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The Hunger Games Series: Movies to Books

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

One of the highly anticipated movies recently was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, the final movie to end the very successful Hunger Games franchise. This movie series was based off of the book series written by Suzanne Collins. Most people would say the books are almost always better than the movies. Some say the movies never stay true to the books or what the author intended. How well did the Hunger Games hold up?

Most people believe the movies did very well in living up to the written work.

However, some say important chunks were left out and never brought up, which hurt the overall effect of the movie. People say the movies were less descriptive and did not do a very good job of explaining problems that you needed to comprehend to understand the rest of the movie.

Sophie Senyk ’19 said, “If I had to choose, I [would] choose the books over the movies. There was a lot more detail, and in my opinion they were more intriguing. The books were way more descriptive. I enjoyed the books more.”

Russell Ash, supporter of the movies said, “The hype about the movies was overwhelming so I do think that they stayed as true to the books as they could get.”

Photo Credit: Scholastic

Photo Credit: Scholastic

Fans of the series say that even though the movies were fantastic and loved by many, they cannot compete with Suzanne Collins’s work. An essay taken from an online writing blog said that although the movies were amazing, the effect was not the same because of the different perspectives. In the movies, Katniss is not the one telling the story, so it took away the effect of the “original intentions”. However, the essay also says there were “unmistakable similarities” between the two that no one could deny.

Overall, the movies did an okay job with staying true to the books, but there is always room for improvement! You can buy The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 on Blu-Ray and DVD, which was released today.

By Emily Ash ’19, Staff Writer