The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – 5 Differences Between the Book and the Movie

1. Effie Trinket

In the books, the last time we see Effie Trinket is before Katniss goes into the arena in the middle of Catching Fire. It is unknown of her whereabouts, that is, until her reappearance at the end of Mockingjay. From the promotional posters released showcasing the citizens of District 13, it was clear that Effie would have a more dominant role in the film. Besides being a character beloved by fans, Elizabeth Banks manages to bring light to the darkness of thirteen. Although she turned in the coloured wigs Effie was allowed to hold onto some stylish accessories.

We first see Effie when she gets a visit from Plutarch in her bunker; which she considers to be a prison. She also is not fond of the grey jumpers they’re all forced to wear. But there is a reason for her appearance, other then seeing how someone from the Capitol would adapt to this new way of living. Effie’s role is to continue being Katniss’ escort as she has an understanding of how the Mockingjay operates (taking over the role of Fulvia). She does it for personal reasons, not because she agrees with the politics or the cause.

Let’s look at the moment where Haymitch asks to hear one moment where Katniss made you feel something real. In the book, Leevy speaks up and mentions Katniss volunteering for Prim at the reaping. In the film, Leevy is replaced by Effie. The same happened with Boggs’ comment on her singing to Rue, it too is said by Effie instead.

2. The Rescue

Gale is the first person to volunteer himself to go on the mission to rescue Peeta, Johanna and Annie from The Capitol. Since the book only looks at Katniss’ perspective we don’t actually get to see the rebels in action. Besides being able to see the mission in the film, we learn that President Snow knows of the entire plan and doesn’t stop them. This is revealed in a conversation between Snow and Katniss as she tries to keep him distracted in an attempt to help the rescue succeed. Snow ends the conversation by taunting Katniss, ‘It’s the ones we love that cause the most pain.’ Foreshadowing.

3. The Mockingjay’s Conditions

             “Is there anything left on your list, Katniss?”
My paper’s crumpled into a ball in my right fist. I flatten the sheet against the table and read the rickety letters. “Just one more thing. I kill Snow.”

            For the first time ever, I see the hint of a smile on the president’s lips. “When the time comes, I’ll flip you for it.”

To me, this was an important moment but when Katniss lists her conditions for becoming the Mockingjay in the film, she only says that the other victors must be granted immunity and asks that her sister can keep their cat. She doesn’t ask for permission to hunt above ground with Gale (which happens anyway) or to be the one to kill President Snow when the time comes.

4. Tying Knots

            “The more you can distract yourself, the better,” he says. “First thing tomorrow, we’ll get you your own rope. Until then, take mine.”

Although this is minor, the film shows Finnick tying knots but he never gives and/or teaches Katniss how to as a distraction for herself.

5. Katniss’ Prep Team

            That’s my chance. I dart around the distracted guard, push open the door marked 3908, and find them. Half-naked, brusied, and shackled to the wall.
My prep team.

Unlike the book, Katniss’ prep team was not found in District 13.

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