How Two Hunger Games Differ

Comparison Between the Movie and Book

Danny Park

Mrs. Neal

AP English, per. 6th

28 May, 2013

The hunger games- Peeta announces his love for Katniss

Peeta Announces His Love for Katniss

The movie's great focus on the romance between Peeta and Katniss is purposefully achieved so that the viewers will be kept on the edge of their seats. In the book, however, the subject of the "forbidden love" between the two main characters is clouded among many other thematic elements explored, such as past memories affect on the future, familial ties, and sacrifice for a greater good. The movie's stronger emphasis on romance than the book is one of many differences found between the two mediums.


Gale Hawthorne

Despite of an active role in the book, Gale Hawthorne plays a minimal role in the movie. As a male character who Katniss was closest to before the start of the Hunger Games, Gale Hawthorne is not only her friend but also potentially her love. Throughout numerous nights spent in the arena, Katniss (in the book) thinks of Gale. In the movie, Katniss is seen doing nothing but viciously trying to win without any flashbacks or reflecting upon the past days. Collins made Katniss a mutli-dimensional character showing both competitive and soft side but the film's depiction is straightforward in order to solidify Katniss's character as simple yet distinctive. Omission of Gale in the film serves to simplify and at the same time emphasize Katniss' unique characteristics.

Avox Girl

Omission of the details regarding both Gale and the "Avox" girl separates District 12 Katniss from the vicious fighter/tribute Katniss. In the book, Avox girl is the medium through which Katniss' past is connected with the present and subsequently the future: by reminding Katniss of her past connection with the girl, she is brought back to her old self away from all the ridiculously decorative and disgusting Capitol people. This detail is taken away from the movie mostly due to the lack of available time but possibly also due to the film director's desire to characterize Katniss as a character who focuses on winning with any means necessary.

Madge Undersee

Although categorized as a minor character in the book, Madge Undersee plays an important role in connecting Katniss to District 12. As the daughter of the District 12 mayor and Katniss' best friend who hands Katniss the iconic mocking jay pin, Madge is Katniss' parallel character, having both similar and opposite characteristics such as their dislike in girly style and her family fortune contrasted to Katniss starving family. With such characteristics, Madge hinders with the only-damsel-in-distress image that the film director tries to achieve. Excluding Madge from the film allows Katniss to stand out and play her star-of-the-night role befitting any romantically charged hollywood movie.


Overall View

The book explores many thematic concepts that revolve around the central plot ( Katniss participating in the Hunger Games) such as how power plays a role in government, resilience of love in hostile situation, and individual's responsibility toward family members. While the movie has taken out numerous details that explore these concepts, the film sentimentally appeals to the audience by highlighting the forbidden love between Katniss and Peeta.

Bright and bubbly as ever, Effie Trinket trots to the podium and givers her signature, "Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!" (Collins, 19)

Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor