Every fan of The Hunger Games has their own favorite scenes and moments from the book, and many are waiting on bated breath for the book’s adaptation to the big screen. It’s no secret in Hollywood that movie adaptations always take certain liberties with books — usually for good reason, since the story is being told in a different format. And while most fans understand this process, many still have their favorite scenes that they want to see make it into the film.
So what are the “must-have” scenes in The Hunger Games? Though opinions may vary, I sought the opinions of several fan site admins to find out what were the top 5 “must-have” scenes:
5. Hunting with Gale
Whether you’re Team Peeta or Team Gale, all fans of The Hunger Games agree that this opening scene between Katniss and Gale is a critical one. It establishes their relationship, their history and the harsh world they inhabit. Capturing this moment just right will be key for filmmakers in establishing the rest of the movie franchise.
“It’s important to show the two of them together in the beginning so everyone is aware of their bond,” said The Hob. “We need to see from the start how important Gale is to her.”
4. Introducing the Tributes
Whether it’s that first moment in the Reaping when Katniss steps forward to take her sister’s place, the “Girl on Fire” presentation in the arena, or the formal interview in Cinna’s gorgeous gown, fans can’t wait to see the different and various ways the Tributes are introduced in The Hunger Games.
“Volunteering to become a tribute is a crucial turning point in Katniss’ life,” said Celine of HungerGamesTrilogy.net. She added, “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.”
“Just the costume for the ‘girl on fire’ is enough reason!,” said admins from The Hob. “We can’t wait to see the reaction and energy from the crowd when Katniss and Peeta emerge, literally on fire.”
3. The Berries
A surprising twist at the end of The Hunger Games, this scene needs to be nothing but high-tension and drama to come across correctly. It’s a defining moment in many ways: as Katniss reveals her own two-sidedness to Peeta, while openly defying the Capitol and establishing herself as the girl who will eventually become the Mockingjay.
“This illustrates such a high level of defiance for the capitol and shows some of the first signs of Katniss’ rebellion,” said the Hob.
The moments following this to the end of the book are also paramount for creating a segue into the second book. Admins at Down With The Capitol (DWTC) agree a voiceover could be the perfect solution. “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.”
2. Katniss & Rue
Fans already got a taste of this scene in the short film from MainStay Productions. In fact, MainStay’s short film was so emotionally powerful, it’s hard to imagine anything topping it. Still, it will be good to see Lawrence tackle the strong emotions in Katniss’s final moments with Rue — from singing the lullaby, to decorating her body with flowers.
“Rue’s death has to be one of the most poignant events in the story,” said Celine from HungerGamesTrilogy.net. “I am expecting the filmmakers to create a very touching scene showing raw emotions coming from Katniss and Rue.”
Admins from DWTC added, “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.”
1. The Cave
This was hands-down, the number-one most mentioned scene when I asked fans about their movie “must-haves.” The tender moments shared between Peeta and Katniss as they camp out in the cave during the Hunger Games is a critical part of the book, and will no doubt be a critical part of the movie. This is where we see them finally interact one-on-one and show their affections for one another (though we all know that Katniss isn’t sure her actions are genuine).
“It’s the first time Katniss and Peeta have a real connection,” said admins from DWTC. “It’s special because they can actual[ly] 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.”
“It shows the bond they’re building that will take them through the books/movies,” added admins from The Hob.
Tell us in the comments: Which scenes are YOU most looking forward to seeing in The Hunger Games movie?
Thanks to The Hob, DWTC & HungerGamesTrilogy.net for contributing!
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