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Hunger Games Catching Fire: Will the movie change the book's ending?

Will commercial pressures have an influence over how Hunger Games: Catching Fire culminates?

The future direction of the 'Hunger Games' movie series has already been laid out by Lionsgate, with the second book in the series 'Catching Fire' receiving a movie all of its own, while 'Mockingjay', the third book in the series will have two movies dedicated to it. This may actually suit the vision of the author of the 'Hunger Games' books, Suzanne Collins, who it is rumoured cut a fair bit of content out of the 'Mockingjay' novel at the behest of her publisher.

One issue that is of interest with regard to the new movie, though, particularly for fans of the books, is how will 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' end? Novels and movies are often said to be structurally different; the meat of a book is in the detail and minutiae of the core of the narrative, while a movie is all about the audience on a journey with a character from point a to point b. Movies are an emotional journey that frequently end on a triumphant or victorious note, where we see that the basic goals of the protagonists have been achieved (or otherwise).

This complicates matters within a quadrilogy such as the 'Hunger Games', as Lionsgate will on the one hand wish to be faithful to the book on which the series is based, but on the other will be aware of the fact that some people will be watching the 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' as a standalone film. This can be a difficult thing to handle, as on the one hand, fans of the series who know the story intimately will find that constant reminders to what has occurred previously are rather grating, but at the same time, the producers will want to ensure that 'Catching Fire' is comprehensible as a standalone movie.

But one of the most notable elements of the 'Catching Fire' novel is the ending of the book, particularly the final line (I won't reproduce it here for spoiler-related reasons). But there has been a lot of speculation on fans forums that 'Catching Fire' may not finish on this note, as it will not suit the notion of 'Catching Fire' being a standalone movie that can be enjoyed on its own. Instead, there is speculation that 'Catching Fire' will touch upon the events that occur at the beginning of 'Mockingjay', where Katniss is heading towards District 13.

I hope that this is not the case, and that 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' remains faithful to the novel, but there will be commercial pressure to get as many people into multiplexes to watch the movie as possible.

Christopher Morris watches too many sci-fi films, has a keen interest in current affairs, and is a regular contributor to Yahoo on television, cinema, video games, technology and politics.

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