By Jordan Walsh
Heartwarming, heart wrenching, and heart breaking, “Catching Fire” has set fire to the hearts of many. This book-inspired movie saga has once again enamored its viewers with the sequel. With its many themes from love to family it gives a little something for every age.
Taking place in a futuristic world, the main character Katniss issue’s began with the Hunger Games. These games serve as a remembrance of the loss of lives in the rebellion in Panem. In each district two children are chosen each year to participate in this fight where only one victor may survive and be given riches beyond their imaginations. In The Hunger Games, teenagers Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark emerged as victors of the 74th Hunger Games—a compulsory, nationally broadcast, gladiator-style fight to the death. This causes great dismay in the Capitol due to the fact that Katniss, in outsmarting and rebelling the Capitol, stirs up the beginnings of a rebellion.
In this sequel, many new issues arise in effect of her actions in the Hunger Games. Although she is no longer facing hunger or poverty, her troubles are much more rigorous. She must overcome the threat of the Capitol while trying to figure out her feelings for the lovable Peeta and the adventurous Gale.
With any book that is turned into a movie there is controversy on how well the book’s plot is depicted. Tenth grader, Patrick Davanzo states, “The only thing that I thought stood out was the 75th Hunger Games being too short, and not full of all the things needed.” Congruentley, eleventh grader, Morgan Olaiz says, “There is a lot the movie did not explain that was in the book.” Alternatively, Eleventh grader Allison Summers argues, “I feel like the movie did a good job following the plot of the story.”
Not only is the parallel of the book to the movie argued over, but the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale create an uproar of controversy. Tenth grader, Taylor Long, strongly sides with Team Peeta. “Katniss and Gale have a good friendship, and Peeta is simply better for her,” Taylor claims. Backing Team Gale is freshman Julia Ramsey. “I am Team Gale because Gale is sweet, attractive, and deserves Katniss.”
Catching fire was a burning sensation leaving fans wanting more and more they will get; part one of Mockingjay arrives in theaters worldwide November 21, 2014.