The Book vs the Movie: Catching Fire


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Book written by Suzanne Collins, 2009
Movie directed by Francis Lawrence, 2013

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Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The movie.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 4.5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: More details concerning plot, had scenes that helped better understand District 13 and the relationship between Katniss and Peeta. Also made me feel more deeply for character’s deaths.

Things the Movie Did Better: Story overall flowed better, not being from Katniss’ POV allowed more of a view of what was going on elsewhere. Additional scenes helped add to the story, like the scene with President Snow’s granddaughter. Some of the action scenes were also easier to understand by watching (and harder to picture in the book).

Verdict?: The movie.

Why?: I loved the book, but I loved the movie just a little more because of how well it all flowed. When the credits rolled, I was absolutely ecstatic over what I’d just watched.I’d felt a similar excitement over reading the book, but even more after the movie. Especially with Coldplay’s song that plays right after the final scene. I did feel more deeply for the characters in the book, though.

Should the movie be re-made?: No way!

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!





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