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A Trip to the Cinema with Reading Group

In partnership with the girls’ school, our upper school reading group has recently read the Hunger Games and with the release of the film version we thought it would be an ideal opportunity for a trip to the cinema. 

The story is based in North America, which as a result of drought, fire, famine, and war is replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts.  Two children, a boy and a girl are chosen each year to take part in the Hunger Games; a fight to the death. The last child standing is crowned the winner.

Having already read the book and been thoroughly gripped we doubted whether the film could match up, however I think we were all pleasantly surprised.  The film didn’t build up to the games as much as the book did, which was a little disappointing as this didn’t give time for the characters to grow, however there is no doubt that Jennifer Lawrence pulled off the character of Katniss Everdeen brilliantly.  When Peeta announced his long standing crush for Katniss on live television the cinema audience broke in to whooping and hollering, which is something I have never seen before! The film certainly brought out as many emotions as the book did, making me laugh, cry and to the amusement of the boys, almost jump in to the seat in front with the appearance of the savage dog.  The end of the film was equally as disappointing as the beginning; in fact it was almost as if the film makers assumed that all viewers had read the book. 

We would definitely recommend this film, however the book is definitely the winner in this book v film war.

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