"The Hunger Games": Book vs. Movie Admission Essay

"The Hunger Games": Book vs. Movie
A comparison and contrast of the book "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins with the movie by the same name directed by Gary Ross.
# 154127 | 2,012 words | 6 sources | 2015 | US
Published on Feb 09, 2015 in English (Comparison)

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How does The Hunger Games film stack up against Suzanne Collins' New York Times Best Selling novel? I personally love a great adaptation, but I also believe that getting the best movie from a good book rarely means sticking strictly to the source material. They're different mediums and thus they demand to be looked at and interpreted as best fits their strengths and limitations... hence the word adaptation. Most of the best film adaptations I've seen maintain the spirit, tone, and heart of the original novel or source material and respect it greatly, but are not afraid to strike out on their own where necessary. I will now endeavor to compare and contrast the first book in the trilogy by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games and the very popular movie by the same name directed by Gary Ross, fortunately Collins did collaborate on the screenplay with Ross and writer Billy Ray.

From the Paper:

"The film does a great job of quickly and clearly setting up a complicated world and concept, that 12 districts were once at war with the capitol city of Panem, and after losing, were forced into submission. As a reminder of the war and what they have all overcome "together," the districts are forced to participate in a yearly lottery (called a Reaping) which selects a young boy and girl to participate in the Hunger Games, a battle of survival and strength in which only one of the 24 participants will emerge alive. (www.rogerebert.com)
"The film achieves this through several smart decisions, including some simple text at the opening, a created "film" about the history of Panem and the 13 districts (now 12) that is shown at The Reaping, some dialogue between characters, and newly created scenes within Panem, such as two characters narrating the games like sportscasters. It's very well handled and easy to follow. The book is written in the first-person perspective. On screen however, several changes were made to how the story is revealed, rather than using voice-overs or other first-person conventions. Thus we see scenes showing things motivating the action that Katniss would have had no other way of knowing.
"The film did an excellent job of cutting and combining characters and streamlining that part of the narrative - Madge, The Mayor, Pieta's father, and a handful of other small parts are missing entirely, but it's almost unnoticeable. Even with the combining and cutting that was done, the supporting cast is quite superb, especially considering how little screen time most of these heavy hitters actually get. (Dargis, Manohla.)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/nov/22/review-the-hunger-game
  • suzanne-collins." N.p., n.d. Web. <http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theguardian.com%2Fbooks%2F2013%2Fnov%2F22%2Freview-the-hunger-games-suzanne-collins>. Web. 12 Dec. 2014.
  • "The Hunger Games Movie Review (2012) | Roger Ebert." Roger Ebert.com.
  • N.p., 20 Mar. 2012. Web. 22 Dec. 2014.
  • <http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-hunger-games-2012>.

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