May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor
Throughout time, there have been countless movies that began as books. Authors create compelling stories; which captivate one type of audience, those who read. These books turn into best sellers, which in turn are purchased for production purposes. Once written art is turned into a movie, it can grasp the attention of an entire world instead. During the process of transforming a bestselling novel into a box office hit movie, sacrifices in the story must be made. To provide an analysis of changes made between the adaptations, I read Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins then viewed the movie by Francis Lawrence. Why do film adaptations differ from the written creations? Let us find out. In the first book, Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen’s world turns upside down when she volunteers as tribute in place of her sister for the annual Hunger Games. The following is a brief summary of Catching Fire, the second book of the trilogy: Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gales holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create. Much to their shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. (Collins, 2009) The Capitol, the official government of Panem, organizes an annual Hunger Games. One...
Cited: Collins, Suzanne, and Elizabeth B. Parisi. Catching Fire. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Print. Lawrence. F
Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Dir. Francis Lawrence. Perf. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. Lionsgate, 2013. DVD.
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