I was never really interested in reading books of films I already saw. I was always scared that or the film or the book would be a disappointment. But when my dad bought the first book of The Hunger Games trilogy for himself, yes he’s a fan, I decided to give it a shot. The book is a lot like the film, but with more background of the characters, the districts and the games itself. Some details are better explained like the friendship between Katniss and Gale, the relationship between Katniss and her mother, Katniss’ behavior towards Peeta and the reaping, the moment when the tributes are chosen. In the film it’s not very clear how ‘the Reaping’ works, but the book explains it very well: From the age of twelve a potential tribute’s name will be entered in the reaping one time every year untill they are eighteen. And even more when you apply for extra food and other stuff.
Of course some things are more expanded. There are more interviews, the training days in the Capitol, the Games itself and what happens afterwards. During the training Katniss and Peeta actually learn something, like rope knots and how to make a fire. Where the Games in the film seems to take place a few days, in the book it’s clear it took weeks. I liked Katniss’ quest for food. All those rabbits and squirrels she ate made me hungry! In a film you can’t hear someones thoughts and in the book Katniss has a lot! You get to know her and her motives much better. After Katniss loses her friend Rue from district 11, in the film we see a fight happening in that district but in the book Katniss gets a donation from them. In the book everything we know is from Katniss’ perspective so what happens in other places than the Arena is something she and the reader can not know.
When Katniss and Peeta have won, they return to the Capitol to get cleaned and fixed up before a victory interview. Unlike the film, Peeta is really wounded. This phase is not mentioned in the film. How I remember, they get from the arena to the Capitol for the interview almost immediately. But in the book it takes a few days. Also right before the first interview with Caesar, Haymith tells Katniss the same thing as in the film. The Capitol is not pleased with this victory and she knows she’s in trouble. From now on she has to say the right thing and not just for herself but also for her family, friends and everybody in District 12.
The very end of the book is not something I remember from the film. Peeta is mad at Katniss when he thinks she lied about her feelings for him and feels used. But when they arrive at the station of their district they put on a show for the cameras one last time.
When the film ends, it could have been the real end. But when you finish the book you know it’s not over. The Capitol and President Snow are not pleased with how things have ended, which has consequences for Katniss and Peeta. Katniss also thinks about seeing Cinna her stylist again in a few months during the victory tour.
What I missed while reading was Caesar’s laugh! HAHAHA but that’s really the only thing. It can be nice to read a book after watching the film. You can visualize much better. On to book number two: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”