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Initial post: Apr 2, 2012 4:30:44 PM PDT
Julia Adams says:
which is better the first hunger games book or the movie? are they equal or is one better that the other? Pick on a scale of one throurgh twelve.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 10:05:30 PM PDT
K27 says:
the book is definately better, they missed so much in the movie, i give the book a 12, and the movie an 8.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 10:00:04 AM PDT
To be honest, I didn't like the book at all but I'm excited to see the movie. The book just wasn't very well written, in my opinion.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 10:10:43 AM PDT
K27 says:
huh, really? i really loved the book and was very excited to see the movie, but was verry disappointed with it. i mean i love the movie i just thought the book was better

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 6:26:14 PM PDT
M_Fox says:
I would say that if you really enjoyed the book, then you should go see the movie. Mainly because the movie gives such a strong visual aspect that can't be put into words alone. I'm in the middle of the second book and having seen the movie, I'm better able to picture events in my head.
Of course they had to drop some items from the book when they made the movie - although I think die-hard fans wouldn't have minded sitting through a 6 hour movie :) - a few things bothered me.
- Couldn't they have found a yellow cat to play Buttercup?
- Why did they leave out the conversation when Katniss was up the tree and the Careers were chasing her after the fire? Paraphrasing - Katniss: How you all doing today? Careers: Doing fine, and yourself? Katniss: It's a bit too warm for my taste.
- When Katniss first comes across Peeta - in the book he says, "Well, don't step on me." It wasn't in the movie.
I just feel that those little bits of humour should have been left in.
- I know they couldn't put everything in the movie, but I don't like the change in how Katniss gets the mockingjay pin, now that I'm in the second book and know some more of its history.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 5:53:28 PM PDT
To you read through the 2nd and 3rd books, you will become more disenchanted with the movie. Keep reading, there is so much more substance; humor, love, strategy and intrigue. They just couldn't cram all three books into one (approx) 2 hour movie.
Would have made a great 1-season mini-series.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 11:51:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2012 11:53:35 AM PDT
Well, to be fair, they DIDN'T cram three books into one approx. two hour movie. This was the first of three movies, though it did include a bit of book two in it. The second movie is slated to be released at the end of 2013.

I really liked the movie, and yes I have read the whole trilogy. But then, I recognize that movies and books are two very different mediums, and so can't really be compared. I don't even try, since it isn't fair to either format to do so. A lot of the content in the books is internal monologue type stuff, which other than through voice-overs (that everyone hates), is very hard to convey in a movie. By necessity, a lot was going to be lost. They found alternate ways to convey a lot of the needed information, but let's all get real here, this is not a book that could be faithfully converted into a movie. I thought they did great with what they had, and that the book and movie are good companions to each other. There are a few bits of humor and details that could have actually been included that I could nitpick about (mostly what M_Fox mentioned), but I'm not going to.

All of this is the reason why I think the later Harry Potter movies were FAR superior over the first couple, when they stopped trying to be fully faithful to the source material and started just letting the movies be the movies. If you try making two completely different mediums too similar, it's just foolish. I'm actually glad they apparently realized right away they couldn't do that with this movie, so they didn't try.
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