The Capitol’s Narrative 2.0 – Mockingjay’s Successful Adaptation

There’s a reason why this article’s coming out now is that after the disappointment of Catching Fire, I didn’t see Mockingjay Part One in theaters. I wish I had seen Mockingjay, because it is by far the strongest adaptation of the three films. Even if the story is very much incomplete, this first part wasn’t the slog I was expecting. This film rectified so many of my complains about these films that I feel a need to post this, just so I can go on record and say that Mockingjay (Part One) nailed its source material. Continue reading

The Importance of Mature Themes in Young Adult Literature

Our media is a moral battlefield. Throughout history people have taken all forms of media and altered/ adapted them to suit their means. The issue always at the forefront is: “What is acceptable for children?”, and throughout the last few centuries what is acceptable has excluded most of the human experience. Fairy tales have been censored, and young adult literature is altered in order to suit an always changing ideal of ‘age appropriateness’. This paper will focus on that process of adaptation and alteration, examining the evolution of Red Riding Hood and The Hunger Games. Specifically the historical context of censorship, the removal of key themes and ideas, and how doing so makes great works disposable. Continue reading

The Capitol’s Narrative: Why the ‘Hunter Games’ Film Adaptations Fail

Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games and its sequels are brilliant novels, that became tamed and defanged film adaptations. The Capitol was a truly threatening entity, dulled in order to attain a PG-13 Rating. This isn’t about the muted physical violence, either. It’s because the films do not understand what the Capitol is, what made it such a threat, and why made the novels matter. Continue reading