With the upcoming release of “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,”



The Hunger Games is one of the most recognizable dystopian series, and for good reason. With a captivating story and engaging characters, the franchise has captured the hearts of millions worldwide. 

Written by Suzzane Collins, the story follows Katniss Everdeen as she volunteers to take her sister’s place in the Hunger Games and ends up causing a revolution which eventually culminates in the overthrow of President Snow’s tyrannical regime. Tying together themes of resilience, survival, sacrifice, and justice, the novels were an instant success, resulting in the movie adaptations. Staying mostly loyal to the source material, the movies brought the scenes and characters to life, allowing us all to see what we had already imagined. 

While many movie adaptations fail to remain true to the novels they are based on, The Hunger Games franchise does a good job of avoiding this. Despite some significant omissions, the movies convey the same core themes as the books and many things shown on screen were exactly as I had pictured them in my head. 

For all their merits, however, watching the movies would not allow you to truly understand the message Collins was trying to send. Sure, you would gain an understanding of the plot, but if you want to understand more, you would have to read the books. Simply put, what’s shown on the screen is unable to reach the depth the written words can. The movies show a very detailed, yet surface-level image of the struggles that Katniss faces. The books, on the other hand, grant you access to her innermost thoughts and feelings and the turmoil she faces. Hearing the story from Katniss’s perspective rather than the filmmakers’ perspective allows you to better interpret the work in the original form as the author created it.  Although you can’t go wrong with either the books or the movies, I would have to say the books are significantly better than the movies.