Students psyched for Lawrence in Catching Fire

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Catching Fire premiered in London on November 11 welcoming excited fans and wide acclaim

From the hype of the three acclaimed novels to the excitement of the release of the first movie, “Hunger Games” fans now await the release of the second movie in the trilogy, Catching Fire.

The books were a hit among young readers and created a large buzz in the teen literature circle. Junior Bella Morgan said, “I really liked the first book the best. I think it was the best in the series.” And Senior Susannah Davis, said, “I liked that the book created its own world, and I also enjoyed the parallels to Greek mythology.” Senior Chrystal Hawley added, “It was an interesting, creative, well thought out story.”

When the first book in the series was made into a movie in 2012, readers flocked to the cinemas. According to the IMDb movie database, the film earned slightly over $150 million opening weekend. Fans were eager to see what Hollywood had done with this acclaimed novel. “The movie was good. Movies are usually never as good as the book, like in this case, but it was about as good as a movie adaptation of a book can be,” said Morgan. Overall the movie got a positive nod from fans and did justice to the book and the fans were happy with the results.

“Hunger Games”-lovers eagerly await the release of the second movie in the trilogy on November 22. Catching Fire tells the story of Katniss and Peeta and their life after winning the Hunger Games and going on their victory tour. In a tragic turn of events, the two are forced to be tributes again in the Quarter Quell Hunger Games and must fight for their lives a second time.

Gary Ross, director of the first movie, did not direct “Catching Fire,” but left it in the hands of fellow director Francis Lawrence. It will be interesting to see how this change affects the movie and how fans will respond. “I am very excited to see the movie,” said Senior Elizabeth Sorensen, “I am excited to see the new actors and how they portray their characters.” When asked about how she felt about the film having a different director, Senior Paige Campbell said, “That kind of thing is normal, so I’m not worried about it.”

Someone who will be under huge scrutiny will be Sam Claflin, who plays Finnick Odair in “Catching Fire.” Will he be able to adequately capture that charm, seductiveness and sass that made Finnick a favorite character with the readers?

Senior Sam Weiner said, “I am anxious to see how they do with Finnick.” Hawley agrees and is also eager to see how Claflin does with this role.

Also, eyes will be on Jennifer Lawrence to see if she can deliver a stellar performance a second time as the heroine, Katniss Everdeen. “I am anxious to see the acting, and based on the trailer, Jennifer Lawrence is gold. I am also eager to,” said Campbell. Audience members will also be looking for how the set designers did with creating the arena described in the novel. Senior Kellsey Mone said, “I am curious to see how they do the arena, and I am looking forward to seeing how Finnick is portrayed.” Fans have high expectations for the movie’s adherence to the book’s plot and how the actors portray the characters.

The buzz surrounding the movie is deafening and fans can’t wait to see if the movie lives up to their high expectations. Will the movie be accurate to the book? Will the arena be accurate? Will Calflin deliver as Finnick? Will Jennifer deliver another stellar performance? Fans eagerly await for November 22 to find out.