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The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

COMPARISON : Starting this off was a bit of a gamble in my head. I mean, it’s a commercially raved about book and having read many commercially raved about books, ahem twilight and fifty shades of crap, I didn’t really feel like picking this up. But of course, I had to, because I love dystopian novels and films. And I wanted to watch the movie anyway, so the book was a must. Anyway, let me stop with the justifying and get on with the review.

The Hunger Games, book one, was pretty great. Irrespective of the fact that it was in first person and that it only showed one perspective, it was great. Now I watched the movie first so I can’t vouch for the picture painting of the author. I mainly imagined what I remembered seeing in the film but if you read it first let me know what you think.

Differences :

I liked the Katniss of the book better than the Katniss of the movie. She just seemed more real to me. Now this is not because I’m not a fan of the actress, this is in fact the only movie I’ve seen her in. But the Katniss of the book felt more vulnerable and scared and real. The one in the movie just seemed flat faced and emotionless.

The movie made a lovely choice by showing Gale’s reactions and the reactions of the people in District 11. If the book had these perspectives it might have been richer but I’m not sure how the author would have showed it. I guess they were each better in their own way.

Book Peeta is better as well.

Movie Gale is better. And no, not because he is good looking, it’s because we can see his POV. In the book we can’t.

The other characters were almost similar. Of course the Careers were equally bad both places.

Did I like the book better? Most definitely. I loved the book and disliked the movie. I’ll definitely read the others. Movie….maybe if I love the book.