books in cinema
hunger games & catching fire
page to screen discussion
Sree, Jay and Vin talk loves and more loves for the big screen versions so far
(btw...we have to talk in spoilers, so do not read if you don't already know what happens!)
everyone loves the multiple POVs that give the movies a broader scope
Sree: I love the shift from the book to the movies to include multiple points of view. In the books everything was limited to Katniss’ knowledge and interactions. I loved seeing things from the point of view of President Snow and the gamemakers—it gives everything a bigger feel, the politics, the revolution, all of it.
Jay: Yeah, I thought it kind of limited the book to Katniss’ story; the books were more of her psychological journey. So I like the bigger world being more of the main story.
Vin: I actually felt like all the characters had more depth this way. We get more hints at their backgrounds. Take Finnick in the second movie—we got to see more of what we didn’t really see until the third book, more of his feelings of loss. I felt like we really saw how bad all the victors’ lives were, despite the promise of better things post hunger game.
Sree: Overall there’s more foreshadowing in the movies, probably because of these multiple POVs. That gives the movies more space to allude to things Katniss will later figure out.
translations from book to movie
Sree: I didn’t like some of the game translations. In the first movie, they didn’t really capture the psychological effects of the Tracker Jackers. In that scene, I would have liked to see more from Katniss’ point of view—that might have helped get in her head and really see how they were messing with her.
Vin: I liked how they shifted away from a lot of the psychological story during the train sequence in the books. These scenes were a much shorter part of the movie, which I think was a good idea since it would have been pretty hard to capture the emotions that were explored in the books.
Jay: I liked that romance scenes were shorter in the movies—there was too much focus on that in the books. The shorter scenes actually made them feel more real.
Sree: What? There was barely any romance in the books!
Vin: Are you just being a boy, Jay?
Sree: I just loved the costumes--they were so fantastical and elegant!
Vin: Yeah, the wedding dress in Catching Fire! Those were some cool effects!
Jay: I liked the contrast between the long train ride in the first movie, when the Capitol felt so removed from the districts, and the shorter feel of the second movie’s train ride, when the Capitol felt more within Katniss’ reach.
Sree: Also, the contrasting colors were interesting-so vibrant at the Capitol and so grey in the districts.
Vin: The train ride really gave you the opportunity to see the world as they are passing through all the districts. They did a good job showing how different these places are, using both sounds and visuals.
Jay: I also liked how the Victor’s Village didn’t look much nicer than a middle class house. In the books I thought they were described as pretty opulent, but I liked how normal they were in the movies—it really cements how little you get for winning the games.
Vin: I loved Lenny Kravitz-with all the people in the Capitol dressed in crazy colors and over-the-top makeup, he was just dressed as himself and it totally worked.
Sree: I was actually picturing someone more like Stanley Tucci for that part, but Lenny Kravitz was really good.
Sree: My favorites: Woody Harrelson as Haymitch was awesome, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman was also really good, and surprisingly Elizabeth Banks as Effie. I didn’t picture her in this role, but she totally pulled it off.
Vin: I really liked Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). When I was reading the books, I was totally team Gale but Hutcherson really made me like Peeta—he showed an innocence that was so endearing while also showing so much savvy in navigating the games.
Jay: I didn't like Liam Helmsworth as Gale. He didn’t really carry the role or feel emotionally connected to the story at all.
Vin: I don’t know, I liked that kiss in Catching Fire! Plus his role is going to get a lot bigger in the third movie, so I’ll wait and see what happens.
All: Obviously, we love Jennifer Lawrence.
Vin: She adds vulnerability to the role.
Sree: Yeah, Katniss was a bit of a robot in the book. She’s less mercenary in the movies.
Vin: And less kiddish.
Vin: I really liked how Katniss looked so angry at the end of the Catching Fire movie! Not mopey like in book three.
Sree: As it should be.
in the mean time,
we're also waiting for divergent!
young adultica contributors will definitely be at the theaters on march 21 to see how a dystopian chicago pans out on film. stay tuned!