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Hunger Games: Book vs Movie

March 23, 2012

Hey everyone and thanks for stopping by The D-Dan Reviews. Today I’m going to be doing a very special review, and the reason is because today I’m doing the second book vs. movie review on the Hunger Games! For those of you who don’t know what The Hunger Games is, it’s about a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television. Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place when called and sets into her hardest, most dangerous hunt yet.

Amazing! That’s how it was is the book. Just flat out, knock you off your feet, amazing. The book, let me just say, created a picture in your mind so extraordinary, that no matter what you did you felt the urge to go see this movie. So after finishing the book I was definitely itching to go see this movie. So I saw the midnight showing and boy did I get the surprise of my life!

It felt so wrong. Plain and simple. The emotion, the thriller the small important things that show you who the character really is was just sucked out. Now I understand it’s a movie, so you can’t put everything in the book into the movie, but I don’t know, it just wasn’t as fun as the book. I can deal with the changes they made, the people they took out, and the feeling for me, since I read the book, that the scene’s were rushed, because I understand what they were trying to do.

To me it felt like they were trying to tell the story in a different way than the book. They were trying to tell the story from the physical side of Katniss. You felt the pain she felt, you saw the fights as she saw them, and you heard what she heard. As were in the book it was narrated by her so you felt all the emotion she felt, you could picture the detailed fight scene’s  as she saw them, and you could hear what she heard which in the arena she turned deaf in one ear but the director,decide not to do that in the movie. By doing the movie the way they did, you couldn’t feel the strong emotion Katniss and, her fake boyfriend, Peeta really had. That annoyed me. There mentor, Haymitch, told them to be crazy in love which wasn’t shown in the movie. But Katniss was definitely crazy by the end of the book.,

I did like how they had ice breakers from being inside the arena and that they showed what the other districts were doing. That was actually pretty hilarious. Also I heard that for those who didn’t read the book, the movie was awesome for them. So I guess it’s all about the story you want. The book was great and the movie was great. But for someone who hasn’t seen the movie or read the book, It’s all about the version you want to see the story in. Do you want to see all the sides of Katniss or do you want to just see her physical side. You choose. I’m sure which ever one you choose you’ll definitely find exceptional.

So, congratulations we have our winner! The Book wins! I’d rate the book a NUCLEAR and the move THE BOMB. Like I said, its what you feel for, like dinner time or for dessert.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Danger Swaine permalink
    March 23, 2012 3:12 pm


    I enjoyed this review very much its so true. They left out so much they could have put in rather than having random awkward pauses.
    And Rue’s death made me a little irritated because at first I though oh no is she really going to get away. Where as in the book Katniss sees Rue helpless and deffensless and the guy just stabs her. There is no hope of being saved.
    The Avox chick… what the heck. In the previews I could have sworn they were going to put that in there. It better show up in Mockingjay though. It may not be huge but there never really was a huge thing that made Katniss hate the capitol it was all the small things like everything they took away from her.
    I was looking forward to seeing Haymitch being seen at the Reaping but no… instead hes some random drunk guy on the train… wow.
    Another thing Katniss and Peata never ever had that day where they went on top of the building and just talked. I guess they still techincally had it and they still kept the lines which is good because its a foreshadow to the third book.
    The book is truley better than the movie. Not judt because it was first but because it showed everyone the true side of these character people could really fall in love with them.
    The cast was well picked. Everyone was perfect for the part except for Effie… but I dislike Effie so no matter who they had I would have been mad because shes annoying.
    They Never put how Gale and Katniss first met they didn’t really show anything about there firendship except for oh by the way they hunt with each other… End. Okay… thanks!
    I can honestly say I’m not a fan of Peata or Gale because for one the book series was not supposed to be stuck on the relationships. I feel as though people who didn’t read the books automatically were all OMG GALE. . . or TEAM PEATA…. So the whole plot may have been lost and the real battle is just a background story(stupid love triangles).
    Honestly a good movie and a fantastic book. They did it justice for the most part.

    • March 23, 2012 5:19 pm

      Wow I was going to say some other parts that I was annoyed about but you pretty much summed it up. Thanks so much for your comment. But seriously you were right when it came to the whole rue thing. I thought she was going to get away which would have been horrible. I would have been wondering is this the right movie. They didn’t even explain the dogs and how they were actually tributes.  I’m so glad you loved the review thanks so much. Feel free to comment any time

  2. Chelsey permalink
    March 24, 2012 1:25 pm

    You do realize a movie is an entirely different medium than a book, right? I saw this last night and absolutely loved it. Granted I haven’t read the book in a year but from what I remember it hit all the important plot points and kept the spirit and tone of the book completely. That’s really all you can ask for in an adaptation. Jennifer Lawrence was a knockout, the camera work was amazing, and the scenes they added with the gamemakers really make you think. A-

    • March 24, 2012 4:24 pm

      I understand and respect what you to say
      But you said you haven’t read this book in a year. You still read this book. I said its all about what you want to see. Matter of opinion. You say the camera work was great, I don’t think so greatly of the camera work. A bit blurry don’t you think. I agree Jennifer was a knock out, she was great. And yes I do realize a book is different medium than a movie :). I even agreed in my review with you about that. I’m glad you read my review. Thanks for the comment

  3. Mystery Guy permalink
    May 11, 2012 9:26 pm


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