Hunger Games Compare And Contrast Book And Movie Essay Samples

Apart from the differences mentioned above, there are at least two other differences that should be mentioned.  First, the book is written entirely in the first person, much of it as an interior monologue.  Katniss herself comments upon absolutely everything.  In fact, that is the only way the readers find out what is going on.  This gets really interesting when Katniss is affected severely by the tracker jacker stings.  

The world begins to bend...

Apart from the differences mentioned above, there are at least two other differences that should be mentioned.  First, the book is written entirely in the first person, much of it as an interior monologue.  Katniss herself comments upon absolutely everything.  In fact, that is the only way the readers find out what is going on.  This gets really interesting when Katniss is affected severely by the tracker jacker stings.  

The world begins to bend in alarming ways.  A butterfly balloons to the size of a house then shatters into a million stars.  Trees transform to blood and splash down over my boots.  Ants begin to crawl out of the blisters on my hands and I can't shake them free. ... I wait for death.


Specifically, the reader has to ask himself/herself what is real and what is imagined here.  Katniss doesn't even know.  How can we?  Further, how much is lost when this interior monologue is taken away!  Suddenly Katniss looks like a silent heroine!  Anyone who has read the book would NOT think of her that way!

In regards to the end of the movie vs. the end of the book, there is another big difference, this time in the amount of horror involved.  The horror factor is much higher in the book.  This is because the wolves that attack the group aren't just large wolves, they're mutations cloned from the murdered tributes!  Actually, this particular difference was the biggest disappointment apart from the loss of Katniss' interior monologue.  Katniss is a pretty tough cookie, but this disturbs her greatly:

The green eyes glowering at me are unlike any dog or wolf, any canine I've ever seen.  They are unmistakably human.  And that revelation has barely registered when I notice the collar with the number 1 inlaid with jewels and the whole horrible thing hits me.  The blonde hair, the green eyes, the number, ... it's Glimmer. ... A shriek escapes my lips and I'm having trouble holding the arrow in place.

Worst of all, the smallest mutt, with dark glossy fur, huge brown eyes and a collar that reads 11 in woven straw.  Teeth bared in hatred.  Rue.

The potential for horror at the end of this movie was very high.  Oh, I was SO disappointed.  As usual, the book beats the heck out of the movie.

I would love to introduce Guido as our youngest book reviewer on BBB. Guido is just 10 years old! His mother, an English teacher and one of my best friends from college, finally let him read The Hunger Games this summer. Of course, after reading the book he wanted to go see the movie. As a way to persuade his mom, he offered to write a compare/contrast essay for the book vs. the movie. He knew which strings to pull and it obviously worked as his mom let him watch the movie and here is his wonderful review! Way to go Guido!!

We all know that a lot of books turn into movies. Some books that get turned into movies are famous like Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Hunger Games. Books get turned into movies by how good they are. Movies usually change some parts, to give them a kick in action. A kick in action gets good reviews and more fans for the book and the movie. In the book The Hunger Games, the districts of Panem, 1 boy and 1 girl will go into an arena. For a fight to the death with 23 dead and one victor, the government forces the kids to die. The book is better but the movie is also really good.

The book has some differences from the movie. In the book Katniss Everdeen gets a mockingjay pin from a girl named Madge, the daughter of Mayor Undereese. This is very important because when Katniss goes into the hunger games her mockingjay pin becomes her symbol, the symbol of rebellion. Further, the book doesn’t show the game makers (the people who control the Hunger Games) because they didn’t need to. They didn’t need to because the book was Katniss Everdeen’s thoughts and it kept on saying what will the game makers do next. Furthermore, the book goes WAY slower than the movie so you get attached to a little 12 year old girl named Rue who is like Katniss’s little sister Prim. Rue is really important to the story because Katniss and her get bonding time and when Rue dies Katniss covers and decorates her in flowers. It adds a bond between the districts.

The movie changed some things from the book. In the movie Katniss gets her pin in a black market in her district, and gives it to her sister Prim. However in the book she gets it from a girl named Madge. In addition, they showed game makers to show that people ran the hunger games. They did this because in the movie it wasn’t Katniss’s thoughts but yet in the book it was. To show people that people run the hunger games. Further, the movie goes faster so you really don’t get as attached to anyone like Rue, so when she dies we’re not really as sad as we are in the book.

In both the book and the movie. Katniss gets a mocking jay pin. And it is really important because in later books District 13 uses it as a sign of rebellion. In addition, Katniss is called “Katniss Everdeen girl on fire”. It is very important because that’s how people notice her and pay attention so she can get sponsors and she becomes a victor. Furthermore, the Peeta, Katniss, Gale love triangle is in both. It’s important because Katniss can survive with the excuse of she loves Peeta and Gale is important in later books because he kisses her and protects her.

In conclusion, the book is better than the movie. The book has more action and adventure. The book has a better flow to the groove of the hunger games. Books are often better than the movie. It’s always better because you experience more from the book than the movie.

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What do you think? Do you agree with Guido? I sure do! 

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