Divergent: Movie Versus Novel (link)

Hello!

So, I haven’t read the book, so I can’t compare the two for you like I usually do with other books (such as Hunger Games). However, I know ya’ll still enjoy reading the comparisons, so I found a couple links that compare and contrast the two.

When I compare the two, it will be quite a ways away, so here’s a couple links instead to feed your desires 🙂

This link is a list comparison

http://thatwasnotinthebook.com/diff/divergent

This link is more like how I compare movies and books; it’s more detailed AND it has pictures. Yay for pictures!

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Divergent-10-Big-Differences-Between-Movie-Book-42202.html

Enjoy!

-S. K. Robitaille

Catching Fire: Movie vs. Novel

So, a lot of people have been excited on seeing Catching Fire this weekend, me included. I was a bit delayed on seeing it Sunday, and even more delayed with writing this post until now, so please forgive silly little me! 🙂

To sum it up briefly before I go on the long(ish) post ahead, I was really satisfied with this movie. Not only is a great movie on its own, but I could tell the director was a lot truer to the book in the second movie. Special effects were stupendous, NO CAMERA SHAKING, and there was a good amount of music to keep up the suspense. So, I luckily won’t have to make too long of a list of things that were missing in the movie, or what I wished changed.

So, time to compare!

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So, the movie begins with life in district 12. Katniss is out hunting, Gale meets up with her, and after some hunting and talking, and as they walk back into the district, Gale just leans in and kisses her. And she kisses back. Then it’s over, and he says, “I had to at least do that once.”

As Dwight from “The Office” would say…

Dwight-Schrute-FalseBecause in actuality, in the book, cameras are constantly around Katniss. Gale is pretty self-kept to himself because he’s a bit bitter about the performance in the games, and when Katniss and Gale finally have a little bit of time to themselves, Gale leans in to kiss her. It’s described as a bit forceful, and she’s quite surprised and shocked by it. Once the kiss is over, the famous lines are spoken:

“I love you” -Gale

“I know” -Katniss

Ha! Ouch. So, obviously that didn’t happen in the movie, but I can live with that. So, moving on!

In the movie and book alike, Katniss is visited by President Snow because he isn’t convinced that Katniss was about to eat the berries in the arena out of love; instead he thinks it was an act of rebellion. He warns her that if she doesn’t convince him that she’s truly in love with Peeta and her actions in the arena were out of love and not disobedience, then he’ll kill everyone and everything she loves.

Peeta and Katniss have to put up an act in front of the cameras for the Capitol, when instead they actually don’t speak with one another much. It wasn’t covered in the first movie, but in the first book, Peeta accidentally overhears Katniss telling Haymitch about everything being an act in the arena, and she doesn’t know what to do with Peeta. Obviously he’s hurt from this, knowing it was just an act for the cameras when his love was real. So, they missed describing that in the first film. Sorry movie goers!

Peacekeepers are starting to get into higher patrol in district 12, and rules are stricter. When Gale refuses to obey, he’s sent to be whipped. This scene was extremely powerful on the screen. I knew it was going to happen, but my heart was still hurting when I saw him on that post. Ah…

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Katniss stands up first, then comes Haymitch, and then Peeta. Once Gale is brought back to Katniss’ mom’s house and Prim, they try their best to heal him. In the book it better describes how much pain Gale was actually in, but the acting was still done very well in this scene by everyone involved, especially Katniss and Gale.

And just like the book, Katniss refuses to leave Gale’s side.

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Obviously their relationship grows quite a bit. But, of course, things go astray.

Because it’s time for the Capitol tour! Everything transpires in the movie like it did in the book, such as the man who gets shot in district 11, and Katniss has to put up a big act and not speak her true thoughts during the whole tour. Peeta proposes to Katniss on TV, but when Katniss goes to the Capitol party, President Snow lets her know that he’s still not convinced that her love is real.

Once back in District 12, it’s announced that the 75th Hunger Games are going to take place. This is when Katniss finds out she’ll be going back into the arena.

At the reaping, it’s very touching…

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All the feels in Effie’s face! Which, by the way, I feel as though her character had a lot more of a role in this film. This made me very happy, considering her character is so important in the books.

Time for the parade, and their outfits are more impressive this time around than the first movie, at least I think so. It looks much more real this time around, eh?

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Although, I’ll say this now, why in the freaking world isn’t Peeta smiling that much? WHY? In the books, he’s always this cheerful kind of guy who’s so easy to talk with, and whose eyes are always so gentle. One of my favorite quotes: “I look up into those blue eyes that no amount of dramatic makeup can make truly deadly and remember how, just a year ago, I was prepared to kill him.” -Katniss, Ch. 15

Gosh, I love Peeta so much. I mean, I really enjoy Hutcherson, but I still don’t think the movie does Peeta’s character much justice. His unconditional love and sweet, caring presence isn’t as prominent like in the books. Ah, well. I’ll comment more on characters themselves in another post!

Sugar cube scene: of course it’s in there!

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Sam Claflin is alright with Finnick, but agh…just agh. I wasn’t too awful happy with this scene. Finnick in the book is so much more of a flirt, and has that unique smile in just the corner of his lip that I fell for *sigh* I felt like this was just another scene in the movie instead of such an impactful one like in the book.

Then it’s for the dress scene, who can forget that? I was really happy about the special effects of the dress turning into the Mockingjay, I think it was much more well done than her dress in the first film. Although I would have liked to see Katniss freak out a bit at first as to what’s going on like she did in the book, and then smile a bit knowing what it truly is. Still an amazing scene, though!

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Awesome!!

The first part of the movie seems just a tiny bit rushed, but that’s alright. They spent the perfect amount of time in the actual arena, which I was happy with. I felt like the first one didn’t have as much of the arena in it like it should’ve.

To quote the book once Katniss rises up into the arena: “Slowly I raise my eyes and take in the water spreading out in every direction. I can only form one clear thought. This is no place for a girl on fire.” -Katniss, Ch.18

The arena is exactly how I pictured it. Down to every little detail. I was stunned on how much they followed the book!

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And here’s another view of the arena…

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While in the arena, everything goes in order of progression just like the book. Such as Peeta getting electrified by the force field, what parts of the arena attacks them in what order, etc. I’ll go into bullet points down below, but right now I’m just making the biggest comparisons. Enjoy it! ENJOY IT!

Anyway 🙂

The fog did not disappoint. I was actually quite disturbed the side effects that were created once the fog touched the skin. If on-screen it can disturb me more than I can picture it in my head while reading, then obviously I’m quite impressed.

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Although they didn’t experience the big wave themselves, which they weren’t supposed to, I also wasn’t disappointed as to how the wave looked on-screen. Bravo!

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The monkeys were also well done. Although I would’ve liked to see the monkeys in a good mood as well like in the book, in order to emphasize that certain areas only attack during their hour. I lived without that small aspect in the movie, though. I was still happy with that monkey scene!

Just a bit confused that, once again, Katniss didn’t worry about her arrow count. In both books she kept count and retrieved her arrows since supply isn’t endless, so I wish they kept that aspect. Just a small thing to fix, I suppose.

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Peeta!! NOOOoooooo. I do like his reaction, though. Well done.

Jabberjays were also quite an impact. It actually effected me more watching it and experiencing it on-screen than in the book. I could actually hear Prim screaming, and Gale, and it was just so hurtful. I was pretty tortured, just like Katniss was.
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Peeta on the other side of the glass also made me really sad, especially when for a moment the camera let us hear Peeta even if for a moment. He was trying to reassure her that it’s all fake and to calm down, and to stay with him, but obviously she couldn’t hear him.

Here’s the quote to go along with the scene: “Peeta presses his hand against the surface and I put my own up to meet it, as if I can feel him through the wall…I try to make out what he’s saying, but I can’t focus, so I just stare at his face, doing my best to hang on to my sanity.” -Katniss (during the Jabberjays), Ch. 24

Although the acting was superb, a bit of me wishes Katniss did, in fact, actually put her hand up to the glass and stare back at Peeta. It’s so, sadly intimate.

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The famous beach scene is up next, fellow book lovers. Yet *sigh* wasn’t as long as I wished. Just like the cave scene in the first movie wasn’t long, either. However, the main point was given that Peeta gave her the locket, told her that she’s still more important and nobody needs Peeta like that back home, and Katniss argues that she does. And they kiss 🙂 But in the book, I think, it was still so much sweeter. I liked how it was described: “The sensation inside me grows warmer and spreads out from my chest, down through my body, out along my arms and legs, to the tips of my being. Instead of satisfying me, the kisses have the opposite effect, of making me need greater. I thought I was something of an expert on hunger, but this is an entirely new kind.” -Katniss (with Peeta), Ch.24

It really shows how much Katniss is really falling for the guy, and how deep their kiss has become compared to all the other ones. Although it wasn’t portrayed as such on the screen, at least for me, it was still a good scene altogether.

Yay for the locket 🙂

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Everything else that follows is exactly like the book. Exactly like it. Down to the lightning tree, what happens in between those events, and how Katniss is brought out of the arena. The ending, as well, is exactly like the ending of the book.

In fact, the ending was perfect.

After Gale tells her about district 12, the film ends on her expression. First Katniss is sad, which she should be, but then the anger starts to rise up. And this fire, this pure hatred, comes up in her eyes.

Then the screen fades black.

BOOM.

Amazing film. So, so dang amazing.

Now, here’s the bullet points I promised. First in line, I want to cover the smaller things that I was happy were put into the film:

  • The scene with Johanna in the elevator. Katniss’ expression is priceless.
  • Buttercup, the cat, is yellow/orange! Yay!
  • The way Mags walks into the fog. Sad, but so beautiful.
  • When President Snow drinks from some water, there’s some blood seeping back into it from his mouth. I’m glad they’re adding that plot point.
  • Finnick’s trident is well crafted.
  • Peeta paints the real scene of Rue’s death on the training room floor, and Katniss hangs the doll with Seneca Crane’s name on it. You go, Glen Coco!
  • Peeta gives Katniss the pearl. If they left this out there would’ve been a riot.
  • Peeta comforts a changling when they’re dying, just like he did in the book. Very touching.
  • All of the tributes hold each other’s hands after the interview, and they try to cut the cameras off before it’s aired. It still is.
  • The ships were in this movie! They came to pick up the dead tributes like in the book, when they didn’t do that in the first film.
  • When Katniss has a nightmare and wants Peeta to sleep with her, and asks for him to stay with her, in which he replies, “Always.” I hope people realize how important that becomes later.

Things I wished were in the movie, but because of time restraint I understand why they weren’t there. But still…

  • Katniss didn’t learn about how Haymitch won his Games.
  • Katniss never has to try and climb over an electrified fence after she’s done hunting. It was an interesting scene.
  • When Katniss offers to get married to Peeta and he just agrees and walks away, the movie didn’t add Haymitch saying, “Peeta wanted to propose in his own way, and truly. Not as an act.” Something along those lines. Made me sad that wasn’t in there.
  • Peeta’s paintings aren’t in the film. I liked how he painted scenes from the arena in a way to settle his PTSD.
  • Katniss has perfect hearing in the movie, when in the book one of her ears were impacted from the explosion. She uses this lack of hearing as an excuse in correctly spotting force fields. Apparently in the movie it’s no issue that she can spot these force fields.
  • Longer beach scene. I wanted it to be longer!
  • Katniss and Finnick never cover their skin in that green goop to help heal their wounds, and then scare Peeta with it when he was trying to sleep. This is the point that Katniss really starts to trust Finnick, and it wasn’t in the movie. Sad panda 😦
  • Katniss doesn’t have to keep track of her arrow count in the movie.
  • Peeta should be smiling more, gosh dang it!!
  • Wasn’t Beetee supposed to be old?

So, overall I really enjoyed the movie and how much it stuck to the plot of the book. Of course I didn’t cover every single thing they did in the movie because that’d just spoil all the fun for everyone else, but to fellow book lovers, trust me when I say that this adaptation was extremely well done. You will NOT be disappointed whatsoever.

How did you like the movie? Comment below!

May the odds be ever in your favor!

-S. K. Robitaille

P.s. I’m so hung up on Peeta not smiling as much on-screen like he did in the books irks me, so here’s a random picture to enjoy 🙂

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Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters: Movie vs Novel

So, I’m sorry I’m so delayed with this post, I know I should’ve gotten to it earlier than this. However, I finally got around to seeing the second Percy Jackson movie. I just heard many negative things about it, although I don’t blame the reviews. The movie was…meh. I’ll got into further detail.

Movie on its own: it was okay. Had some action, gave backstories, and generally speaking it was entertaining. However, I didn’t really enjoy the acting this time around. A lot of it seemed forced. The only person I genuinely enjoyed was Tyson; I think his role was played pretty well. The battles (or I guess I should call them fights?) weren’t all as enticing as I wish they were. I didn’t feel any sense of real danger in any of them.

Alright, now I’ll compare the movie and the novel. Prepare for the many, many scrutinizations ahead!

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Okay, so for those who haven’t read the book, I’m really sorry for all of these differences. Please read the books. The movie gives them no justice at all.

Anywho, let’s start with the beginning! In the movie, we’re brought into the story of Thalia’s tree (which was told in the first book). It describes how the tree protects the camp and etc, and then we’re brought back to the right time, and Percy and Clarisse competing to climb this wall first. Percy is summoned to Chiron’s office since Tyson is summoned by Poseidon to come to camp since he’s his son, although he’s a cyclops and considered a monster. Percy is pissy, etc, and then this metal bull comes to camp, which in turn reveals the problem that the barrier is getting weak because Thalia’s tree is poisoned. Luke comes to camp, basically tells Percy he’s all a part of this (once the bull is killed), and then gives him a choice to join him or die. Then he leaves.

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Good job on the bull, though. Cool.

How the story really starts: Percy is in school, and that’s where he knows Tyson. He doesn’t know they’re related, but Percy is still friends with him because both of them are outcasts. Tyson doesn’t speak very well, but his main points get across. Then one day playing dodgeball, these giants come to try and kill Percy with them, and Tyson helps protect him. Annabeth comes to the school (with her invisible cap that’s never brought into the movie) and helps kill the giants, and then drags Percy back to camp in the cab with the three sisters with one eye (yes, these ladies were in the movie as well, just at a different point in the plot). Then once they’re at camp they get attacked by the metal bulls (more than one), and Annabeth has to grant Tyson permission into the camp in order to help save Percy. Once inside, there’s a new headmaster (Chiron got blamed for possibly poisoning the tree), and eventually Tyson is claimed by Poseidon.

I already have issues when the movie starts! Tyson didn’t get there like that, Chiron isn’t supposed to be there, where are the chariot races, and Luke doesn’t even go to Percy! AHHHH!!! Luke’s character, ahh!!

Anyway 🙂

In the movie Clarisse is sent to fetch the fleece (same as the book), and Percy goes because he just wants to. But in the book he goes because…hold it…

Grover is in trouble.

In the movie Grover is there the whole time, but no. That’s not the case. Grover actually sets out on a quest for Pan in the end of book one, and the golden fleece radiates that smell that Pan would have, which drives satyrs to the island in the first place. Grover gets there, captured by the Cyclops, and then he sends Percy a basic live feed while Percy is asleep in order to tell him that he’s in trouble and needs help. The only thing keeping him alive is that the cyclops thinks he’s a woman cyclops. Hence: why Grover is wearing a wedding dress in the movie as well. Grover is trapped there much longer than the movie suggested. So, that’s why Percy is going: to save Grover.

Which reminds me, Hermes (Luke’s father, messenger God), goes to Percy and gives him the supplies he’ll need for the quest. This includes the thermos as well as vitamins that will “make you feel more like yourself” which comes in handy later. Hermes also tells Percy to aboard the cruise ship, and Percy doesn’t know Luke is on it.

See the major differences already?

Quick sum up of movie version at this point of the story: Percy finds out what boat Luke is on, travels there by a Hippocampus, and then boards the ship. Which, mind you, is a lot smaller than the cruise ship described in the story. SH0060_cmp_v2110.0300.tif

Yay for pretty hippocampus!

Aboard the ship they get captured pretty quickly, and Luke goes on about the plot of him wanting the fleece to revive Kronos, and just wants Percy to do the work on retrieving it. This, actually, isn’t supposed to be revealed until the end of the story.

They get taken down to the brig, and Percy makes the waves move in order to get the backpack that holds his sword, they get free, go up on the top of the boat, and take the lifeboat to get out. Percy briefly fights Luke (lame for brief), and then rides a wave out. Oh! By the way, this guy is in the movie…

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Hey there, buddy! Weren’t you supposed to be in the first one? Yes? Oh, okay.

So, Percy rides a wave out to the lifeboat, they use the thermos to get away fast, and voila.

Brief sum up of what really happened: Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson aboard a cruise ship that Hermes directed them to. They realize something is wrong when the members aboard seem to be in a trance, and eventually they hear Luke’s voice in the distance. As they hide they try to figure out what he’s talking about, and Tyson mimics their voices perfectly in order to translate conversation. They get busted, threatened to be fed to the creature down in the “brig” but Percy escapes at night in a lifeboat with the others. So, I suppose not too many differences here. Except Luke doesn’t spill the beans on his plans. Derp, Luke. Stop being a derp in the movie.

And then…dun dun dun…the sea of monsters!

percy-jackson-sea-of-monsters-trailer-2Movie version: they get sucked into the monster in the lifeboat, they get digested, and that’s where they run into Clarisse and her crew of zombies (totally normal situation). Percy decides to give it a stomach ache by shooting a canon at the edges of the stomach, they burst through, and then they resurface without harm. Then Percy spots the island where the Cyclops is, where there’s an amusement park. (huh?)

Book version (the real one): Percy and the rest run into Clarisse elsewhere (on land, actually, after they fight a hydra), and she lets them aboard her ship as long as they don’t screw with her quest. They enter the sea of monsters (Percy can recognize the coordinates given to him), and they tactfully try to go between the two monsters (one on land–Scylla–that snatches sailors from the ship, and the other–Charybdis– that swallows them up from under the sea). The engine is failing, and Tyson goes down to fix it since he’s the only one who isn’t harmed by fire, and therefore can work on it under the boat. They get out of danger (momentarily), and Percy is picked up by Scylla by his backpack. He slips free after seeing the boat explode (Tyson presumably dead), and gets pulled onto the lifeboat with Clarisse and Annabeth.

Whew! Again, more major differences. I feel like my brain needs a break after typing out all of these things!  How’s your brain doing? Is it well?

Here…

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And another one for fun…

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Now to get back on track!

Movie version: Clarisse, Tyson, Grover, and Tyson land on the island of the Cyclops. Which, as said before, is a theme park *cocks head in confusion* why? I don’t…I just don’t…

Anyway, they get to the entrance of the Cyclops’ cave…

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They see the fleece on the Cyclops’ shoulder, and they try to distract it as much as they can. I’ll keep it to the point, and eventually they get the fleece. They trap the Cyclops in the cave, Luke shows up and tries to shoot Percy with an arrow, but Tyson takes the blow and falls into the water below. Percy ends up handing Luke the fleece in submission, and Luke puts it on Kronos’ tomb to revive him.

So, prepare to be mind blown if you haven’t read the book. If you have, then already your mind is blown, huh? I know, I know.

Book version: it’s just an island, no amusement park. The fleece is perched on a branch where his sheep (man-eating ones, at that) guard it. Percy and Annabeth reach the cave, and Annabeth puts on her invisible cap to trick the Cyclops into thinking she’s “Nothing.” After trial and error, Clarisse reveals Grover is a satyr, Cyclops gets pissed, they all get free and Tyson snatches the fleece. Once crossing the bridge, the Cyclops falls into the depths only to come back to chase them out to sea. They reach a city (I forget the specific one), and Percy hands Clarisse the fleece to bring back to camp. She leaves with it, alone, and Luke shows up to retrieve it. Seeing it’s not there, Percy tricks him into revealing he was using him to use the fleece on Kronos, which the whole camp overhears through the water message (read the books). All three head back to camp where Chiron is back in the job.

Now, this is different in the movie. Remember how Luke has the fleece now? Yeah…

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Kronos is back! For about…erm…eight minutes? Percy slashes through him pretty easily, and he’s sucked back into the tomb.

*me giving an unimpressed look at the screen*

Lame. Oh, and Luke gets killed. He doesn’t get killed in the second book. *cries from such a difference*

Annabeth gets stabbed, dies, but gets healed from the fleece. This also doesn’t happen in the book.

And this is when, finally, the book and movie are the same! HAZA! They bring back the fleece and heal Thalia’s tree, although it heals it too well, since Thalia rises up from the ground, which turns the fate of the prophecy.

Whew! I need some water after typing all that! Percy? Hello? May you bring me some water, please? No? Okay, he’s busy.

Here’s some fun stuff that happened in the book that wasn’t in the movie:

  • Percy and Annabeth pass by the island of the Sirens. Annabeth listens to them and ends up swimming to them, but Percy saves her. She did it because if you survive, you’re supposed to be all that much wiser.
  • Percy gets turned into a guinea pig. Annabeth saves him, fortunately.
  • The chariot races! There were two of them, the first which was attacked by birds, and the second was actually a success.
  • Fight with a hydra.
  • Tyson builds a really awesome shield for Percy. Percy just wears a watch, presses a button, and wham! Instant shield. Pretty dang awesome.
  • Tyson was celebrated at camp, so he finally belongs.
  • Chiron and his buddies end up saving Percy from being killed by Luke and his crew. Speaking of Luke…
  • It was also in book one, but Luke has a really badass sword. One tip can kill mortals, and the other can kill immortals. Percy’s sword can’t harm any normal person, but Luke’s can. Oh, Luke. You crazy, bastard you.

Extra fun little tidbits for you because I can!

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Your sword still isn’t gold, Percy! It’s supposed to be GOLD!!

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Hey, Clarisse, what’cha got there? A Tron disc? What’s that doing here?

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That’s it for this post! How did you feel about the movie in comparison to the book, or just the movie on its own? Comment below!

Keep on reading!

-S. K. Robitaille

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief. Movie vs. Novel

Guess who finally got around to reading the first Percy Jackson book? This lady over here. I figured I might as well read what the hype was about with this series, considering the second movie is coming out. I quite enjoyed the first movie as well, and the second looks better, so I figured: hey, why not read the book?

First: I apologize for getting to this so late.

Second: I understand why book lovers despised the movie so much. The differences are phenomenal. I’ll go into detail below.

And third: my thoughts on the book as a whole. Obviously this was for an audience of young readers, since the writing style was very simple. Little too simple for me, but I could still appreciate the plot it presented. At first it took me a while to get into it, since Percy felt a little 2d to me, but about a quarter of the way through or so I started to connect a bit. Started getting more suspenseful near the end of the story, which made the last thirty pages or so a very quick read.

Alright, now to compare and CONTRAST the movie and book. Obviously there will be spoilers, so deal with it 😉

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Where to start? Okay, let’s start with the biggest differences.

-Percy is supposed to be 12. 12!

-Annabeth is blond, with curly locks. Erm…

-A camp advisor isn’t even in the movie. “Mr. D” is only in the book. I think he’s in the second movie, though, from the looks of it.

-We don’t even know Percy is the son of Poseidon until a quarter of the way through the story. We know he’s a demigod, but not exactly who his father is.

-We don’t know the lightning bolt is stolen until Percy is given a quest about halfway into the book (little before then, but just giving a generalization). Which, by the way, he was given permission to leave the camp.

-Luke isn’t known as the lightning thief until the final chapter. Hello! Which, speaking of, Percy speaks with an Oracle to know that one of his friends would betray him, and the quest was practically a different motivation. In the movie he wanted to try and make a deal with Hades even though he didn’t have the lightning bolt for his mother back, and in the book it’s his mission to find the lightning bolt (Hades is the main suspect), and that’s why they go to the Underworld to begin with. Percy, though, still cares about his mother more than the bolt in both the movie and the book. The three main pearls to get him back home aren’t even the main mission, however, instead they’re given to him.

-The camp doesn’t even focus on the different cabins in the movie. Each cabin signifies the god they’re the children of, and only after Percy finds out Poseidon is his father does he get a cabin to himself. It wasn’t just given to him right away.

-Percy has a fight with a god. A FIGHT. With Ares, the god of war. Hello? WHY would they not add that?

-Speaking of Ares, the god was convinced to start a war with the gods by Kronos. Luke, also, was convinced by Kronos, who decided to have a war of the gods after he failed a quest and felt like the gods were mocking him because the quest has already been done before. MUCH different plot than in the movie, where Luke was plainly angry at them. Never explained why. Percy and Luke never fight in this one.

-There are names and places that aren’t mentioned in the movie. Learning about all of these places and Greek names was actually quite interesting and educational. Want to read the list? Let’s do it!

  • Hera
  • Apollo
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  • Dionysus (Mr. D, the second camp leader)
  • Clarisse (enemy of Percy at camp)
  • Orpheus, Hercules, Houdini
  • Ares
  • The Oracle
  • The three furies (Mrs. Dodds is one of them, but there are also two other main ones in the novel)
  • Pan (the god of wild places)
  • The Chimera and Echidna
  • Iris (the rainbow goddess)
  • Hephaestus
  • The Silent One/The Rich One (nicknames for Hades)
  • Neriad, a spirit of the sea
  • Riptide (his sword’s name)
  • Procrustes
  • Charon
  • Cerberus

     

  • Fields of Asophodel, Fields of Punishment, and Elysium (parts of the Underworld)

I’ll stop there for now 🙂 Those are just some examples of what the movie missed.

Percy runs into a lot more monsters in the book, and a lot more plot twists. Also, it was Ares that framed Percy with the bolt and not Luke.

Smaller points that the movie missed:

-Annabeth isn’t so full of herself when it comes to fighting. She let’s herself show fear in the book, and indecision. She’s a bit more vulnerable in the books, but in a way she’s also more self-kept about her thoughts and such. She’s not so friendly to Percy at first when she finds out he’s the son of Poseidon, but eventually they get along better. She still teases him, though 🙂

-There’s a power even to a name. Saying names (such as Hades or Kronos) can bring more power to that god or creature. You have to be careful.

-Percy never battled a Hydra like in the movie. The Lotus Casino was also directed toward children with games and not an every day casino with slots.

-Each character has a better, in-depth background than what the movie presents. Then again, isn’t that with every book to movie adaptation?

Alright, now let me COMPARE them instead.

-All the characters have the right names. Yay?

-The overall idea, I suppose, is correct: the lightning bolt needs to be returned to Olympus so there’s not a war of the gods.

-Percy’s mom is to the T: caring, loving, and always wanting to be there for her son.

-So is the step-dad, all smelly and gross. Sally (Percy’s mom), does use the Medusa head to turn him into stone. Which reminds me, Percy did fight with Medusa, although the fight went differently.

-The three pearls to get home from the Underworld ARE in the movie, but not the main focus. In fact, Annabeth, Percy, and Grover use them to get out, with Percy’s promise to return back to retrieve his mother. Once Hades gets his half of the deal, he does release his mother back to him. Grover is never left with Hades’ wife, in fact, we don’t even meet her in the book. We do, however, meet hell hounds! Yay!

-There is the game of Capture the Flag. Percy is on Annabeth’s team, though. Did I forget to mention she has a baseball cap that turns her invisible? Yeah, the movie forgot that too.

That’s basically about it. Lot more differences than similarities, which makes me understand why readers were so upset about the first movie. I’m tempted to read the second one, but it’s so close to the second movie coming out that I may get pissed at that movie if it screws it up just as badly. Agh. Indecision.

Anyway, there you have it! Percy is such a seaweed brain 😉

Keep on reading! And watching book to movie adaptations. Well, more decent ones, that is.

-S. K. Robitaille

Warm Bodies: Movie vs Novel

So, I think everyone knows the new movie that’s out in theaters called “Warm Bodies.” I went backwards (so out of my character) and saw the movie first before I read the book. Quite a weird thing for me…

But anyway, I bought the book yesterday and finished it today, and I figured I should compare the two, eh?

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I don’t think I’ll ever read the book so soon after I watch the movie ever again. Or vice versa, rather. The movie, for once, was practically spot on with everything the book has. I actually felt like I was watching the movie again from all the similarities, although of course there are some minor differences.

So, let me first say I enjoyed the movie. I thought it was cute, sweet, and although predictable I enjoyed it. Plus I got to stare at this face most the time…

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Anyway, getting off track.

Reading the novel second was an interesting aspect, quite different; not my usual strategy. Oh well, we all have to try something new! So, as for the writing, I thought it was fine. Based on the character in the movie, R, I thought he’d be funnier as a narrator in the book. Boy, was I wrong.

In the beginning, of course, I saw his humor. Along the way there are some side comments, but overall his persona was entirely different. In the movie I saw R as someone trying to understand, someone somewhat confused by his love for Julie. However, in the book, he was a much deeper character that was trying SO hard to keep a hold of his sanity. He wanted so badly to be better and become better with Julie, and his emotions were so much deeper in the book itself.

The writing itself in the book was fine. Some scenes went too slowly for me, but overall it went okay. Oh, and on the other hand, I felt like some scenes were a bit awkward in dialogue. Granted, maybe a human and zombie talking with one another is supposed to be awkward…

Anyway, time to compare the movie to the book.

-Overall I think the overall spirit was captured from book to movie. As I said before, the beginning of the book was practically spot on with every single scene that took place and was translated to the screen. For that I was thankful, although it made reading the scenes a bit drab since I just recently saw the film. Not the writer’s fault, but mine 🙂 As it went on, however, I could see entirely different motives transpire in the plot, which actually confused me. I was like, “wtf? this isn’t right…” but then I realized: “duh, I’m reading what actually happened. it’s the movie that lied.” Silly me. Those points will be covered below.

-R has a wife and kids in the book. At least in the beginning. I can see why this was left out in the movie, considering there wasn’t too big of a purpose of these characters in the overall story. The wife zombie was just a foil to Julie, giving an example of what love really is in their world. I’m fine with those aspects being cut out of the movie.

-The Boneys (spelling?) had a higher power in the book than the movie, like some kind of weird zombie monarchy. It was clearly shown that these guys ruled the others, while in the movie they just seemed like zombies too far gone to even be saved. This monarchy was only slightly shown in the movie when they were kicking the other zombies out and ran out to hunt down R. At least that plot point wasn’t missed.

-The plot point with Perry is pretty much ignored in the movie. Sad face 😦 It was really interesting to see this relationship with R and Perry in the book. For those of you who didn’t read, Perry is the guy that R killed, who was Julie’s boyfriend. In the novel it was really interesting to see Perry practically live through R in his daydreams and his thoughts at moments of high stress or when R tries to sleep. I’m sad this wasn’t in the movie. That was a really interesting aspect of R as a person.

-The book and movie practically go hand in hand until R sneaks into the city of the living. He finds Julie, la la la, and then that’s where motives become different. In the movie she wants to immediately show him to her father, but that’s far from the case in the book. R wants a tour of the city, they go on one (which, by the way, in the book there’s a long history with her mother that was left out in the movie), and R bites a guard because they were about to find him out. This causes the other guards to become aware of him, and that’s when Julie wants to get out of the city. Totally different than the movie. Speaking of different, it gets a whole lot weirder…

-R takes the fall just like in the movie, but it’s when they’re escaping the city. And he lands on concrete, not in water. At this point he’s still a zombie, not yet bleeding.

-R and Julie end up coming back because boneys are after them, and that’s when the plot goes all out of whack in differences…

-R and Julie kiss, her dad gets all furious and freaks out wanting to shoot them, and then after some physical fighting he ends up dangling on the side of the roof. A boney gets him and bites into him, and they both fall off the roof and to the stadium ground. The dad dies, and Julie figures out R is finally bleeding from a head wound she caused him weeks ago, and not from a bullet wound. And I’m like…..HOLY S%*&@. Huge difference in an ending there! Why the big change in the movie?

-At the end it gets similar again, where the living cautiously reproach the dead to try and cure them. Both the movie and book are the same in this respect, and R keeps his name the same as well. Just R. In the book he has more of a reason for this, where he feels as though this is the life he wants, and the past life he had no longer matters, and the name he used to have doesn’t matter either. New name, new beginning. I liked that aspect in the book.

Overall the movie did well adapting from the book. Some plot points I’m fine without, but others I’m wondering why there was such a drastic change.

I did, however, really enjoy this quote in the book. Enjoy 🙂

“I look into Julie’s face. Not just at it, but into it. Every pore, every freckle, every faint gossamer hair. And then the layers beneath them. The flesh and bones, the blood and brain, all the way down to the unknowable energy that swirls in her core, the life force, the soul, the fiery will that makes her more than meat, coursing through every cell and binding them together in millions to form her. Who is she, this girl? What is she? She is everything. Her body contains the history of life, remembered in chemicals. Her mind contains the history of the universe, remembered in pain, in joy and sadness, hate and hope and bad habits, every thought of God, past-present-future, remembered, felt, and hoped for all at once.

‘What do we do?’ she pleads…’What do we have left?’

I have no answer for her. But I look into her face, her pale cheeks, her red lips bright with life and tender as an infant’s, and I understand that I love her. And if she is everything, maybe that’s answer enough.

I pull Julie into me and kiss her.” (p.223)

Keep reading, and keep watching those movie adaptations 🙂

-Sara R.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Movie vs. Book

So, I just got the DVD yesterday without seeing it in theaters, considering my theatre wasn’t even playing it D: But, to put it short, I’m really glad I bought it 🙂 I just finished watching it, and I’ll give you my overall critique.

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For those of you who haven’t read the book, let me first tell you how it was formatted. The book is entirely consisted of letters, and you get a feel of that in the movie when Charlie is narrating in the background, starting with the “dear friend.” We never find out who this friend is, but no matter! We get into Charlie’s head a lot, and I’m glad they had that aspect in the movie as well.

Now, considering this is a book to movie adaptation, I actually wasn’t too disappointed with it. It portrayed the overall spirit of the novel as a whole. Of course I’ll get nit picky later, but overall, I must say I really enjoyed it.

Charlie was casted well, although his character traits in the book were different. Again, I’ll go into that in a moment. They hit the most important plot points, and covered the most emotional moments, and for that I’m so, very thankful.

Overall it’s a very inspirational movie. It’s not just another high school movie, there’s emotions there that are much deeper than that. In it you don’t see a story of teenagers, yet a story of someone trying to just live, trying to understand and be loved, and wanting others happy.

So, I’m going to list positive and negatives here, comparing the movie to the book. I’ll mix it up as I go, so I’m not fully slamming it or bowing down to it in one instance 🙂

-The English teacher was casted well. I enjoyed their relationship, although in the book, of course, there was much more there. I’m sad that Charlie never told him about his sister getting abused by her boyfriend, which in turn goes to the parents to know. That plot point was missed, but if they had to take anything out, at least it’s that. I could manage without that, although it really hurt Charlie for his sister to ignore him.

-Overall the mood was right. It wasn’t too sad, and it wasn’t overly happy to a point of Disney. Just right in between. Which reminds me…

-I loved how the scene with Charlie is portrayed when he finally loses control. He calls his sister crying and breaking down, and even before that I could feel his anguish that he tries to repress. It made me cry. A lot. And speaking of crying…

-Charlie’s character is much weaker in the books, and he actually cries a lot at moments that don’t seem necessary. I’m sad this character trait was left out in the movie. In the books we more clearly see that Charlie is a very sensitive person, and hurts a lot more with the little things. Also in the book he’s seeing a therapist, although he never says why, partially because he doesn’t know himself. He always talks about Patrick and Sam to the therapist, while the therapist wants him to talk more about his family or Aunt Helen. Only in the end did he understand why.

-Speaking of, I like (although sad), how the movie portrayed what his Aunt Helen did to him. It was just enough to make the audience understand, but not too much to seriously freak them out. The book did the same, and that aspect I enjoyed. P.S. if you didn’t get what she did, his Aunt Helen molested him. Charlie has obviously shoved this in his subconscious to a darker place.

-However, another point I’m sad about. When Sam and Charlie fully enjoy their kiss near the end of the movie, Sam actually starts to undress in the book. Well, and undress him as well. She starts to pleasure him (being honest here in what happens in the book), and although Charlie admits how good it feels, he actually starts tensing up. And, pretty quickly, he starts to cry a little. It was then that he realized what his mind was trying to repress, what his Aunt did to him, and I’m a bit sad that was left out in the movie. It was a very emotional scene, to say the least.

-Relationship with Mary-Elizabeth was well portrayed. Didn’t last too long, and Charlie was quickly honest about it in both the book and movie. Well done.

-Relationship with Sam, overall, felt right. However, in the beginning of the book, Charlie admits he has a “special” dream about her b/c he felt bad he imagined that without her permission (isn’t he cute?), and Sam laughed before saying, “Don’t like me in that way, okay?” And from then on he felt he wasn’t allowed to like her more than a friend, although he did anyway. It made their kiss that much sweeter, when Sam says that he shouldn’t have listened to her, and just let himself feel. Sad that aspect wasn’t in the film.

-I know not everything can be in the movie, but still…I miss Charlie’s personality. It was actually quite humorous at points! But since it was mainly inner narration Charlie was having, it’s hard to transfer that to the big screen. Still miss his funny comments…

-Patrick and Brad were well portrayed as well. I enjoyed them. But just as a side note, Patrick wasn’t supposed to be so obviously gay. Oh well!

-Charlie and his dad’s relationship didn’t exist in the movie. However, in the book it was quite interesting. I say this because Charlie mentioned one scene with his dad, how he caught him crying in the kitchen once. He told Charlie to keep it a secret, and Charlie always felt a bond from that moment, like it’s okay to let go sometimes.

-SUPER glad they kept a majority of the good quotes in there. And the ending was beautiful, I love when movies inspire me…

Hope you all enjoyed the movie as well, and if you haven’t read the book, then I highly suggest you do. It’s very well written, and it’s such a wonderful story. Charlie is a very relatable character, especially for all of us wallflowers ❤

Keep reading, and keep on watching those book to movie adaptations!

-Sara R.

The Hunger Games characters: movie vs. novel

So, how do the characters compare from novel to movie when it comes to the Hunger Games? Well, I think some were more of a hit than others. Time to explore.

-Katniss Everdeen

Katniss, I think, is the hardest character to bring into reality in a movie. Why? Because we as readers got to dig deep into her mind throughout the whole experience. To cast that character on the big screen would be extremely difficult because the audience not only needs someone to express those feelings and thoughts clearly, but also executing her personality to a T.

That said, I think they casted a great role for Katniss. She’s strong, self kept with emotion, and doesn’t show her weakness in the wrong situations. She did a great job portraying someone who doesn’t do well with other people, and also someone that’s willing to sacrifice themselves for her family. The part when she volunteers? I still get teary eyed from that scene, it was beautiful. And the part with Rue? Amazing.

Katniss gets my approval.

-Peeta Mellark

Oh, the boy with the bread. We can critique all day with the physical stuff, like how he should be a bit taller and naturally blonde and more built, but I’m not going to do that. In the first novel we see Peeta as a free spirit that knows how to work a crowd, which he also uses to manipulate other people. I heard from other people that they didn’t like Peeta in the movie (mainly those that didn’t read the book, ugh), but I have to explain to them that it was created that way. Peeta was supposed to be iffy and questionable, to a point where we wonder if he’s manipulating us. But that’s the beauty of his character, he isn’t pretending with Katniss, and that’s what makes his character so amazing. His love is unconditional, and he’d sacrifice himself for her without question.

So, was he well casted? Personally, in my head I visualized Peeta with a more innocent face, but that’s just looks. As for personality? I think Josh pretty much nailed it. Although I would have enjoyed more loving looks from him toward Katniss, or more fear in his tone when begging her to stay in the cave, but those are minor things I hope will improve next movie. Oh, and the eyes? I wish they were more obviously blue.

The boy with the bread gets my approval.

-Gale Hawthorne

I don’t think I have to talk much for this one. His casting was perfection. Gale is tall, rugged, strong, and his personality is as rough and sturdy as his appearance. We don’t see much of him in the first movie, but I’m excited to see his character grow in the second movie, especially when his relationship with Katniss gets a little different. Personally, I always viewed him as a brother, so to see him say “I love you” to Katniss still gives me the shivers. Although I admit the scene after the whipping was very touching and sweet.

Gale gets my approval by a long shot.

-Haymitch Abernathy

Where do I start with this character? Let me get this out of the way: I was so sad that he didn’t show up on stage at the reaping. The part when he gropes Effie made me laugh so hard, and I’m so sad that wasn’t in there!

Now, I always pictured Haymitch to be balding, have a big belly, and brown hair. The casting basically threw that out of the window. Granted, Woody is a great actor, I’m just not sure if Haymitch was perfectly casted. Well, scratch that, probably well casted, just the script didn’t embody his full character. Where’s all the stumbling? He just wasn’t drunk enough for me.

So, I give half a star for this character. Not Woody’s fault, the movie just didn’t embrace his character as much as they should have. Tsk, tsk.

-Effie Trinket

Oh, Effie. She annoyed me yet amused me in the books. In the movie she was all right, but I wish they captured more of her bubbly personality. Not just a little bubble, more like pop in your face and screaming until you notice her kind of bubble. In the movie she’s kind of there to make some comments, while in the novels she was the planner, to a point of nagging people to let her be heard.

I think her character could’ve been better in depth. Although I loved the part with the mahogony, they needed more scenes like that with her.

Effie, I give her a so-so in the movie.

-Cinna

I’m just going to say it short, sweet, and to the point: horrible job on the movie’s part. Now don’t scream at me, let me explain.

I think Lenny did a great acting job with Cinna, don’t get me wrong on that. His character was just so dully touched on. In the novels, Cinna ends up being a huge support and friend for Katniss, and in the movie he’s just a small shadow that’s sometimes there in a screen shot. Cinna isn’t only her designer in the novel, but her advisor and friend. I don’t think they did very well on touching that. It was brief, very brief. I really hope they give Cinna the recognition he deserves in Catching Fire. He’s one of my favorite characters, and he deserves to shine.

Cinna, sadly, doesn’t get my approval in the movie. Tsk, tsk Hollywood.

-Caesar Flickerman

They did a fabulous job on Caesar, quite frankly probably too good of a job, if that makes any sense. In the novels, Caesar is a funny interviewer, yes, but I felt like in the movie it was more wrapped around his character than the others in the Games. I mean, his character was better portrayed than Effie, at least for me, and that’s no good.

I think they should of concentrated more on building the character of Haymitch and Cinna instead of putting so much focus on him. However, I still give them props for casting Caesar so well.

Caeser? You, individually, get my approval. (still would’ve liked more Haymitch and Cinna, though)

-Rue

Oh, little Rue. I wanted more scenes with Rue! Take more time to build her relationship with Katniss would’ve been nicer. Oh, and when Katniss describes her as a bird about to take off for flight (after Rue points out the tracker jacker nest and crouches down), that would’ve been nice to put in the movie somehow. Her being free like a bird is very imperative in the story, considering Katniss constantly wears one on her pin.

However, I think the casting was great; she is so cute! The part when she dies, wow, the acting was stupendous. When a single tear went down Rue’s face, oh my goodness, I just broke apart.

Rue definitely gets my approval.

-Cato

Oh, mister Cato. What a twisted, powerful, and scary man. Alexander did well with this role, I think. I wish they showed the interview with him though just to send a bigger idea of what a threat he can be. In the books he freaked me out, in the movie he still freaked me out, I just wish they had more scenes with him to send more fear into the audience that this guy means business. Then again I’ve been wanting more scene time for many characters. Hmmm. Three hour movie next time then? I say yes!

Cato, you get my approval. I think I should, I don’t want a fictional character knocking on my door and slicing into my leg.

-Clove

Let me be honest: this girl scared the living daylights out of me in the book. A girl with knives and huge in muscle and determined to kill? Uh, hello? Ah!!

I think the girl who played Clove was great, however, she seemed too tiny for my taste. I guess I just saw her in “The Orphan” and already knew how crazy she could act, so my personal experience with the actress helped put a crazy side to Clove that the movie may not have done itself. Clove wasn’t in the book as much as Cato, so they did well with screen time with Clove. Kudos.

A little too tiny, but other than that, Clove gets my approval.

-Foxface

I wanted more scenes with Foxface. And, sadness, they never even said in the movie that her nickname was Foxface! Very sad they didn’t, the idea of her being like a fox (aka: looking like one and being sneaky like one), kind of dulled her true character. They did show all the scenes she was in the book in the movie, so I guess I shouldn’t complain. Her idea of being a fox should’ve been put in there too though.

Overall, though, Foxface gets my approval.

-Prim Everdeen

You’re probably wondering why she’s so far down this list of importance, and I apologize. Her character is much stronger in the next two novels, but in the first one she’s mainly for background inspiration. There’s not much to say about Prim at this point since her role isn’t strong just yet, but so far I’ve seen her play the part wonderfully. When she started breaking down in tears at the reaping, I instantly fell in love with Prim on screen.

Well done, I approve miss Prim. Who can’t? She’s adorable.

-President Snow

We kind of see President Snow in the first novel, so I can’t rely on much to critique his character in the movie. In the movie they went outside of the Games to show what goes on during it, and I thought that was an interest way to do it; we got to see more of Snow in the movie than we did in the book. Well, with the first one, at least.

I personally never imagined Snow with a beard, and for some reason I always pictured him as some super thin dweeb with a constant sneer on his face. I always pictured him younger for some reason too. I suppose President Snow is fine in the movies, I just can’t picture him playing the role in Mockingjay. I can’t see him laughing as Katniss aims an arrow at him, but hopefully they can prove me wrong.

I can’t judge on much just yet, so I suppose so far President Snow gets my approval. So far.

-Seneca Crane

This one will be short. I’ll simply put: great casting. That beard? Fantastic! By the time the second book roles around and Katniss hangs a dummy with Seneca’s name on it, I forgot who that even was. I’m glad that the movie emphasized his importance in the story so that scene will be even more powerful in the next movie.

He gets my approval.

And that’ll be all, folks! Of course the characters are always more detailed in the books, but in this case, the movie generally did a good job on giving these characters justice. I’m looking forward to Catching Fire to see the characters progress!

Agree or disagree with my feelings toward the characters? Discuss below!

May the odds be ever in your favor.

The Hunger Games: Movie vs. Novel

Okay, so I’m going to make a claim here…movies are never as good as the books. Do most of us agree? If they could actually get every single detail, then we’d be sitting through maybe a five hour movie or something crazy like that! So I may be overexaggerating, but a three hour movie doesn’t hurt. Like *cough cough* Lord of the Rings *cough cough* Although I understand the books were much larger than the Hunger Games, so I’ll have to cut that some slack.

So, in general, I thought the movie was done very well. Of course there are some things that really, really bothered me. So here we go: the top ten things they didn’t quite touch up on!

1. How the mockingjay pin was given.

I guess to most it may not be a big deal, but I really enjoyed how it was given before. The basics: it was given by Madge, not by randomly finding it. Although this character doesn’t show up much, later in the series she gets connected with Haymitch, and that small story in itself is quite the shocker. Also, the pin in the movie changes the symbolism all entirely. In the movie the pin symbolizes safety, but in the books it symbolizes rebellion. I think that’s a major point the movie messed up on.

2. The relationship with Haymitch and Katniss.

So, in the movie this wasn’t really touched very well, whereas in the book their relationship was so much better defined. Over the screen you can’t read into Katniss’ thoughts, and that in itself is saddening. Their relationship is pretty strained, and quite frankly Katniss gets annoyed by him most of the time especially when he calls her “sweetheart.” I just think they didn’t do a good job with that one.

3. Gale and Katniss’ goodbye.

I’ll give them credit, they did the whole goodbye scene very well, so kudos! They just missed one little snippet with Gale that really bugged me. In the novel, right when he’s getting pulled out, Gale says, “Remember-” and then he gets cut off. We never, ever know what in the world he was trying to say to her, and that mystery in itself is still in the air (the book never tells us!!) So I was disappointed that wasn’t in there.

4. Cinna and Katniss’ relationship.

They barely touched on this at all, it seems. Cinna is a vital character in the series, and in the movie it just seemed like he was more in the background. He’s quite a funny and great person, and he barely got touched on. Hopefully they’ll do that next movie.

5. District twelve’s symbol.

Three fingers prominent, hold hand in the air, and that’s the symbol of district twelve. Now don’t get me wrong, they did this scene perfectly, I was just confused that they never explained what it meant to people who haven’t read the books. To them it’s just three fingers, but to us book lovers, it means peace.

6. The tributes in training.

This one isn’t really a big deal, but it would’ve been nicer if they emphasized this idea more. In the books, Peeta and Katniss would always be matching, and quite frankly it made Katniss embarrassed; they even matched on interview day! (Peeta had fire on the cuffs of his jacket). But most prominent was the fact that only Katniss and Peeta matched in the training room, and I think they should’ve kept it that way.

7. The cave scene.

I think many are complaining with this one. I think they could’ve cut out the district revolting and show more of that cave scene! It builds up their relationship a lot, and missing out on key points of it was pretty disappointing to say the least.

8. The mutts.

I thought it was a cool twist that the mutts they sent in near the end had the tributes’ eyes. I remember reading her spotting Rue’s eyes and my heart just sunk. Plus I think they needed to be bigger, they weren’t scary to me. Oh, and Cato was running away from them in the book, and I thought that was cooler b/c we got to sit up in suspense reading about him sprinting toward them and then being shocked when he passes right by them. Awesome.

9. The last interview.

The cutest quote in this book, I think, when Katniss says that she’s glad to have Peeta with her. He responds with, “Now that you have me, what do you want with me?” And sadly *sniffles* they don’t have this. As well as revealing Peeta’s fake leg, which totally got thrown out of the movie. Weird. I guess him having one leg isn’t important?

10. The ending overall.

Soooo many things to list here, get ready. The last part of the Games, Katniss has to drag Peeta to the lake since his leg is so torn up, and there they eat the berries together (which they actually put in their mouths!) They get lifted by a helicopter, where Katniss madly persists to be with Peeta for his surgery, but she’s held back. When they reunite is a wonderful scene, we get to see Katniss truly caring about him; oh, and here they show reruns of the Games with the theme of them two (Peeta saying Katniss’ name in the night? Awww). The interview (as mentioned above), Peeta reveals his amputation. Once returning home, it’s revealed that Katniss was only being passionate toward him in order to survive, and that’s when their relationship starts to dwindle. How could they leave that out?

I’m sure there are others I’m missing, so talk about it below! The movie was very well done though, they casted brilliantly and I’m looking forward to the next one! New director, new ideas. My favorite part I’m looking forward too next movie? Finnick 🙂

May the odds be ever in your favor!