I found this great article on E News website that discusses the specific differences between the Hunger Games movie and the book and tries to help us understand the reasoning behind those changes. The author of the article, Leslie Gornstein, points out five apparent changes. First being that the story about the Avox girl that waits on Katniss while in training for the games is completely left out. Katniss is cast as Jenifer Lawrence who has fair skin and light hair when in the book she is characterized as having olive skin and dark hair. In the film, there are scenes added about the dictator of the capital and the creator of the games. There is a lack of violence in the film compared to the fighting described in the novel. The fifth change that Gornstein points out is that a riot scene in District Eleven that was not in the book was added to the plot in the film. In my opinion, the book was a great read so I was very curious to learn why these changes were made in creating the movie and I bet you are curious as well.
Gornstein discovered the answers to our questions regarding these differences from the Hunger Games team that consists of director Gary Ross, scriptwriter Billy Ray and the novel’s author Susanne Collins. In regards to deleting the Avox subplot, the team felt that there just was not enough time allotted to the film in order to fit in the story about the Avox girl. It would have taken too much time to stray from Katniss’s narrative to portray what happened in the woods that day. Do you think that the film should have been extended far longer to include the interaction between Avox girl and Katniss?
As we discussed in class, there has been much controversy about the casting of Katniss as a fair skinned blonde. The team says the answer is simple really, they just could not imagine a better fit for the character than Jenifer Lawrence. Is there another Hollywood star that you believe would have made an amazing Katniss?
In the film, the team created scenes with the dictator and game-maker in order to provide more clarification about the thinking behind creation of the games and the hierarchy of their society. Do you think that this is a necessary add in?
The lack of blood and guts in the film is due to the fact that the makers of the movie wanted it to be PG-13. They wanted to target a similar audience as the novel that being young viewers.
In the film, they added a riot scene that takes place in District Eleven. The team created this addition as a precursor to the second novel Catching Fire and to demonstrate the effect that Katniss and Peeta’s victory has had on the districts. I agree that this change was necessary because I felt that the ending of the novel wasn’t completely satisfying in that it didn’t insinuate what could be coming up in the next novel.
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