Earlier this week, I posted my article “Top 5 ‘must-have’ scenes in ‘The Hunger Games’ movie,” citing reasons for each decision. But really, the idea of a “must-have” scene in a book to movie adaptation is largely based on personal preference — and each fan has a different idea of what’s critical to the story.
In putting together my article, I sought out the input and expertise of a few Hunger Games fansites — who each provided me with their own list of 5 must-have scenes. Though I used their lists as guidance in creating my own, they each present different ideas of what they think should make it into the movie.
So for a slightly different perspective today, I offer you their picks for the top 5 “must-have” scenes:
The Hob’s Top 5 Must-Have Scenes:
- Katniss’ first run-in with “the boy with the bread” behind the bakery. This is Katniss’ first memorable encounter with Peeta, and it’s this memory that runs through her mind during the games when she’s trying to determine if Peeta is playing the game or truly being nice. It would be fabulous to actually SEE that flashback!
- Katniss and Gale hunting/talking in the woods in the beginning. It’s important to show the two of them together in the beginning so everyone is aware of their bond. We need to see from the start how important Gale is to her.
- The cave scenes between Katniss and Peeta. All of them! But specifically the part where Katniss fights for and returns with the backpack with the needle in it for Peeta. Also he part when they get the parachute with all the food in it because it shows the bond they’re building that will take them through the books/movies.
- The first time Katniss and Peeta are introduced to the public. Just the costume for the “girl on fire” is enough reason! We can’t wait to see the reaction and energy from the crowd when Katniss and Peeta emerge, literally on fire.
- The end of the games when Katniss and Peeta are going to eat the berries. This illustrates such a high level of defiance for the capitol and shows some of the first signs of Katniss’ rebellion.
Down With The Capitol’s Top 5 Must-Have Scenes:
- Cave Scene – It’s the first time Katniss and Peeta have a real connection, It’s special because they can actual talk and have real moments with each other. It wasn’t like it was back in the Capital, how they had to force conversation. It’s almost like they are relaxed and find themselves for a bit.
- Rooftop – It’s almost like we get an Insight to how Peeta really is. How he says he wants to die as himself in the arena.
- Rue and Katniss – It’s the first time Katniss show’s any type of rebellion, especially when she decorates Rue’s body with flowers. The death of Rue seems like it’s what breaks down Katniss’s exterior….like she is ready to “fight back” now.
- When Katniss Finds Peeta –The lines from Peeta: “You here to finish me off, sweetheart” “Yes, frosting. The final defense of the dying.” “Remember, we’re madly in love, so it’s all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it” and “‘Katniss?’ He mouths the words ‘How about that kiss?” They need to be in this scenes. NEED we say! We are very interested in how they will do this scene. How exactly are they going to “frost” Peeta so he blends in with nature.
- Voice over for the end with Peeta — We kind of agreed that there should be a Katniss voice over at the end with how she says “I guess the real question is what’s going to be left when we get home? or “Already the boy with the bread is slipping away from me.” We feel like the audience should hear what Katniss really has to say. That in the end, she really doesn’t want to loose Peeta although she is confused.
HungerGamesTrilogy.net’s Top 5 Must-Have Scenes:
- District 12 Reaping – Katniss has shown exemplary strength for being protective of her little sister and taking her place in the games. The Reaping is a heart wrenching event for the people of District 12. A moving moment I’d like to see is when the crowd touch the three middle fingers of their left hand to their lips and holds it out to show their admiration to the young heroine . Volunteering to become a tribute is a crucial turning point in Katniss’ life.
- Training – This part may not be as significant as the others, but I’m excited to see Katniss shoot an arrow straight at the Gamemakers’ table. This garnered her the top training score during the training. So, Jennifer Lawrence has to be really adept with her archery skills. J
- The Interview – In my opinion, the parade of the 24 tributes will be one of the most glamorous and grandiose scene in the movie. The costume designers need to work really hard to capture the designs described in the book. It will be amazing to see Katniss transformed from an ordinary girl from District 12 into what Cinna refers to as the Girl on Fire.
- The 74th Hunger Games – The Hunger Games is Capitol’s way to dehumanize the tributes and demoralize the people of the 12 districts. The readers know how dark and violent the Games can be. It makes me wonder how the movie will depict the gruesome killing of teens while maintaining a PG-13 rating. But I am sure the director will do a great job.
- Rue’s Death – Rue’s death has to be one of the most poignant events in the story. I am expecting the filmmakers to create a very touching scene showing raw emotions coming from Katniss and Rue. I’m looking forward to the scene where Katniss will be singing the lullaby to Rue.
In discussing my original article with my younger brother (who is also a fan of The Hunger Games books), he also suggested the scene on the train as a “must-have.” His reasoning? It’s the first time we ever get to see Katniss and Peeta interract, plus it’s our first real introduction to Haymith.
Tell us in the comments: What are YOUR must-have scenes?