The Hunger Games: Book vs. Movie Essay

1538 Words May 25th, 2012 7 Pages
The Hunger Games, the introductory novel in a trilogy book series written by author Suzanne Collins in 2008, is a young adult novel that surrounds a teenage girl named Katniss Everdeen in a futuristic tale of a teenager who defies all odds when they are stacked against her. She is shaken to the core with sacrifice, adversity and danger when she finds herself forced to compete in a televised series of games where there is only one survivor. Not only does she want to live, but she has an incredible sense of responsibility to her family that she’s left behind. The film based off of the best selling novel, also entitled, “The Hunger Games,” premiered in March 2012. Director Gary Ross does a great job of incorporating the plot, setting and …show more content…
In the book, he’s described as once being normal, but that participating in the Games had caused his behavior to take a turn for the worse. He’s described as constantly searching for more drinks and stumbling around in a drunken stupor. Even though his issues are obvious, it’s still his job is to try to give advice to Katniss and Peeta with various strategies, hints and tactics. He is portrayed as an incompetent, useless guide for the two when it comes to winning the Hunger Games, and at times Katniss questions his ability to help them in their worst times of need. In the film though, Haymitch was always there at the most critical times, providing food water and even medicine for the two contestants. There was only one scene, in the beginning, where he was completely drunk, but soon pulled himself together and played a major role in assuring Katniss and Peeta victory in the Games. His drunken behavior was downplayed in the movie, which may be setting him up to have an even bigger role as the book series continues.
Another example of the differences was what happened in District 11. In the film, one of the Tributes is a tiny 12 year old girl named Rue, whose odds are doubly against her due to her lack of size. When she is killed during the Games, Katniss, who has tried to protect her throughout the Games, is very upset. The injustice of the entire situation comes to a boiling point with Katniss, as

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