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Page to Screen Discussion: Catching Fire

3 Dec

Time for the second installment in my new Page to Screen Discussion series. The latest movie I’ve watched (where I read the book first) was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I actually saw it opening night, but I’m giving you all a little time hoping that you were able to see it.

The Movie was released on November 22nd, 2013 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, directed by Francis Lawrence. The book was released September 1, 2009 by Scholastic, written by Suzanne Collins. Here’s some pros and cons of each.

 

Book cover from Goodreads.com

Book cover from Goodreads.com

The Book
Pros: Katniss’s growing animosity toward the Capitol is very prevalent. Her relationship with Peeta seems more strained wich works better (in my opinion) with her character. Better understanding of Katniss’s complacency toward the revolution and how she doesn’t want to be a symbol of it.Cons: First person POV limits the action because the capital perspective is unavailable. Katniss’s cold personality made the capital citizen’s anger at the games less obvious because of the lack of emotional detail.

 

Movie Poster via MyHungerGames.com

Movie Poster via MyHungerGames.com

The Movie
Pros: Ability to have scenes of Snow and Plutrarch talking while Katniss is in the games adds a lot to the plot development of the revolution, which is kind of sudden in the book. The scenes of the capital and their clothing is hard to describe in text but the movie did a fantastic job of depicting it.

Cons: The scene depicting Haymitch’s time in the games was cut and this was a scene I really wanted to see. Because the part about her ear being surgically replaced was cut from the first movie, she doesn’t make any excuse for why she can see the forcefields. The painting of Rue that Peeta did was supposed to be better concealed when Katniss entered the training room and it wasn’t which made the capital seem careless and cocky instead of scared.

So, what’s my end opinion? I was very happy with how close to the book the movie stayed. This was my favorite book of the trilogy and I think Jennifer Lawrence did an amazing job. Visually, the movie was great and I think it added a lot to the story to have multiple points of view. Ultimately, I have to stick by my guns. The book was better.

What did you think? I’d love to hear other opinions. Please leave a comment and let me know what you thought.

Until next time, write on.

Page to Screen Discussion: Ender’s Game

22 Nov

As a writer, I always want to say that the book was better than the movie. I can think of several instances off the top of my head where I feel this way: Harry Potter, Silver Linings Playbook, The Cider House Rules, etc. But I can also think of one or two instances where I liked the movie better. The one I always come back to is the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

I thought I’d add a segment where my readers can debate me on these topics. As I see movie’s that I’ve previously enjoyed as books, I’ll post one or two points and let the reader take over the discussion in the comments. Let’s see how this works.

My first post is about Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I read the book over the summer and I saw the movie last week. I’ll set my argument up here. Feel free to take any form you want if you choose to disagree or agree with me.

The Book
Pros: Development of Ender through his childhood, ability to take the ending far into the future, subplot of Peter and Val’s political work on Earth.
Cons: Showed Ender as almost superhuman in strength and intelligence at a young age (6), unable to show too much action when Ender was not narrating (limited to the first part of the chapters when Anderson and Graff talk).

 

Image from impawards.com

Image from impawards.com

The Movie
Pros: Amazing depiction of Battle School, concentrated Ender’s journey into a short time so his mental exhaustion was even more plausible.
Cons: Compressed timing took away from Ender’s character development (Thank you The Wanna-Be Writer for this), had to leave out sub-plot of his siblings back on Earth, left out colonies at the end.

So, what’s my end opinion? I liked the movie visually, but the story in the book was much better. In the end, that’s what we’re going for. The book was better.

What did you think? I’d love to hear other opinions. Please leave a comment and let me know what you thought.

Until next time, write on.