Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: survival, death, murder.

Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars

Series: The Hunger Games Series


Ready for round 2 of the movie comparisons for the Hunger Games series? I hope so! Alright, here’s what I’ve noticed as differences between the second book and movie, Catching Fire.

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  • Prim doesn’t announce the visitors in the book like she does in the movies- Katniss’ mother does all the talking when President Snow is “visiting”.
  • The slip in the snow was pretty weak in the movie, in my opinion. The book makes it seem much more playful, and not so forced. Though they were both feeling awkward, they know how to act for the camera, and in the book they run up to each other and slip in the snow.
  • The head gamemaker- didn’t show his watch- important for later on.
  • In the book, Thread, the new head peacekeeper, is announced when Gale is caught bringing a turkey to sell to the old head peacekeeper, Clay. He doesn’t storm into town, like the movie makes it seem. And the reason why Gale is whipped is also changed- Gale doesn’t go after the keeper. Then in the movie, Haymitch is the one to talk Thread down to stop the lashings, without the more friendly peacekeepers. And Katniss’s hit in the face isn’t as dramatic in the movie as in the book.
  • There is no mention of feeding the refugees heading for district 13 in the movie. In the movie, you don’t get to even know 13 is still existing until the very end. In the book, the two runaways talk to Katniss about how their district was revolting against the capital, and how they were running for 13 since they noticed that the Capital was using the same footage of their justice department and that a Mockingjay could be seen in the same place every time. The significance of 13 still being alive is lost in the movie, as well as more significance to the symbol of the Mockingjay.
  • Katniss doesn’t get stuck outside the main wire of district 12 or hurt herself in the movies. In the book, the electrical fence that surrounds the district is turned back on by Thread in retaliation for taking the hit for Gale, and in the hopes of catching Katniss in a situation that could be punishable by death.
  • In the movie, there is no ‘career’ type training, or really any lead-up to the reaping. By then, the book reader knows that Snow is plotting against Katniss, and they are determined to be ready for the reaping so they may go in prepared to face the other victor tributes.
  • The movie doesn’t explain why the victors are “picking on the prude”. Katniss is kissed on the mouth by the District 11 male victor, and then in the elevator Joanna strips in front of Haymitch, Peeta, and Katniss, and Katniss is flabergasted and ends up having a fight with Peeta when the situation is discussed. In the movie, that discussion on Katniss’ perceived “prude” nature isn’t mentioned and therefore leaves the movie audience wondering what that was all about.
  • In the movie, there is a new training center and living quarters. In the book, it’s the same facility, and Peeta and Katniss dislike the familiarity of the place.
  • Peeta’s painting of Rue is clearly shown in the movie, not hidden like in the book. This may seem minor, but the books version, where the painting is hidden, shows more of the constant concealment of any sort of revolt against the Capital.
  • There is no mention of why  President Snow picked the wedding dress for the interview in the movie. It is just suggested that there was mal intent and he made her wear it, but there was no lead up to that ordeal.
  • The spiel- how it was “earned” isn’t explained in the movie nor was the confusion about what it was shown.

After that, for the most part, the book and movie correlate relatively well. I want to mention that though there were many things that didn’t in this movie and the first Hunger Games, the movies were great for being able to actually visualize some very complex and action packed scenes, where many things happen at once. So of course, I highly suggest you both read and then watch the corresponding movies, because I think in this case (and a few others as well), it really helps bring the whole dystopian world together.

What do you all think? Do you like reading the books first or watching the movies? What did you think of The Hunger Games series? (I will hopefully be finishing Mockingjay very shortly!) I’d love to hear your comments!

TL/DR: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is a young adult dystopian novel, featuring a female lead named Katniss. It’s the second book of the bestselling series, which has been made into a series of movies.

Read it? Yes! You won’t be able to put it down!

Recommend it? ABSOLUTELY. I didn’t trust the hype until I cracked the first book, and believe me, the hype is REAL.

Buy it? YES!

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