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The Hunger Games: The Book and The Film Comparison

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THE HUNGER GAMES Introduction The hunger games is a book written by Suzanne Collins, who is an American television writer and a novelist best known for her New York Times bestselling series. The under land Chronicles and the Hunger Games. Suzanne was born on August 10, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut in the United States. She studied at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Indiana University Bloomington and has many awards from her writing career one from her novel The Hunger Games (Collins, 7) The Hunger Games novel was published in Oct 1st, 2008 by Scholastic printers.

The book has 27 chapters and 394 pages. It talks about terrifying times in the future where people are forced to participate in a reality TV show that is taking place known as The Hunger Games. The event is being recorded to be aired so as to benefit the organizers commercially. The book talks about twenty-four boys and girls that are forced to participate in the Hunger Games that are cruel. The rule of the games is you either kill or be killed. The sister of a 16 year old Katniss has been selected to participate in the 74th hunger games in the Capital, the heart of Panem which is a new land that rose from the ruins of a post-apocalyptic North America.

The citizen in this area had rebelled against the rulers and to punish them, they are required to produce representatives from each district to participate in the Hunger Games where they fight to death (Collins, 7) Katniss identifies this as a death sentence for her sister and steps forward to take her place in the hope of saving her younger sister’s life.

She sacrifices her life for that of the sister and relies on her survival skills to make it despite her fear of dying. Around 4.3 million copies of the book were sold retailing from $10 to $19 in 2008. The sales 9.2 million copies in 2010 and tripled in 2012. The book was rated five stars by 5253 people out of 6899 who read it 764 gave it four stars; 319 rated it three stars 230 rated it two stars and 333 rated it 1 star.

The overall rating was 4.5.President snow plays a bigger role in the film than in the book. The president appears in several scenes within the film than in the book discussing the games with Seneca and observes the joyful arrival of Katniss back to the district. The movie also leaves out some minor characters from the book. One of a character is a girl who helped Katniss when she was preparing for the games. She regrets having not saved her after she was labeled a traitor, and her tongue cut off in the book.

This is however not brought out in the movie. Finally, the movie changes some of the scenes such as the murder of the Thresh by Cato after helping Katniss. The movie stages this as from wild dogs brought into the game by the organizers to help eliminate the participants. The book, however, puts Thresh’s murder as the work of Cato to help the author stage down the final show between Katniss and Cato. The movie the Hunger Games film was released in 2012 and was based on the novel.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The movie was directed by Gary Ross and produced by Nina Jacobson. The film has the same storyline as the novel apart from a few changes. The film takes place in Dystopian, which is a post-apocalyptic future in the nation of Panem same as the book. Girls and boys between the age of 12 and 18 participate in Hunger Games by fighting to death. The games are televised and end when only one participant remains. The film was released on March 21, 2012 in France and the US on March 23, 2012 in the IMAX theaters (Collins, 7)The film earned a gross of $67.3 million on the opening day and $152.5 million on the weekend.

It remained in the first place at the North American box office for four consecutive weekends. It had a worldwide gross income of $691 million against its budget of $78 million making it the 3rd highest earning film in the US and 9th worldwide 7,434,058 DVDs of the film were sold making it the best-selling DVD in 2012.

Out of 591,878 votes cast, the movie was rated 7.3/10. The changing of some of the scene is important for the visual form is important so as to captivate the people to watch the film. This helps to get more sales despite it being the same story that the people read in the book. As observed, the visual form of hunger games generated more gross income than the print form. The sales of the book are 4.3 million copies in the first year as compared to those of the DVD, which were 7,434,058 proving that people preferred the visual form of the same. Conclusion Both print and visual versions complement each other.

For example, the visual version of hunger games led to the rise in sales of the print version. Therefore, both mediums should be well utilized to maximize sales and enable reach a large audience. Works Cited Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Print.

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