Hunger Games: Are the Movies Better Than the Books?

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Welcome to Now Conspiring with Jon and Maria! A podcast where we rant about movies, everything and everything.

This week, we talkΒ Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and discuss the HG franchise in general. Are the movies better than the books? Or is it the other way around? Even if you’re not in the mood to podcast it up with us, let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Plus, stick around for the end of the show to hear our thoughts on what’s slated for release next week (and which films we think might be worth watching). Enjoy.

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18 Replies to “Hunger Games: Are the Movies Better Than the Books?”

  1. The movies are WAYYYYY better. Mostly because they go beyond katniss’ moody angst.

  2. Love the show guys! I’m with you on Hunger Games Maria, that movies so blah…

  3. I haven’t seen Mockingjay Part 1, so I’m going to hold off on listening to that just yet. But so far I think the movies are better. Like most people are saying (here and elsewhere), it’s not just following Katniss in the movies. We leave the arena and see how the Game is run, the behind the scenes. There are a couple things the first movie does that I didn’t like, such as leave out the mayor and his family, meaning his daughter wasn’t a friend of Katniss and didn’t give her the pin, so when District 12 is destroyed it’s not as emotional because everyone who was there that you know about is safe. But other than that, the I love the movies more than the books.

    • They didn’t really spoil anything in the podcast, unless you just want to walk into the movie blind.

      • I don’t even like knowing if people like it or not before seeing something because I want to be as uninfluenced as possible. lol

        • Yeah I totally get that. I was the same way with Harry Potter because fans like to overhype or under hype.

          • lol Exactly. This summer I finally watched Doctor Who, and I’d get annoyed at friends for saying things like, “Wait till you get to this episode!”. For all I know that could be a filler episode, but if you tell me to look forward to it, I’m going to assume it’s series-changing when it’s likely not.

  4. Why is the show called Now Conspiring? Because of this website or is there some sort of secret meaning?

    • It’s the name of the blog πŸ™‚

      “Now Conspiring” is a semi-play off of the phrase “Now Hiring.” The double meaning comes from how I like to “hire” fellow conspirers to discuss movies and rant with me about theories on this site. Basically, I’m not very creative.

      We decided to name the podcast off of the blog since most of our listeners read articles here as well. So it’s really just being consistent.

      Glad you enjoyed the show!

  5. Usually I would say the books but I’ve been very impressed with the way the HG franchise has been portrayed in the films πŸ™‚

    • Agreed! Hunger Games is such a weird exception to the rule.

      • Cheers Tim, I think it goes to the credit of the filmmakers, that they’ve been able to be true to the spirit of the original text, but take the film to amazing levels.

  6. I just wanted to point out that the imitation game is based on the life of an actual person. Alan Turing.

  7. I read Hunger Games books and hated it…so cheesy and Katniss was so stupid in these books.

    Books = too more love triangle, Katniss thoughts (who cares ?), too much carachters, bad written…

    Movies = we see political situations, Katniss is a bad ass, perfect cast, great plots and add, great direction and the music is awesome…so the movies are a lot better than the books

  8. Call me a bookworm, but the books were infinitely better. The movies felt stripped down of the complexity which the book had. In writing you got the idea of delicate political structures and sinister undertones, but onscreen its like it has been reduced to a post a apocalyptic twilight. Katniss seemed cold and blank in the films but in the books she was a bubbling pot of emotional turmoil which could blow at any second. In the book, peeta was subtle and kind, always nice to people. In the film he was a borderline stalker, who at times felt like he just wanted to get into katniss’ bed and was reminiscent of Edward from the twilight saga. Hunger Games: Mockingjay was one of my fave books of all time. The movies were, in my opinion, OK.

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