Book vs. Movie – Catching Fire

Book vs. Movie – Catching Fire

Welcome to the 75th Hunger Games!

I mean, welcome back to another Book vs. Movie Showdown! I love these posts so much. Can’t you tell? Anyway, I’m back with another one, and this time it’s a sequel. I haven’t read sequels in so long! Or actually, if you have seen my earlier postings, I usually read the first book of a series and don’t go on to the next one for many years. It’s a bad habit, but I’m slowly getting over it.

You guessed it! This showdown is all about Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games! It’s only getting better and better in my opinion, and I’m very excited to see which one wins. Are you ready? Let the games begin!

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So the first thing I have to say is: wow.

Both the book and the movie were incredible. This one is going to be a hard one for me, especially since after reading the book, I can see that the movie did a pretty good job of following the book. I love it when movies do that, don’t you?

While I was going through the book, I just kept thinking about what parts they could have added to the movie to make it even more exciting, or which parts they took out of the movie that probably would have slowed down the pace. I think it’s important when directors and producers are able to make creative decisions to make sure that the movie is a good one, even if it means that not everything is exactly like the book verbatim. Sometimes, it makes it work out better for both the source material and the movie.

There were certain scenes in the book and the movie that – while they were pretty much the same – gave me completely different feels or reactions. Cinna’s death in the book didn’t seem as final as it was for me in the movie. Katniss’s reaction to Cinna being brutally beaten by the guards made it that much worse to witness it than just hearing Katniss’s reaction to it in the book. I cried a lot more in the movie than the book. Another one was Mag’s sacrifice. In the book, Katniss sees her convulse before she is dead, but I was still way more emotional about her dying in the movie. The way she bravely walked in the mist without any hesitation, after kissing Finnick goodbye for the last time just completely broke my heart.

Some of the differences that I can recall:

  • First meeting between Katniss and Plutark (Book)
  • Katniss meeting the runaways from District 8 (Book)
  • The discovery of the facade surrounding District 13 (Book)
  • The wedding preparation (Book)
  • What happened in District 11 during Katniss and Peeta’s Victory Tour (Book)
  • The interaction between Katniss and the Victor-Tributes during training (Book)
  • The revelation of Plutark’s involvement in the games (Book)

I am so glad that I have the opportunity to read this series for the first time while doing a rewatch of the series. It definitely allows me to appreciate the movies in a new light. But, once again… there can only be one winner. Unless I should pull a Katniss and Peeta and start a rebellion? Hmm…

I definitely loved the details that the book included much more than the fact that the movie didn’t include it. I think it would have made it that much better. I definitely recommend reading this book. It was much better than the second one in my opinion.

What do you think? Do you agree, or should the movie have won? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Book vs. Movie – Ella Enchanted

Book vs. Movie – Ella Enchanted

Is it time for another Book vs. Movie Showdown already? You bet it is!

I got lucky this time around because Ella Enchanted was actually on Netflix and I haven’t watched that movie in so many years. It’s honestly one of my favorite movies, mostly because of Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy. Perfect movie boyfriend, am I right?

So as you probably guessed – because my excited personality gave it away already – this showdown will be on Ella Enchanted. If you haven’t read my review, make sure you check it out! I’d appreciate your feedback. And here we go!

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So honestly, I remember the movie a lot more than I remember the book. Maybe that’s because there seemed to be a lot more action in the movie and they aged up the characters to an age where I can relate to them better. I’m not really sure, but I know that the movie is one of my favorites while the book was less so.

Since the book was geared more towards middle school students, it made sense that Ella would be fifteen years old rather than eighteen or even nineteen like she seems to be in the movie. How would middle schoolers relate to someone that would be considered an adult to them? That’s one part of the book that I could at least understand and respect.

However, to me, the book seemed to move rather too slow for me to actually enjoy, or maybe I just wasn’t used to the pacing. I didn’t really get a sense of adventure like I did in the movie. I wanted to see Ella really fight for her freedom of the curse, and it seemed like the biggest thing she did was run away from boarding school. Yes, that is a feat in and of itself, but it just wasn’t enough for me.

I also didn’t really care for the friendship that Ella and Prince Char had when they were children. It just seemed like that was the reason why she ended up loving him, and I didn’t really see how Prince Char influenced her life or anything in the book. In the movie, Ella is the one that makes Prince Char realize that as the future ruler of Lamia and his kingdom, he has the power to make things change for the better especially in the cases that his uncle Edgar ruined during his rule.

Speaking of Uncle Edgar, where was he in the book? King Florian is still alive and well in the books, and so there’s no real reason for Prince Char to figure out how to be a better person, and how to become a better ruler in the wake of a terrible one. There’s no reason for him to grow, so why would he?

Some of the differences between the book and the movie:

  • The ages of Ella and Prince Char
  • Just how far Hattie and Olive go with abusing Ella’s curse (book)
  • King Edgar (Movie)
  • The discontent state of the Kingdom (Movie)

After all of this, I have to say the winner is…

What do you guys think? Was I too harsh? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Book vs. Movie – The Hunger Games

Book vs. Movie – The Hunger Games

Welcome, welcome, to another year at Hogwarts to another segment of Book vs. Movie!

It’s been a long time coming, right? I actually should have done one for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children but I hadn’t watched the movie in a while by the time I read the book. Who knows? Maybe I’ll do a reread and a rewatch in the near future?

So I decided to read The Hunger Games for the first time ever, after all of the movies came out and have been out for a while now. Of course, I had to rewatch The Hunger Games as well since it’s been over ten years? Maybe longer? While the book is so fresh in my head, I decided to do this segment to compare which one was better, to me.

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The main thing that I really loved about the movie more than the book was that we got to see an insight into what the game makers were doing in the background. In the book, the only thing we know is what Katniss is experiencing, since it’s told from her point of view. The book works that way though. She explains to us about the Hunger Games, what it means to put your name in the raffle more than once, what it’s like to witness her fellow Tributes be slaughtered in front of her eyes. If those aspects were told from another perspective, it wouldn’t be as convincing or as emotional as it is when Katniss tells us. So that part works. But knowing that everything that happened in the games – the fire that burned Katniss’s leg and the fireballs that were aimed directly at her, the Mutts that chased them at the finale of the games – was due to the game makers sitting at their little stations and adding it to the arena at just the right time makes the games that much more sickening. Their goal is to make the Hunger Games a form of entertainment for the public, even if it’s only the Capitol and maybe the earlier Districts that would see it as such. The rest of the Districts are forced to watch the games, forced to watch their children murdered and destroyed for the sake of fun, all because of some stupid treaty from the last rebellion.

No wonder they rebelled in the first place.

Even the little parts in the movie that Katniss can’t see because she’s in the games, like Haymitch witnessing a Capitol family in a sitting area, show a different side to Panem and the movie that you don’t get to see in the book. If you don’t remember this part, this was before Haymitch was able to secure enough sponsors to give Katniss medicine for her leg. There was a family: a mom, dad, daughter, son. The parents had given the son a toy sword as a gift, and since the families in the Capitol grow up believing that the Hunger Games are just that – an annual game for their viewing pleasure – the son chases his sister and pretends to stab her with his sword. To them it’s all just a joke, treating it as if it were the damn Superbowl and wanting to be a killer when they grow up. They either don’t understand that these kids are actually dying and are forced to kill one another or be killed instead, or they simply don’t care. You don’t get that sense in the book, at least, not as much as I would like.

There were some inconsistencies between the two, as usual:

  • District 11 sending Katniss a loaf of bread after she gives Rue a proper burial (Book)
  • The riots that happened after Rue was murdered (Movie)
  • Peeta losing his leg because of Katniss’s tourniquet (Book)
  • Katniss telling Peeta that her affection for him was only part of the game (Book)
  • The Mutts representing the fallen Tributes (Book)
But both were amazing in their own way, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to experience both. There can only be one winner, though… Oh hey, that sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

So what did you think? Which one wins in your mind? Let me know in the comments below!