The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

by Linden Peterson

The second installment of the popular Hunger Games book series, Catching Fire, will come to theaters in the United States on November 22 with a rating of PG-13.  A rating of ‘R’ was debated due to the violence, this was carefully avoided to appeal to the main audience of the series, young adults.

In this sequel to The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Melark (Josh Hutcherson), winners of the 74th Hunger Games, must once again return to the arena in the 75th Hunger Games.  However, this time there is a catch: they will be competing against victors from previous years.  The love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale Hawthorne (Liem Hemsworth) is also expanded, as well as the mechanisms of President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Students at Bellbrook High School are looking forward to the release of Catching Fire.  Haily Hayslip, a sophomore, said, “I follow the books and I want to go to the midnight showing.”  Another student, junior Myra Nesbit, also wants to see the movie.  “I want to see how well it fits with the book,” she said. “Hopefully they won’t mess anything up like they messed up the Mockingjay Pin in the Hunger Games [movie].”  This is a common thread for readers of the series. They want an accurate portrayal of the book.

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