Sunday, February 22, 2015

Why the First Hunger Games is the Best, In My Opinion

Out of the trilogy, the original Hunger Games appealed to me the most. The love story and inner conflict Katniss experienced in greater depth in the following two novels just wasn't for me. While they are well written and interesting, they just weren't my cup of tea. I also believed that the conclusion of the trilogy was quite predictable, aside from certain deaths and twists. In Mockingjay, I personally believe Collins tried to do too much work with not enough text. The twists became choppy and the overall flow of the book seemed disrupted. I originally fell in love with the first novel because it was so diverse. The characters were well developed and they progressed through the book. Katniss' belief in humility in a seemingly hopeless world, the dog eat dog world that was presented, and the introduction to the Game's violence was just gripping. The other two just didn't give me that same spark of excitement. I actually loved how grim and drunk Haymith was too it was entertaining and you were never entirely sure if he was going to help Katniss and Peeta or not. I even enjoyed the ecosystem in the arena; the tracker jackers were an interesting creature and the genetically engineered beasts with fallen tribute's eyes was just the touch of evil that the Games needed. Hunger Games is most prolific, and it set the trilogy aside from other novels at the time such as Divergent or The Maze Runner.  

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Blog Post Two: How does the Movie Measure Up to the Book?

Historically speaking, when a book finds its way on to the big screen there are generally a fair amount of changes. Most of the time its purely done to make the plot move along at a quicker pace so a book can be condensed down into two hours. In my opinion, The Hunger Games franchise did a good job at adapting from book to movie. Suzanne Collins wrote the screen play alongside the director which may have helped in saving the integrity of the book. 
The first, and probably most significant, change I noticed was the shifting of the point of view. The book is a first person account of the events encircling the Hunger Games as told by Katniss. The movie depicts the story in a third person point of view. This approach seems to give the story a more dramatic speculation rather than the in-depth analysis and personal account we received in the book. Instead of being able to hear Katniss' every thought, feel her agony, we are given a chance to sit back and witness it. Also, the actual Games are narrated by Caesar. The change of point of view also takes away most insight we received through Katniss. In the movie Katniss and Rue still form their alliance, but we aren't informed that Rue reminds Katniss of Prim, nor how she feels for little Rue because no one volunteered to take her place. The death of Rue, and especially District 11's reaction, is explored in much greater depth. In the book we know only that Katniss receives gifts of appreciation from the district, but in the movie we witness chaos and rebellion. The citizens of District 11 start attacking peacemakers and destroying building starting, and possibly foreshadowing, an uprising against the Capitol. These differences are made possible due to the shifting from first to third person point of view. 

Other changes don't necessarily impact the plot the same way. For example, the mutants introduced at the end of the games do not have the eyes of fallen tributes. It isn't detrimental to the plot, but it was an important detail in the book. We see more of Gale in the movie, too. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Blog Post One: Why?

Honestly, I am in the Wonderful World of the Hunger Games because it was one of the last SIS classes I was able to register for. However, while I am no connoisseur, I genuinely enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy and I believe this course has much to offer and touch upon. In this course I am most interested in looking into the Games from ethical, philosophical, and psychological perspectives. The connections between Greek Mythology and the Hunger Games actually caught my attention more than I anticipated, so I have the expectation that this course will continue to keep me engaged. 

Of the characters, I believe Katniss is my favorite. I feel like the bond she experiences with Prim and the sacrifice she is willing to make for her really shows her bravery and compassion. I like to think that, if the occasion ever rises, I would do the same for either of my younger siblings. Even though she is a strong female character, I think I can relate to her the most out of every one.