Book to Big Screen – Catching Fire

Book to Big Screen – Catching Fire

By Anisa A. Claire

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again… I’m surprised that Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is marketed as a young adult read.

There are a lot of horrific things that go in this series and children being forced to murder each other, in a brutal act of survival, is only the tip of the iceberg.  

In my opinion, the transition from book to big screen is very well done.  From casting to computer graphics, they nailed it.There are a few changes from the original novels, but there almost needs to when converting to any book into a movie.  Our visual reactions and understandings are limited in comparison to what we can comprehend with writing.

The interesting thing about watching this, for me anyway, was that I was completely on the edge of my seat the entire time.  Even though I’d already read the books and knew what was coming, I was still sweating it out with the rest of the people who hadn’t read the series and didn’t know what was coming.  I think that’s the mark of a good director.

If I had to complain about one thing, it would be the ending.  I felt that they rushed through the emotions, to a certain extent, and skipped through the heartache you experience in the books.  It seems they went straight into the ‘Game On’ face, as some others are calling it.  For me, the ending of the book, and the emotion it laid out, was important to the overall story.

What’s your opinion? Do you think the transition from book to big screen was good… or bad?   Share your comments below! We’d love to hear them.

1 Comment for “Book to Big Screen – Catching Fire”

Tim Hillebrant


Catching fire was a good book, and for the most part the movie was enjoyable too. What I had a hard time with were certain parts of the movie, particularly in the middle, where it really felt to me like it was dragging. It did have it’s moments, and it’s a movie I’ll own.
I thought the transition was handled better with these books than was done with the Twilight films. I felt both the script writer, director, and producers did a very good job making sure they stayed as true to the book as possible.

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