WARNING: Spoilers this way! Tread cautiously.
The Hunger Games movie was Fuh. Nom. Eh. Nuhl. Fuhnomehnuhl. Interested in seeing what changed from page to screen? Keep reading!
In The Hunger Games book, the muttations (giant, beastly dogs) were each created out of a fallen tribute. They wore the names of their tributes on collars around their necks, and they had the same eyes as their humans. They also had some physical resemblances to the tributes they represented: for example, Thresh was described as very large and strong, and his mutt was the largest. In the movie, they’re not linked to specific tributes. They’re ordinary, albeit MASSIVE, dogs.
In the book, Katniss returns from exploding the Careers’ supplies to find Marvel standing over Rue’s dying body. In the movie, Katniss returns in time to free Rue from the net she’s caught in–only to turn and see Marvel just before he throws the fatal spear at Rue.
The Mockingjay Pin
In the movie, Katniss gets her pin from Greasy Sae and gives it to Prim for luck during the reaping. After Katniss volunteers, Prim returns it, hoping that it will protect Katniss in the games. In the book, Katniss get the pin from Madge, the mayor’s daughter.
The Sponsor Gifts
In the book, Haymitch would send Katniss gifts during the games to subtly lead her toward specific actions. In the movie, the one-way communication is a lot easier: he’s allowed to send her notes. Also, Rue’s district doesn’t send Katniss bread after she sings Rue a lullaby–instead, we’re treated to a scene of rioting back home.
The books are narrated by Katniss herself, which limited what readers were able to witness for themselves. But because movie viewers aren’t stuck in Katniss’s head, we get to see behind the scenes of the game: Seneca Crane as he manipulates the playing field, Haymitch as he fights for sponsors, and even President Snow and his growing . . . displeasure with the turn the 74th Hunger Games have taken.
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