ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

Fans of the Hunger Games books will often find curious little differences between the books and the movies. The latest change in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is a subtle, but interestingly large change in terms of how it will affect Katniss' journey in the final movie.

Let's break it down. SPOILERS for the final two movies, obviously!

Katniss is faced with the choice of becoming the face of the revolution

Heavensbee and Coin hear Katniss' demands
Heavensbee and Coin hear Katniss' demands

After truly realizing the Capitol's cruelty, Katniss chooses to be District 13's Mockingjay - but she has some conditions. From the Mockingjay book:

Buttercup. Hunting. Peeta’s immunity. Announced in public... Gale, I add to the list.

This is the same in the movie.


However, there's one big demand Katniss doesn't make in the movie

Book Katniss demands:

I KILL SNOW. If he’s captured, I want the privilege.

That's a big one, and in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Katniss does not make this demand.


This omission kind of changes Katniss' motivations

At the end of Mockingjay Part 1, Katniss has obtained the other things on her list - so what's motivating her now? Obviously, she is deeply opposed to The Capitol, but a more personal, vengeful, blood-hungry element of her character seems to have been removed... or has it?


Director Francis Lawrence explained this is all deliberate

That has to do with creating the two separate stories between part one and part two, so it was a conscious decision to take that out. But there will definitely be that line at some point in these movies.

That sounds pretty exciting, actually. For me, I accept that the movies and the books are separate things, and changes for a better-paced movie are fine by me - I know other fans might disagree, though!


How do you feel about changes from book to screen for The Hunger Games?

Source: MTV


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