the film, Peeta is completely uninjured when the game makers rescind the rule allowing two tributes to win. Both he, and Katniss, are in perfect health, and therefore it would take deliberate action on the part of one of them to end the others life and win the game. This is not, however, how Suzanne Collins wrote this scene. In the book, Peeta has been badly cut on the leg by one of the mutts, to the point where Katniss has had to apply a tourniquet. When the rule change is declared, Peeta rips of his bandages and begins to bleed to death. Although this may seem like a small difference, it means so much, because it means all Katniss would have had to do was wait passively for a few moments to be declared victor. This passive action would have been so much easier to do than actually fighting and killing Peeta, making her choice to pull the berries out significantly more striking in the books. Katniss essentially said, in the books, that she would rather risk dying than allow Peeta to die alone, even if all she had to do was sit and wait. Another difference that stuck out to me in the movie, was the fact that Katniss did not have to knock Peeta out with sleeping serum to go to the feast and retrieve his medicine. In the books, it is clear that Peeta will do literally anything to stop Katniss from leaving their safe little bubble, even if this means completely sacrificing himself. The only possible way that Katniss can leave with out being followed is to use the sleeping serum Haymitch sends to knock Peeta unconscious. By omitting this part in the movie, the depth of Peeta's love and sacrifice is underplayed. By choosing not to put an emphasis on his willingness to die, the producers take away from the purity of Peeta's love for Katniss. Although these differenes may seem small to some, to me they make a world of difference. Only by really paying attention to the smallest details in books can the reader get the full depth of the characters feelings.

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