Get ready, because it’s time for another brilliant guest post!
Today we’re hearing from Rachel. She knows that The Hunger Games movie can’t be a perfect representation of the books, but she thinks filmmakers really missed the target when deciding to cut out particular elements of the story. Check it out!
I love the Hunger Games (well…..obviously since I’m here. Duh), both the book and the movie. And they are both absolutely………just A-MA-ZING so much that my friends are now totally obsessed and have been subtly shoved into the Hunger Games fandom. So it really does kind of hurt to admit that, as beautifully done as the film was, there is a teensy tiny thing that I really MUST ask all of you guys about.
Book Peeta. Movie Peeta. Did you notice a difference? Did you think the character was slightly……tweaked? When I was watching The Hunger Games (in the cinema trying to ignore the excited squeaking of my best friend), I couldn’t help but to see the differences between the two.
Look, I know all the characters were hardly going to have the same depth in the film as they did in the book. Although I would be happy to sit through 3 or 4 hours of Hunger Games fun, I’m not sure some unsuspecting people may have been quite so overjoyed at waiting so long for the bathroom. But I really hoped most of the lines which gave the characters such depth would be included. Lines like “Come to finish me off, sweetheart?” and “Besides, I like watching you sleep. You don’t scowl. It improves your looks a lot” deserve a million gold stars, never mind to be spoken in the film. These lines need to be in there to show that while Peeta loves Katniss, he is not a complete pushover who Katniss has manipulated. And although Katniss manipulated the audience into believing her love for Peeta, she never manipulated Peeta into loving her.
Peeta has an emotional backbone and I think everyone sees this better in the books. But we see how Peeta is physically strong in the movie. I don’t know about you guys but I didn’t picture Peeta as physically strong, but I’m glad Josh Hutcherson portrayed him as a little bit stronger than I previously thought he was. In the books, Peeta is a complex emotional character; I liked that the movie added another dimension to the character and I think the character becomes complete when you combine the two different sides of Peeta.
In Catching Fire, I really hope they include all the lines that make the characters relatable and make them seem…..well, real.
I mean, who would want to miss quotes like this in future Hunger Games films: “Why? Do you find this…distracting?”– Finnick Odair