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Hunger Games: Book V.S. Movie

by Kevin Yang

The Hunger Games books are some of the most famous books and movies. As often is the case with books and movies though, there are many differences between them.

Plot: The hunger games is a novel that unfolds in Panem, an apocalyptic world. The story is centered on a 16-year-old girl, Katniss Everdeen and her struggle for survival in dystopia. Each year, as a punishment for a failed rebellion, districts are forced to pay tribute to the ruthless Capitol regime. The story begins on the day of reaping at District 12. A day that each district is required to offer two tributes, a boy and a girl aged 12 to 18 years to participate in the games.

Book Pros: In the book, readers are able to see Katniss’ internal monologue, while the film had to find another way to communicate certain plot points. In addition, in the book, there are many more subtle details that are added that give the story just a bit more interesting of a touch, such as more descriptions and explanations. Also, in the book, there are often many more ways for tension and suspension to be shown.

Book Cons: Books obviously don’t have pictures to go along with them, and with an action and fighting story like the hunger games, it is often better to include images for readers to follow along with. In addition, there is no way to tell what characters really look like and sound like without a movie giving its interpretation.

Movie Pros: Movies are what most refer to as more fun than reading and rightfully so. Movies are more interactive, so in tense moments, watchers also feel that same tension on them, giving the story another level to it. In addition, the movie also better displays the interactions between Katniss and other characters, as there are personalities and emotion etched on peoples’ faces. The movie is also better at helping watchers retain information, because they can see the scenes themselves information

Movie Cons: Movies do not contain as much information as books do , meaning that some special and discrete moments will be left out to cut down time. 

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