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Thursday 2 February 2012

The Hunger Games: The Story of the Pin

A long long ways into the future, in pretty much the same galaxy, there was a girl who was about to change the world. A girl who while quiet, seems to care a whole lot for those around her. She lives in District 12 of Panem, and is basically a pretty great friend to have. You all know who I am talking about...

This girl's name is Madge.

Not who you thought I was going for correct? I thought so. This girl may seem like she isn't an essential part of the story, but oh she is. The major's daughter, she never really wanted for anything. Big woop of a character you may say. But wait, wasn't Madge the only girl friend Katniss had in Panem (even if she didn't really realize it till when she gave her the pin)? Wasn't she the girl who started the whole mockingjay symbol of the rebellion by giving this very kick ass pin to Katniss? Without her you might say that the rebellion might not have a mascot. Because for sure Katniss embodied the Mockingjay, but who gave them the thing from which all the ideas bloomed of?

You guessed it, what would be Madge.

Sweet, poor Madge who seems to have been stolen of her spotlight. Because as you are about to see in this trailer #2 Katniss seems to be already in possession of the pin and is trying to give it to Prim. I have to admit ladies and gentlemen...

This. Pissed. Me. Off.

My question to you is this, how important is this change to you? Some might consider it minor, others (a team of which I am a part of) consider it a big deal. Because in reality it changes some of the fundamentals. Not to mention it takes the spotlight away from a pretty good character.

I sure hope I am wrong, and Madge is still giving the pin to Katniss, but Katniss is giving it forward for some other strange reason. But Katniss clearly states in the beginning "look at what I got you" Where did she exactly get it? And how? The Katniss I know if she got her pretty little fucked up hands on it she would have sold it and bought a bunch of foods.

So, discuss.


  1. That's exactly what I was thinking last night! I haven't seen the trailer yet, but I thought about the pin and how it become Katniss' possession. I really hope they keep Madge.

  2. I have to agree with you on this one. I thought Madge's character was important to the story. The fact that she gave Katniss the mockingjay pin and, in doing so, set the entire revolution in motion. And being the daughter of the mayor makes it that much more important. I'm with you, I'm pretty disappointed that they chose to leave her out of the movie.

  3. @mimz I do too.

    @Emily I wouldn't say she set the entire revolution forward per se, I mean that was already bubbling, but she definitely gave them the mascot and their symbol. Katniss may have embodied it, but Madge gave it forward.

  4. You have to take into consideration if The Hunger Games movie will have Madge's character. Perhaps they took it out because of the budgets (scene cuts, character salaries, etc.) or they wanted the movie to be within a certain length.

    Without Madge's character (and I'm assuming that there will be no character since the movie isn't out yet) the mockingjay pin scene has to be altered a bit since the pin is a vital part of the book.

    With Suzanne Collins writing the screenplay of the movie or at least being actively part it, I have full faith that the Hunger Games movie will stick as close as it can to be book.

    I don't care for the change per se but it doesn't upset me greatly.

  5. I believe they cut Madge out, which makes me sad, but they weren't going to be able to keep every character. I understand why they cut it out, even if they don't like it.

  6. I saw the trailer last night, was thrilled the first time I saw it. Then thought something was off so watched it a second time and noticed the pin. I agree with you. Madge was very important! She really should be part of the movie.

  7. It doesn't surprise me that they cut a character out. This happens so frequently in books to movies that I'm just not shocked by it.

  8. To me, it doesn't really piss me off, the movies aren't gonna be able to fit everything from the books in so it didn't come as that much to a shock to me. But it makes me sad when I think of all the people who will watcgh the movie but won't read the books, they'll never know who Madge is and how great she was and when you think about it, it's only one more person that needs to be cast and there are tonnes of fans that would've stepped up to audition so I don't see why Lionsgate couldn't have just cast Madge.

  9. ugh, I was wondering the same thing when I watched the new scenes the other day. I really enjoyed Madge and I thought the scene in the book where she gives the pin to Kat was very fundamental. I wish they wouldn't have changed that/taken it out.

  10. Yep. Thought the same thing about the pin.
    Surely they could have kept Madge in. Understandably cost cuts may have come into it, BUT.. this movie will be a big success. Look at other movies that were from books.

    I hate how they modify the movies so much. I really do. This is why alot of books made into movies don't do the stories justice.. because they have to cut actors, manipulate the story to be action packed for the non readers etc etc.

    Oh wow. I didn't mean to rant. Okay this annoys me too LOL. that is all


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