You can’t beat a good a book, you get to know the characters as if they’re your best friends, the settings as if you’ve visited them and particularly with The Hunger Games, you feel in the midst of the rebellion. We love The Hunger Games films but there’s no doubt that the books explore the characters, the story and Panem in far greater detail… Excitingly October 2nd sees the release of graffiti style limited editions of the Hunger Games trilogy and to celebrate the launch of these rebellious limited edition books, we’re looking at the differences between the books and the film.
1. Mockingjay pin
In book one of The Hunger Games trilogy Katniss is given the pin by the Mayor’s daughter Madge, which is a surprise as she thought Madge didn’t like her. In the film Madge doesn’t appear at all and Katniss obtains the pin from an elderly female Hob vendor. She later gives the pin to Prim, promising that nothing bad would come to her while she had it with her. Prim later gives the pin back to her sister while saying goodbye at the Justice Building. We’re welling up already.
In the big finale of The Hunger Games when Katniss, Cato and Peeta are battling it out, they’re overtaken by a pack of gigantic flesh hungry dogs called “Muttations”. In the book, these creatures allegedly have the eyes and hair of each fallen tribute; however this pretty gruesome fact is left out in the films. Probably for the best.
3. Peeta can swim
In the book version of Catching Fire, Peeta cannot swim which is a major problem since the arena is surrounded by water. In the film, however, Peeta is able to make it to shore on his own. Thank goodness for that.
In the first book we’re introduced to the phenomenon of Avoxes. An Avox is a person who has been punished for being a rebel against the Capitol. Avoxes have had their tongues cut out and are used as domestic servants. This theme was not featured in the film and we’re kinda glad – would have had to cover up our eyes during the films and we’d hate to miss a single minute of them.
5. Bonnie, Twill and Darius
These characters from the book do not make an appearance in the Catching Fire movie. In the book, Katniss meets Bonnie and Twill in the woods and they reveal the existence of District 13 and its rebellious ways. Ooo….we are so ready for the next film!
Although there are some differences, we love the book and film versions of The Hunger Games all the same. If, like us, you can’t get enough of Katniss, experience all the action from The Hunger Games with the release of these limited-edition books, available to buy from 2nd October. #ReadMockingjay