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From Book To Movie – Catching Fire

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Title: Catching Fire

Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction

Rating: 3.5 Star (Rounded up to 4)

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Book Series Reviews: 123

Description/Synopsis:

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Well well well! The other night I finally got to go out and see Catching Fire at the movies, and though I got in free I think I would have spent the money on it. I don’t think I’ll see it in cinemas again though.

The movie is pretty much just a summary of what happens in the book. This is why I gave it such a kinda low rating, its not that it was all that bad, its just that there was a lot missing. They just focus on the major things that happen throughout the book, and in the movie directors defence, SO much happened in the book I knew there were going to have issues with the movie. I have series doubt of them being able to pull off the third book. But now I’m getting a head of myself.

So the movie starts and bam we are on the train getting ready to do the victor tour. Ok it wasn’t quite that fast, you get a minute or two of everyone talking about leaving but it did happen super quick. I found this a little disorientating, there wasn’t any easing into the storyline because of the quick start and you never get a breather from then on.

The tour happened pretty much how I thought it would, Katniss was pretty blank face the entire time and If I was Snow or anyone else I wouldn’t have believed she was in love with Peeta either. In the book I got the feeling she tried just a bit harder than that but I’ll take what I was given I suppose. They did alter one bit at the end of the tour though. They introduce Plutarch to Katniss but they left out the bit where he shows her his watch which caused her much thought and confusion throughout the book and helped her work out the trick behind the arena. I get why it was removed, but they could have left it in and everything would have been fine.

They also gloss over how the smell of roses and bloody on Snow is sickening to Katniss and why he smells that why. They hint at it at one point but that’s it. They also leave out most of all the wedding stuff which I didn’t really mind all that much.

Then we move onto how the remove everything surrounding surrounding the lake. The people Katniss tries and fails to help, how her dad taught her to swim there, all the talk about District 13 possibly still functioning. This results in everyone at the end just declaring they are going to 13, and the fact that Katniss can swim when she gets to the arena. In the book it was made of point of that not everyone from every district can swim because there isn’t really great big bodies of water for the to do it in. In the movie they just know how to swim. Both annoying but also understandable I guess. They should have put the bits about 13 in there though, because Katniss just accepts that district 13 in functioning just too easily for my liking.

The next big things that happen before they enter the arena that annoys me are the fact that they don’t go into why everyone is kissing and stripping in front of Katniss, its just random in the movie Peeta never explains it to her, and the fact that we don’t get to see them watching old games and studying their opponents. I was soo looking forward to that. They barely touch on how people won their games. They also skip over how Finnick  won the last quarter quell. Just wasn’t acceptable. They also kind of gloss over how everyone of them are Haymitch’s friends.

Now we enter the arena. Most of what happened here I thought was pretty satisfactory because its the bit with the most action so of course they left everything in. One thing that really did annoyed me that they left out was the section where Peeta slams into the forcefield. It still happens, but no one questions why or how Katniss was able to scream a warning right before it happened. They completely gloss over this part and its all because of the poor planning on the first movie. They left out the fact that Katniss is pretty much deaf for half of that book/movie and thusly it seeped into this book. The reason she gives as to how the hell she knew that forcefield (because she doesn’t trust everyone she is with) is that when the Capital fixed her ears they did something that let her ear it, but nope. Its just glossed over. No questions of how she can magically tell were the pretty much invisible forcefield was.

The only other thing that I didn’t like was how it ended on Katniss’ eyes, that screen shot has been done a little too much for my liking.

They did do some things well. I loved the bit were Katniss breaks down when they announce that she will be going back in. They down play it a bit, but at least they put it in there. They also up played that she doesn’t get to say goodbye to her family which was downplayed in the books. Well done movie. Peeta is alot stronger in spirit in this one I think. He was soo angery at Katniss, I’m glad they didn’t downplay that. They also showed how much Prim had grown up very well,and how much Katniss wanted to kill Haymitch by the end of the book despite the fact they left out sections. All of the other characters were done very very well I think, Mags was awesome and I was so sad when she died. The rage they showed each of the victors felt about having to do the games again was also very well portrayed. The Monkeys were completely horrifying as was the fog section. The section with the birds was also done well, I believed how much that mind fucked Katniss.

So in conclusion it was ok, a total summary but ok. I don’t have high hopes for the third.

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Book Review – Catching Fire

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Title: Catching Fire [The Hunger Games 2]

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction

Length: 472

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

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. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her 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.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Loved loved loved this book far more than the first one.

Lets talk about the characters first. I feel that Katniss had lots of development compared to the first one. She isn’t as much as an ice queen in this book as she was in the first. She tends to act how you would expect a teenager who has been through many awful things would act. She actually cries, which for a good part I was like why haven’t you cried yet? so I was glad that actually happened. You get to also to know about her feelings about the whole Gale and Peeta situation, which had me feeling heart broken at times. I Personally feel she should end up with Gale, its just meant to be, but she will always have a really deep connection to Peeta. I like her better as a strong girl who can kick arse but doesn’t always have her act together. Its more believable.

In this book you also get to see perspective from the Capital people, which in the first book we didn’t get to see and that annoyed me. You get to know how everyone from just the simple people of the Capital to the officials feel about Katniss and all the things that revolve around her. I liked the perspective. I didn’t like how in the first one they were just these people you get no idea of, just know they are there somewhere doing stuff.

You also get to meet more than just the Gale, Katniss, Peeta, and the people who dress them at the capital. You also meet random people, and those who are going to be in the arena. This made it more sad because people you like die.

In terms of plot of theme or storyline or whatever you want to call it alot more happens there as well. In the first book you just see Katniss and Peeta fighting in the games and a few chapters of them at home before they get sent off. This time around we get their time at home, their tour around the districts, what happens AFTER the tour, and another round of games. Though alot more stuff happens in the same nearly the same amount of pages as the last book, some things that happen get skipped over because of the pure amount of stuff that happens. Like when Katniss finds out she can’t say goodbye her family before she goes off to the capital, I feel she would have had more of reaction at the time. She does react later, but at the that it happens is just kind of gets skipped over at the time it actually happens. Some other things probably could have been dropped or shortened, not all sections were thought out all that well.

But from start to finish I was hooked and I stayed up all night to read it and then I straight away read at least a couple of chapters of the third book because I was so wrapped up in it. It did things like make me totally despise Haymitch, which I didn’t think could happen, because he held a spot in my heart from the first book. It also ends of a totally devastating, though great, cliff hanger. I advise those who are reading the second book have the third one handy. If you get into it like me, having to wait to get the last book is going to be painful.

On kinda side note, I can’t wait until the movie comes out. They did a pretty good job on the last one and I’m desperate to see what they do with this one.