Mad Cat Reviews: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire

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I promised, and now I deliver. It’s time to review the second part of the incredibly awesome trilogy staring the incredibly awesome Jennifer Lawrence.

Again, SPOILER ALERT, for anyone who hasn’t read the books or seen the movie. Although judging by the reactions at the end of the movie, it may be a good idea…It’s sort of like the Red Wedding, only Hunger Games style. So watch out, nonexistent readers.

Okay, so I went to go see Catching Fire with my friends, who I mentioned in the post Third Person. Here’s the link: https://catmadigan.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/third-person-delirium/

So without further ado, let’s get started!

Personally, I really enjoyed the movie, I had read the books, and as I usually do when I read books, (or at least good books which are going to become movies) I was really looking forward to seeing the book in visual format. I find that with a lot of adaptations, the movie never lives up to the expectations of those who have read the book, because they have to change a lot of stuff. I mean, think about everything they have to do; hire actors, create special effects, create the sets, it costs a lot to do that stuff. And they have to figure out how to organise the story so that people do not get bored. So it’s up to them to sort out what is vital to the story and what doesn’t need to be there.

I was really happy with how Catching Fire was done, and it was a whole lot better than the Hunger Games, probably because they had a better budget this time as well as a new director, and they were able to do more stuff. I found in the last movie that the filming in a couple of scenes was a bit lazy. Like, some parts of it looked like that a student filmed it. But there was none of that in Catching Fire, so that made me very happy. :) Thankyou Lionsgate. <3

What I liked about the movie, and the previous one as well, was the extra stuff. From the book, you only get to see the point of view of Katniss, you don’t see what’s happening in the Capitol, or the behind the scenes of the actual Games. But in the movies, we get an insight of the world outside the Arena, we get to see the riots, and how Katniss’s actions in the arena affects the real world outside. Even the scenes involving the gamemakers as they manipulate the arena are good, as it almost reminds us that the Capitol are the ones causing kids to die, and as a result, we hate them even more.

I noticed two differences from the book and the film. The first I didn’t really care about, because I didn’t think it was necessary. In the book, Katniss runs into two people from District 8 who are running from the Capitol, and they’re headed for District 13, which everyone thinks is destroyed. Instead of this, there’s just mentions of how District 13 got decimated by the Capitol, and how war is building up again. In the end of the film though, (spoilers), it’s revealed that District 13 still exists, and that’s where they’re going…

In a way, I’m glad they didn’t include Bonnie and Twill, because it would’ve taken attention away from the more important parts of the story, and it was better that people just bring up District 13 here and there, so we didn’t entirely forget about it.

The other difference was one that I did mind. In Catching Fire the book, it shows us how Haymitch, the drunken mentor who’s a total badass, won his respective Hunger Games, which also involved him defying the Capitol in his own way. And I feel like they should’ve at least mentioned it in the movie, as Haymitch was reaped in a Quarter Quell, as were Katniss and Peeta in Catching Fire. It was a shame that they left it out, because I really wanted to see how Haymitch became the way he was! I mean, of course I know what happened, but I wanted to SEE it!

I guess that I feel like it would’ve given us more insight to his character.

Plus I wanted to see Haymitch as a hot seventeen year old teenager.  

Fortunately, there’s going to be two more movies, so hopefully we’ll see Haymitch’s story in there.

Other awesome stuff in the movie:

-The costume porn. The costumes were awesome. My favourite? Well, what’s everyone else’s favourite? The mockingjay dress! An exquisite combination of beautiful and badass.

-Johanna and Finnick. I was sitting next to Flash in the theatre, and I started cracking up at his expression when Johanna started stripping down in the elevator. Also, Finnick managed to turn on every girl in the theatre, simply by biting a sugar cube. Give those two a cookie.

-Jennifer Lawrence. She was awesome at playing Katniss Everdeen, I wanted to cry when she cried, I felt angry when she was angry, and she won everyone’s love through the Hunger Games Trilogy. I’m really looking forward to seeing her in new stuff.

Oh, and there was one thing I forgot to bring up. Thank god I remembered before I pressed Publish.

The ending.

The ending resulted in half the theatre screaming “What?”, “The hell?” and “NOOOO!”

And I don’t really understand why. I mean, I knew it was shocking, but I didn’t expect a reaction that huge from the audience. Smith and I, the only ones who read the book, had to console our ‘family’ and friends, who were screaming “Whyyyyyyy?” as we left the theatre.

So those are my thoughts about Catching Fire, what did you guys think? And why was there such a huge reaction at the ending? Leave thoughts below, I really want to read what you non-existent readers think.

Cat Madigan

 

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Atlys and Sylverlace

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SPOILER ALERT, FUTURE PLOTLINE AHEAD.

“No.”

“But the Weekly Challenge-”

“I know what it said.”

“It said, pick one of the characters that inhabit your brain.”

“That does not mean you specifically Daniel!”

“But-”

“Fuck off.”

“Fine…”

Here’s the Weekly Challenge, if any of you would care to have a shot at it: Weekly Writing Challenge: Characters That Haunt You

Yes, you can see why I laughed when I saw this challenge. How many characters do I have in my brain? Millions most likely. Lots and lots of people just waiting to get out. Daniel’s already left his cage.

However, I don’t want to talk Delirium or its Delusions today. I’d rather talk about a character in my story. Actually, I’ll talk about two characters.

The first is already an adult. I’m going to make her nearing her 30s. Her name is Mhyrandah Atlys, and she is on a quest to win her throne from her incompetent cousin. The Atlyses are an old family, centuries old, and they’re a very proud family, which is understandable, for they are the monarchs of the kingdom. But they are also a very wise family, they recorded the stories of old, events from the past, along with ideas about religion, science, even technology. The Atlyses are what brought civilisation back on track, after an event known as The Blast came about, killing about ninety percent of the population of the Earth. A lot of the knowledge of the Earth was destroyed, but the Atlyses managed to help humanity recover, with them as leaders.

As an Atlys, Mhyrandah knows many things about the history of humanity, including The Blast. She even has dreams of humanity in the past. She’s very weary about religion, seeing it as something which suffocates you and tries to control you, and her cousin Alexiyos uses religion and the belief that women cannot rule as his justification for claiming the throne. It’s her knowledge of the past that drives her, she knows that women can rule, and that she is a more worthy ruler than Alexiyos. She’s quite witty, and a quick thinker.

But despite her intelligence, Mhyrandah doesn’t understand people very well. She’s very used to having things her way, and compromising with people she’s not close to is difficult for her. She leaves negotiating to her companion, Isybelle, who is a skilled politician in her own right. She clashes with people easily without Isybelle to intercept. As well as being unable to compromise, Mhyrandah dislikes it when people make her look like a fool. She intensely hates criticism and she hates anyone who thinks wrong of her.

Which brings us to Character Two.

Mhyrandah marries in the story, and she has two stepchildren. Of a sorts. They’re illegitimate children, but she chooses to have one legitimised, just in case she doesn’t provide the kingdom with an heir.

That child is not the one I’m going to talk about.

It’s his sister.

Kassya Sylver, also known by her “bastard name”, Sylverlace, is the illegitimate daughter of Jharron Huntyr. She’s the opposite of Mhyrandah, she doesn’t mind religion, though that is probably because her religion and that of Mhyrandah’s people are completely different, and she is willing to negotiate with people. Unless, she doesn’t like them. And Mhyrandah’s stubbornness and self absorbed nature rubs Kassya the wrong way.

She understands people a lot better than Mhyrandah does, and when Mhyrandah becomes Queen, Kassya begins to study the politics of the court, and she begins to earn a name for herself. With help from her father, she is soon allowed to learn from the Atlys Files, paying particular attention to philosophy. Her new education and natural curiosity leads her to question the logic behind Mhyrandah’s policies, which of course, leads her to butt heads with Mhyrandah.

Kassya has flaws too though. She has a strong reckless streak, and though a lot of it is motivated by self preservation, she has moments where she acts out of carelessness and mischievous. It’s particularly noticeable at the beginning of the story, though it becomes more concealed later. This is what brings Mhyrandah to initially dislike her, though she puts up with her, until Kassya begins to disagree with Mhyrandah’s actions and she goes full blown evil-stepmother on her. She has her own type of stubbornness, like Mhyrandah, though the difference is that Mhyrandah is adamant about having her way, while Kassya has strict ideas about what is right or wrong.

I find that these two characters are very similar, despite their interactions with eachother. Mhyrandah and Kassya are both eager to learn, and are strong people, who refuse to back down from a challenge. They also want recognition for themselves, though in different ways; Mhyrandah wants to be Queen and Kassya wants to be legitimised, not so she can inherit the throne, but so she is acknowledged as her father’s daughter. They’re also strong speakers, though Mhyrandah can deal better with planned speeches and Kassya is able to hold herself in an argument.

The main differences, I think, between the two is that Kassya is far more resilient than Mhyrandah, and Mhyrandah has far more power than Kassya. Which leads to Kassya irritating Mhyrandah, Mhyrandah ‘punishing’ Kassya, Kassya criticising Mhyrandah and Mhyrandah getting angry and ‘punishing’ her again.

And the cycle continues.

The story is only folding out in my head at the moment, so this explanation is not as clear as I would like it to be. But here are two of the characters in my head, Mhyrandah Atlys and Kassya Sylver.

Suck on that, Daniel.

Obviously, there are far more characters than Mhyrandah and Kassya, but I’ll save those for another time. And no, the plot line where Mhyrandah takes the throne will not be the whole focus of the story. The main plot line is a whole lot darker…>:)

Anyway, time to go to school, just came back from therapy which was so desperately needed.

Love Mad Cat.