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Hunger Games

Autor:  Greek  01 July 2012
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There is a long process from the time a book is published to when it hits the screen. Movie studios buy the options to books, and a script is then drafted. Usually, the author does not have a say in the matter. In any case, the transition from page to the silver screen can leave behind the story as we know it. The first book of The Hunger Games trilogy was recently released as a film. The best seller by Suzanne Collins went through a lot of changes in the movie version.

The Hunger Games book is about a future dystopian society in the county of Panem. The county is divided into 12 districts plus the capital. In order to remind the population of the foolishness of a failed uprising, every year each district has to send two teenagers to fight in a televised death match called The Hunger Games. The heroine, Katniss Everdeen, fights to survive while also helping Peeta, who is also from District 12, and has declared his love for her. The cover of The Hunger Games is black, featuring a gold mockingjay —a crossbreed born from genetically engineered male jabberjays, and female mockingbirds— with an arrow inscribed in a circle. This is an image of the pin given to Katniss by the District 12 mayor's daughter, Madge Undersee, which Katniss wears in the arena. The image matches the description of the pin that is given in the book, except for the arrow: "It's as if someone fashioned a small golden bird and then attached a ring around it. The bird is connected to the ring only by its wing tips” (Collins, 42).

The Hunger Games books were published by Scholastic, and the movies are being distributed by Lionsgate. Producer Nia Jacobson has said, "The suspense of 'The Hunger Games' is heightened by its spirit of moral inquiry, and Suzanne has entrusted Lionsgate and me to bring that moral perspective to the adaptation -- a charge we fully intend to honor." However, the Hunger Games book and movie had their differences.

In The Hunger Games movie, there is a competition to the death (designed as a punishment for rebellion) among children (chosen at random) in different regions. Katniss’s sister is chosen to compete, so Katniss volunteers instead. She takes part in the completion against other children, including a potential love interest.

Katniss has to win The Hunger Games so she can help her starving family. In the movie, she is more motivated to avenge the death Rue, a young black girl killed during the competition. Suzanne Collins portrays Katniss’s fel ...