This post is late. I mean, Catching Fire has been out a whole WEEK and we have been silent on the matter. (Unless you follow me on Pinterest and then you would have seen the onslaught of fandom pins. Most were like ohmygoshohmygosh!!!! I’m eloquent.)
Better late then never, though right?
So I want to review the love-triangle and how there isn’t one.
I liked The Hunger Games books before they were cool. I also liked them before I liked romances. (Shh, I didn’t just admit that.) I didn’t actually consider them a romance. My excitement centred around the plot! Katniss! Her shooting skills! How she had to go into the arena twice! (gasp!) The food! And how she became the Mockingjay!
It wasn’t until I while later that I realised it was one of the most famous love-triangles in YA literature. Okay! Okay! I’m a little slow sometimes.
But you know what? I don’t buy that.
For starters, there’s no such thing as a “love-triangle”.
A “triangle” would imply that Peeta loved Gale too. I think he hated him. Just a hunch. It’s more like a love-collision, or something.
Yes, Katniss must pick between Peeta and Gale. That comes out more in Mockingjay (book #3 in the trilogy). So yes, she has a decision to make and it impacts her life. But, in my opinion (since she doesn’t pick until the very end of the series) it doesn’t impact the plot.
The need to pick is a big deal, but the actual choice isn’t.
Except, of course, for all the screaming fangirls who can’t stand the suspense. Peeta/Gale? Gale/Peeta? Oh. the. feels.
Peeta and Gale sum it up quite easily in Mockingjay.
“I wonder how she’ll make up her mind.”“Oh, that I do know.” I can just catch Gale’s last words through the layer of fur. “Katniss will pick whoever she thinks she can’t survive without.”
Ouch. That hurt.
So did the movie expand on the “love-triangle”?
No, it did not. If anything, it gave Gale 5-minutes more screen time then the first movie, and still made him out to be a handsome but pointless hunk back in District 12.
The film was balanced (oh yesssss). It kept the heart of the books instead of delving into a love story that isn’t the point. And things burnt down! I mean, how awesome can it be?!
The movie zeroed in on a lot of things. Each of them was more perfect then the last.
– Snow’s granddaughter wearing a Katniss braid.
– A little girl in one of the districts presenting Katniss a wreath and whispering, “I want to volunteer like you when I’m old enough.”
– Peeta saying, “It’s not real, Katniss”. (Yup. Died then.)
– Finnick offering Katniss a sugar cube.
– Katniss’ mother’s shaking hands.
– Prim taking care of Gale after he was whipped.
– JOHANNA MASON!!!!!
– Kaniss’ reaction to Johanna Mason.
– Snow bleeding into his champagne glass.
– WHITE ROSES.
– District 11 saluting.
– Every. single. costume Effie Trinket wore. (And all her awesome lines.)
– Katniss and Peeta. Their relationship. Their dialogue. Their facial expressions….yup. All of it.
What was the thing I loved the best?
The emotion. There could not have been a more perfect cast. Every scene burned with emotion! (Ha, burned…um, pardon me.) It was amazing. There wasn’t a lot of dialogue in the books, and same with the movie. So each facial expression had to carry everything. And they did, by gum, they did it.
Without hesitation, I’ll say this is THE BEST book-to-movie adaptation that I have ever seen. It’s so awesome! I wouldn’t have asked for a single thing to be different.