by Samantha V '18

Catching Fire: Book VS. Movie

The Catching Fire book came out on September 1, 2009. The book starts out with Katniss and Peeta’s new lives in the Victor’s Village a year after they won their Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta no longer have to worry about death lurking at their sides. Or at least that is what they believe. The second book of the series describes the 75th year of the annual Hunger Games, meaning it was time for the 3rd  Quarter Quell. Since the Quarter Quell only came every 25 years, President Snow and the new head gamemaker, Plutarch Heavensbee had a lot planned. The participants of this year’s Hunger Games would be past victors of the Hunger Games. One boy and one girl would be chosen from each of the twelve districts.

After being haunted by the memories of the previous Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta couldn’t believe that it was happening again. Not only that, but Katniss was being threatened by President Snow. Her little act of rebellion in her last Hunger Games started to cause an uprising in many of the districts. Katniss was ordered to make the uprisings stop by showing that she, too, needed to follow the Capitol’s rules.

On Reaping Day, Katniss and Haymitch were chosen, but Peeta volunteered to take Haymitch’s place. Since Haymitch was unable to do anything about it, he just promised Katniss he would help her keep Peeta alive. They spent the next few weeks preparing and forming alliances with other competitors of the Quarter Quell. Soon, Katniss and Peeta  say goodbye to their friends and family to once again be in the Hunger Games.

The Quarter Quell began like any other Hunger Games: with bloodshed. Katniss and Peeta did whatever they could to stay alive. The Quarter Quell was nothing like any of the previous Hunger Games. There was blood rain, acidic smoke, and many more things that tried to eliminate the competitors, but it continued on like any other Hunger Games. That is, until President Snow’s plans blew up in his face…

In my opinion, the Catching Fire movie was amazing! Even if you read the book, the movie keeps you on the edge of your seat. The movie did a wonderful job of portraying all of the events in the book and it left out very few details. Based on the reaction of the audience in the theater, I think the movie was enjoyable for most. The Catching Fire movie actually seemed a bit better than the Hunger Games movie due to the fact that there were more details and action, and a bigger budget. This movie deserves a real thumbs up (you could even give it two).  I wouldn’t say the book was better than the movie or the movie was better than the book because they were both really great. I would highly recommend that anyone and everyone read the book and immediately watch the movie right after because the movie and the book were basically the same.

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