Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dystopian Fiction

After listening to Dr. Carpenter's lecture and reading Henthorne's chapter, it is clear that The Hunger Games can be seen as a Dystopian fiction. As Dr. Carptener mentioned, a dystopia is an attempt at a utopia that has gone horribly wrong. This definitely explains Panem. Another fun fact about dystopian societies is that they serve the interest of a particular group. When you think about the hunger games, this explains the capitol. They only serve the interest of themselves and the people that live in the capitol. Nobody else matters to them. Dystopian societies value stability about everything else. The capitol also does this in the Hunger Games. The capitol punishes the districts by taking away their food. The capitol also takes away some of the districts rights when they are being punished. 
In Henthorne's reading he talked about how a dystopia and the hunger games are similar. In both, media is used to control people. In The Hunger Games, the games is used to control people. They have to watch kids from their district fight to the death. This dehumanizes the children along with the people from each district. Another interesting thing Henthrone mentioned was that the readers can picture themselves living in Panem through Katniss. Since she narrates the books, it is easy to "become" Katniss when you are reading them. He also says that district thirteen is more of a Utopia then a dystopia. He states that District thirteen is modeled after the attacks on 9/11. These are all interesting similarities that Henthrone and Dr. Carptener mentioned about the Hunger Games and Dystopian fiction. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Entry #4 Favorite Book

My favorite book out from the Hunger Games series was the first one, The Hunger Games. There was never a dull moment in this book. I liked how Collins introduces Katniss and Prim to the reader. Within the first paragraph you know that Prim is Katniss' sister because she wakes up in bed with her. Then Collins explains that Prim slept with Katniss because today is the day of the reaping and she always has nightmares about it. Right off the bat, you know that Katniss is a mother figure in Prim's life. You can also tell that Katniss would do anything for her sister. Then there is the reaping when Katniss volunteers for her sister. This is a very powerful moment in the book when you a have to fall in love with Katniss. Another moment I thought was extremely powerful was when Peeta told Katniss that his dad said district 12 might have a winner this year, but he didn't mean Peeta. This is the first time the reader understands Katniss' ability to win the hunger games. The way Collins introduces Katniss and gradually shows how powerful she is, is one reason I like the first book the best.
Another reason I like the first book is due to Katniss and Peeta's growing relationship. At first, Katniss doesn't know how to treat Peeta. She knows that once the games start, she is going to have to kill. She tries her best to keep her distance. However, Peeta and Haymitch decide the only way for them to gain sponsors is for Katniss and Peeta to act as lovers. Then the reader starts to see their "relationship" develop. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow because they started off as enemies who are about to kill each other, to fake lovers, to actual lovers who would take their own life to save the others. This was another reason I liked the first book the best.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Entry #3: Differences between Catching Fire book and movi

Catching Fire was a great book and a great movie, however there are some major differences between the two. Some of the differences were major while others were subtle. One of the first big differences we notice is that in the movie, President Snow has a granddaughter. We see her and President Snow watching the games together. When Peeta hits the edge of the arena and Katniss jumps to his side, President Snow's daughter says she wants to love somebody as much as Katniss loves Peeta. In the book, Katniss narrates it so we don't get to read about what and who President Snow is with while he is watching the Hunger Games. Another major difference is when the head gamemnaker Heavensbee dances with Katniss at the capitol. They dance together in both the movie and book, but in the book he pulls out a watch with a mockingly on it. This symbolizes his alliance with the rebellion. The movie misses this detail, which makes it harder to predict that Heavensbee would be planning to fight against the capitol. Another important detail that is missing in the movie is Katniss' introduction to Bonnie and Twill. In the book, while Katniss is hunting she runs into two women who are running away from district 8 trying to get to district 13. They said that every time there is a clip of district 13 on tv, it is the same clip. They know this because in the upper right hand corner there is a mockingjay that flies across the top at the end. This makes them believe that the capitol is hiding something in district 13. However, these characters are not mentioned in the movie at all. Katniss doesn't find out about district 13 until the end of the movie. These three major differences in the book and movie change some big theories/ideas that occur in them. 

Friday, February 6, 2015


Blog #2

There are many similarities and differences between the Hunger Games movie and book. Some of the major differences I noticed was Haymitch's introduction into the movie and book. In the movie, the first time we are introduced to Haymitch is after the reaping when Katniss and Peeta are on the train headed to the capitol. However, in the book, Haymitch first appears at the reaping. He shows up late, drunk and he ends up falling off the stage. Another difference I noticed was after the reaping when Katniss gets her mockingjay pin. In the movie, Prim gives Katniss the pin after the reaping. In the book, the mayors daughter gives Katniss the pin. That leads into the next difference, when the tributes are given a few minutes to say goodbye to their loved ones after the reaping. In the movie, Katniss is only allowed to say goodbye to her mom, sister and Gale. In the book, Katniss says goodbye to her mom, sister, Gale, the mayors daughter and Peeta's dad. Some more differences I noticed dealt with the Hunger Games and the arena. In the arena, the game makers create mutations to bring Cato, Katniss and Peeta together. In the movie, the mutations are just giant wolf-like creatures. In the book, they are still wolf-like creatures but they have the eyes of the dead tributes. Katniss notices Rue's eyes in one of the mutations. Another major difference I noticed was at the very end of the book and movie. When the mutations have rounded up Peeta, Katniss and Cato and they are all on the Cornucopia, the movie shows Cato falling off the Cornucopia and getting eaten by the mutations. Katniss then shoots him with an arrow to end his life. In the book, Cato falls off and is dragged into the woods by the mutations. Katniss and Peeta don't hear the canon sound until the next morning.
One major similarity in the movie and book is the phrase "may the odds be forever in your favor." This phrase is used a lot in both. Another important similarity is how Cinna is portrayed. In both the movie and the book, he is "normal looking" meaning he doesn't look like the capitol people. The people who live in the capitol where bright clothing and have different colored hair and crazy makeup. Cinna looks nothing like the capitol people. The only thing he wears is the gold eyeliner. Both the movie and the book do a great job explaining how Katniss and Peeta felt after eating the capitol food on the train. They explain that the food was too rich and they both felt extremely full after stuffing their faces, but they didn't want to stop eating. These are both the similarities and differences in the Hunger Games book and movie.