Book & Movie Comparison: Mockingjay
|September 16, 2015||Posted by admin under Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller|
NOTE: The Mockingjay is the last installment of “The Hunger Games” trilogy. The book was published in 2010; the movie was released in 2014. It follows the story of a teenage girl named Katniss Everdeen.
There are many forms of art currently being used as forms of expression. Two of the most popular forms are, of course, literature and film. While these two forms of art frequently overlap, as many films are inspired by literature, it is very important to remember that they will always be different. Two different forms of art do not express things in the same way, therefore it is vital to know that a film representation of a book will never be a true replica of the book itself.
Since the first Hunger Games book came out, the series have been a popular success, as have been the movies that followed. I enjoyed very much both reading Mockingjay and watching the film, but for two very different ways. The book filled me with emotions such as pride, anger and triumph. During the movie, however, I experienced sorrow and fear. This film did a fantastic job by focusing on what had been so easy to skip over while reading. We know that Katniss is haunted by the hunger games; we read that she frequently wakes up screaming. We read about the devastation in District Twelve, but we don’t really experience it. As we watch the film we are hit full force by the toll the games have taken on Katniss’s mental sanity. We see the brave girl who fights for the greater good unhinged, skinny and pale and sick looking; and we finally are able to grasp an understanding on all that she’s went through. I found that the film did a wonderful job on making someone who played the part of the hero look totally and completely human. As with every film representation of a book, things have to be left out, not everything can fit, but this film did a good job at deciding what was important to the plot and as a whole I think any lover of this series would enjoy this manifestation of the book.
To learn more about Mockingjay, visit the author’s website here.