Things that need to be in Catching Fire

I know we still got a whole year to wait but I figured, why no start now. In case you haven't read the books and don't want to be spoiled, turn back now.

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By Nick Salinski - 11/28/2012
So, I see you clicked on this article. Very well then but there are some major spoilers, don't say I didn't warn you. The Hunger Games was a good movie, that's it. It was a poor adaptation. It focused more on the games and behind the scenes rather than on the characters. They acknowledge her dad's death but it wasn't told in a clear way. We got more development for Seneca Crane (a character you pretty much never see in the book) than we did for Katniss, Gale, Peeta nor Haymitch (although, can't say much was needed for the first movie). The friendship with Gale was development VERY much NEEDED in the first movie so it can have an effect for the rest of the stories. The relationship between Katniss and Peeta was also needed to show a very confused Katniss. She just kisses him, no explination why. Not to mention the lack of explination of "The boy with the bread" is something that helped with the lack of impact of being shocked for the audience and Peeta with a nitpick or two here and there like Peeta's dad showing up and saying goodbye to Katniss. She wasn't a developed character and we never understand why she gets irritated or mad easily. Therefore, these moments and things are NEEDED if Catching Fire (my favorite of the books) is going to be a good if not great adaptation of the book as well as help make up for lost development.

"Every revolution begins with a spark"

Igniting an uprise



Katniss has money and both her and Peeta's families are living in a larger home now that they are victors of The Hunger Games. But, she gets bored with her life and the victory tour begins soon. President Snow pays a visit to Katniss to inform her that her attempt at suicide with Peeta has started an uprise in the distrcits. He explains that when she goes on tour with Peeta that she has to say that she made the decision out of temporary lovesickness and that if she doesn't, he will personally make sure she suffers.

An old man's whistle



On the victory tour, their first stop was District 11. The same district that Rue and Thresh came from. During the victory speech Katniss explains how much of a valued ally Rue was to her and that she wouldn't be here hadn't Thresh saved her life. This is followed by a man whistling the tune that she whistled during The Hunger Games and the rest of District 11 do the traditional District 12 salute that Katniss had made during the games. When her and Peeta go to leave the stage, she turns around cause she forgot to say something but is stopped by a Peacekeeper (the police more less and guards for the Capitol) as another one kills the old man that whistled, thus causing an outbreak. This is followed by an explination by Katniss to Peeta (which she told to Haymitch before hand). She explains the threat of President Snow, potential uprisings and everyone is in jeopardy is something doesn't change soon. This results in Peeta yelling at them for keeping secrets and that it's going to have to stop.

Fake proposal



Back at the Capitol they get interviewed by Ceasar which leads to Peeta proposing to Katniss, whom says yes. This is of course to show how "madly in love" that the two are. She makes a gesture to President Snow asking if it was enough and he said no. This results in Katniss' life being in constant danger now.

Whipping



This is my favorite part of the books because it's such an emotional and powerful one. Katniss returns home in District 12 to hear in the Mayors home that there is an uprising in District 8. Katniss arranges a secret meeting with Gale but things don't go quite as planned. Gale confesses his love for Katniss but she in return explains that she doesn't have those feelings for him. He gets angry and disappointed before he leaves he admits that there is an uprising in District 8 and that they could be possibly having a rebellion in District 12. Those of you who have read the books and don't know, Katniss is torn between Gale and Peeta cause she loves them both in different ways and is confused whether she actually loves Peeta the way she loves him (which is also the way Gale loves her). She goes to Peeta and asks him to run away with her, he says but while they're discussing it, something is causing everyone in District 12 to go to a specific location. Gale is getting whipped for illegally hunting turkey. He is whipped by the old Head Peacekeeper, Cray. Gale is caught in the act by the new Head Peacekeeper, Romulus Thread and gets 40 lashes. This is a grudge that he keeps for a long time and it is part of the reason why he hates The Capitol so much. Katniss sees this and runs in the way and demands for him to stop but that's when he explains to her why he is getting whipped and because she refuses to move, he continues on and catches her in the face with it which causes Haymitch and Peeta to come to her aid. Distrcit 12 convince Thread to stop whipping Gale and some people in District 12 including Haymitch and Peeta help Katniss take Gale home and be treated by her mom. If I remember correctly, he is unconcious most of the time they spent giving him medicine, even after because he has lost so much blood.

District 13



She decides to go out hunting and sees two "peacekeepers" there but before she shoots them, one of them holds up a cracker with a Mockingjay on it. Their names are Bonnie and Twill and they tell her that they're from District 8 going to District 13 (a district that was thought to have been blown to oblivion after the first rebellion) because when they saw the footage of District 13 they see the same bird in the same place cause the Capitol reuses old footage. Katniss gives them her food so they don't starve and it makes her wonder what it currently looks like.

Training



During the third Quarter Quell, it is revealed that winners of the past Hunger Games from each district (one boy, one girl) will participate. Katniss is forced to go cause she is the only female winner and Peeta volunteers for Haymitch. In the training center, Katniss and Peeta try to gain allies. She befriends Wiress and Beetee, Wiress (I think I'm talking about the right character of the two, bare with me please) explains to Katniss that there is a force field between the gamemakers and the tributes and also shows her how you can see it. I'm sure you all can figure out why there is a force field even there (knowing about the force field is very important in the book, plus I'm sure you all can figure out why there is one at the training center). At the individual performances Peeta makes a painting of Rue with flowers which can't be washed, so they have to cover it up and Katniss ties a dummy with a noose and writes the name "Seneca Crane" on it. In the book, it was said that Seneca Crane was hung but in the first movie, he was forced to commit suicide. Both Peeta and Katniss get perfect 12's which puts large targets on their backs.

Rebellion is starting



Gotta love Stanley Tucci. Anyways, during the interviews the participants (in summary) if President Snow is all great and powerful, why doesn't he stop the games. Second to last, Katniss goes up (Cinna made a heavier dress than last time) and when she twirls it becomes a completely different dress complete with sleeves. When she looks up at the screens, she sees that Cinna has become a Mockingjay. Eventually, all the tributes join hands before the capitol quickly turns off the cameras. Also, when Peeta is interviewed he apologizes for people not being able to see the wedding and "reveals" that Katniss is pregnant.

MockingJay



These are the last things. I'll keep the mystery of the games there for ya but, Plutarch Heavensbee (portrayed in the film by Phillip Seymour Hoffman) dances at the party of Katniss' celebration of her engagement and shows her his Mockingjay pin (this is of importance). Also one of the absolute things like everything else on here but possibly the second most important is that it is revealed by Gale to Katniss after the games is that there is no district 12.

These things are absolute must. Not just for the single story for the adaptation but also leading into the third and fourth movies (no more district 12 is leading into them obviously). I want to be excited but I am scared to cause I am afraid they will only get worse. But, I pray I am wrong. If you read this entire thing, please comment below with your thoughts on the first movie, upcoming movie and if you have read the books, mention anything that I have forgotten that doesn't include the actual games themsevles. Thank you and please be respectful.
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Moriarty117 - 11/28/2012, 3:08 PM
Yup...that is the story of Catching Fire alright. Way to go...I guess.

Personally, I thought Hunger Games was a very faithful adaptation with tons of character development for Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch. The fact that it expanded what was occurring behind the scenes made the story richer and helped people who hadn't read the books understand what was going on. I haven't really heard of any fan of the book who thinks it was a poor adaptation besides your flimsy critique.

My only suggestion for Catching Fire: less handicam (Ross did a good job, but it was a little much). Other than that, I'm good.

I think people should be less picky about movies and just have a good time.
marvel72 - 11/28/2012, 3:47 PM
i didn't really like the hunger games movie,it was alright but i don't think i'm that bothered when & if i see the sequel.

EdgyOutsider - 11/28/2012, 3:54 PM
Moriarty117: The Haymitch critique I will admit was stupid. But, Kantiss, Peeta and Gale didn't develop at all. We don't understand why she is the way she is. They never developed her relationships with Peeta and Gale, therefore making something like Gale's whipping in Catching Fire less emotional and impactful. We see but never fully understand "The boy with the bread" part of the story. Those are my biggest complaints. To say my critique is flimsy is ridiculous.
blackster - 11/28/2012, 10:33 PM
twilight and hunger games....

wtf is wrong with today's teenagers? why are we seeing BORING films become the 'in-thing'. in my lifetime i've seen teenagers get into over-the-top, into cheesy, into substance-lacking drivel, into campy, but never have i seen a generation of young people trying their hardest to make boring shit big hits.

why?!??? it doesn't make any [frick]ing sense.
EdgyOutsider - 11/29/2012, 6:29 AM
@blackster: I'm not so much a fan of the movies as I am of the books. Most teenagers get into things like Twilight cause it's what's "cool" and teenage girls are like any other female and is a sucker for romance. I like The Hunger Games trilogy because they're good books with good stories. In literature and in cinema, I prefer the Harry Potter series. They draw you in both emotionally and visually. Unfortunately, alot of teenagers don't see this and are caught up in today's hype. Hell, I know teenagers who never heard of Gladiator. Today's teenagers are mostly filled with morons who don't know a good movie when they see it. As a 16 year old myself, I can name my 5 favorite movies and they're VERY good. Jurassic Park, Gladiator, Zodiac, Warrior and Lincoln. Well, actually I think Lincoln is phenomenal but that's just me.

As I said before, I am a fan of the books, not the movies as far as The Hunger Games goes. The movie lacked chemistry, heart, development and emotion. Unlike most teenagers (well, unlike most I know anyways) I know a good movie when I see it. I have a guilty pleasure that is truly a bad movie (Dude, Where's my car?)but that's it. In my eyes, alot of people these days don't know what a good movie is.

Sorry for the rant lol I just had to get it out. If it came off snobby, I truly wasn't being a snob.
Monimoo6 - 12/4/2012, 5:36 PM
I agree with you one hundred percent! I absolutely love the books (I've read them all like 8 times!) but the movie was a bit of a let down. I was so excited when the movie was coming out but when I saw it I expected more. I don't know... It was an okay movie in a way :/ but not a good adaptation of the movie. You didn't really understand everything as easily watching the movie
whilst watching the movie i kept pointing out things that werent meant to be or were meant to be there :) I also thought Jennifer Lawrence was a bit old (my oppinion) well since I'm only 13 I kinda imagined her like my age, even though I knew she was 16. I just imaged her alot smaller because she always talked about how small she was and how everyone where she lived was SO underfed and children would drop dead because of starvation and it sort of made the fear of children going to kill each other better (if that makes sense...?)

I feel bad because I know they tried hard making the movie but I was just a bit disappointed. Everyone talks about how they loved the movie and everything but I think it's making them forget about the message Suzanne wanted from the book. Sorry for my talking I just enjoy talking about the hunger games (I know I have no life -_-) hahah :D
-Monique

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