As much as I have faith in Lionsgate, Francis Lawrence, everyone involved in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, there’s one anxiety in the back of my mind. And it’s the underlying concern for most fans, the one that doesn’t get as much attention as the “Finnick/Johanna/Beetee/[insert character here] must be perfect!” shouting that goes on. And that concern is about continuity.
Think about it. When we found out that Gary Ross would not be directing the second installment in the Hunger Games franchise, we couldn’t help worrying. And while that worrying has minimized, it’s still kind of there because we have this element of the unknown mixed with the fact that we now have to worry about whether or not the second movie will feel continuous with the previous one. When The Hunger Games was being filmed, we did not have to worry about that.
Don’t get me wrong, many people are staying on. But, for example, the announcement that Trish Summerville is replacing Judianna Makovsky as costume designer. While we’re hopeful and have faith in her, we still have to worry about whether or not the look of Catching Fire will keep the continuity of the first movie. It’s just there and a legitimate concern, and we love the books so much that we can’t help it that we worry.
Continuity is a great concern. We know not everything will be the same. A new director is going to want to put their own spin to it. A new costume designer will want to put their own touches and aesthetic in the costumes. All we want is that it feels like the same story. The thing about The Hunger Games is that the books are one continuous story broken up in 3 parts (the movies will of course have 4), not 3 separate and distinct stories. How many times have we heard that people who’ve read the series consumed them all in one go, each book one right after the other? The movies after they’re all out when watched all at once, say marathon style, should feel like one story.
And now is the time to make sure that happens. The continuity in the films needs to hold up throughout the series and it starts with the transition from The Hunger Games to Catching Fire.
Lionsgate, we don’t want you to Glee it up*. We want you to succeed. And I’m sure you’re very aware of how much Hunger Games fans pay attention. We will notice if things are just too different. This franchise has so much potential to be a classic when all is said and done, and one step towards that is keeping continuity from the very beginning.
And now the Conga Line of Continuity begins
“Glee it up”: To have utter disregard for what had previously happened for no discernable reason, to throw continuity out of the proverbial window, in such a way that it significantly and negatively impacts the quality. Named for Glee’s infamous lack of continuity.
Edit: I hope everyone realizes this post is NOT about just costume continuity. Like I said, it’s an example. I’m talking about continuity in general.