Professor Sheree Greer
18 November 2012
The Hunger Games Compare and Contrast
The Hunger Games was published in 2008 and this year the release of the movie brought the book to life. Both the book and the movie are about a place called Panem where the Hunger Games take place yearly. During the games, two children from each district are selected to be placed in an area created by the Capitol. In the beginning the children, known as tributes, fight for resources, weapons, and food to fight and survive. The tributes fight till the death until one person is left and crowned the winner. The movie brings the story to life by providing the visual of what the reader is lacking. The book is better than the movie because it gives more background to the story line, more details about certain characters, and it is written in first person, which tells readers how the main character feels. Katniss is the main character who narrates the book.
Suzanne Collins, the author of the book, does a great job telling the history of how the thirteen districts of Panem were formed. Also, the book gives excellent background of the story line regarding the Capitol controlling the districts. After the districts were formed, there were rebellions against the Capitol and many lives were lost. As a result, the Capitol created The Hunger Games to show their power and control over the people. The Capitol destroyed district thirteen to set an example and prevent future rebellions. In contrast, the movie showed a short video during the reaping ceremony. The video did not give as much detail as the book. Another important part of the story line, is how the children’s names are put in to the drawing for the reaping. The Capitol rations food to make the people dependent on them. If a child takes extra food, their name is put in for the reaping drawing another time. This is much better explained and detailed in the book compared to the movie. While the Everdeen family...