“The Hunger Games”: Better as a Novel or as a Movie?

Many feel that the movie condenses too much of the novel's plot.

The cover of the first book.

The cover of the first book.

Jacquelyn Northcutt, Writer

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Since the beginning of time, there has been one question that has created argument after argument. Today, I’m going to give you the facts that you need to end this debate. Which is better: book or movie?

In 2008, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games jumped to the top of The New York Times’ Bestseller List. The Hunger Games features Katniss Everdeen (played in the movie by Jennifer Lawrence), a sixteen-year-old girl who is forced to fight to the death against 23 other kids, ranging in age from 12 to 18 years. The Capitol’s tyranny over the 12 districts is stronger than ever, and hope seems to be lost. However, Katniss’s rebellious nature and will to survive begins to make her a threat to The Capitol’s power.

The majority of people would say that the book is almost always far superior to the movie. In the book of The Hunger Games, there are a lot of things that happen that are left out in the movie. For example, Katniss’ only friend besides Gale is the mayor’s daughter Madge. Madge is the one who gives Katniss the mockingjay pin. This is a big deal because it shows that the mayor is supporting Katniss. Also, the Cornucopia is described as a literal cornucopia that was painted gold. However, the movie showed the “Cornucopia” as just a pile of stuff. This is an issue for me because Katniss, Peeta, and Cato run on top of the Cornucopia to get away from the mutts. Another issue for me was the bread that District 11 sent after Rue died. This showed that the district supported Katniss, yet the movie neglected to show it. The last major difference was the notes on the sponsorships. In the book, there are no notes, so Katniss needs to assume what Haymitch is trying to tell her. In the movie, however, Haymitch just tells her through the notes.

Although the books are extremely popular, but the movie definitely has some stuff that pulls it over the book. For example we see a lot more of President Snow. Personally, I like seeing more of Snow. It’s easier to grasp how bad of a person he is in the movie. Also, we get a look at the control room of The Hunger Games. I love being able to see the control room because it really helps the viewer get into the movie by offering visuals that aren’t described in the book. My favorite thing about the movie is the revolt in District 11. This wasn’t in the book, but the writers were brilliant to add this. It shows that the districts are done with the Capitol’s tyranny, and it beautifully sets up the plot for the next movies.

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