Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we list off our top ten bookish loves. This week, since it's all Hunger Games, I've decided to do something a little different. Here are my top ten Hunger Games moments:
1. Madge giving Katniss the Mockingjay pin: It's unfortunate that they had to cut out Madge from the movie. She's a small character, but she's important to the story. She gives Katniss this pin that her aunt had before she went into the games herself and never returned. This pin obviously becomes a sign of the rebellion none of that would have happened without Madge.
2. The tribute interviews: This is a huge turning point in the book. There's been an unspoken agreement that Peeta and Katniss are going to be portrayed as a couple, but it's not until Peeta tells the audience that he's loved her all his life that it feels real to her. She suddenly knows exactly what she has to do to stay alive.
3. Peeta and Katniss on the rooftop of the training centre: A small scene, right before they go into the games, where Peeta tells her what's on his mind before entering. He doesn't want the games to change him. Katniss doesn't really know what he means until she's in there, has seen too many brutal things, and decides she doesn't want to be changed either.
4. Katniss stuck in the tree with the Careers below her: A heart wrenching scene where we have no idea how it will play out. Katniss gets her first sponsor gift, medicine for her burns, and Rue shows her the tracker jacker nest that she uses to outsmart the Careers. This ends up turning into Katniss's first kills and the beginning of her alliance with Rue. It also changes her mind about Peeta, who has been with the Careers but saves her life.
5. Rue's death: The most heart breaking moment in the book, Katniss is too late to save little Rue from Marvel. Katniss kills Marvel with her own hands, her first real kill, and stays with Rue until she dies. She sings her a song she used to sing to Prim, and covers her body in flowers before the hovercraft takes her away. What she's done for Rue gains her the trust of District 11 and she is rewarded with a loaf of bread.
6. The rule change: When the Gamemakers announce that there can be two Victors as long as they are from the same District, Katniss immediately screams out Peeta's name without thinking of the consequences. We know that most of what Katniss has been doing around Peeta has just been for the cameras, but at that moment we know that she cares about him in a way that the cameras will never capture. He is the boy who saved her life many years ago and she does not want to lose him.
7. The cave scene: This scene became infamous among the fandom. It was the moment the Katniss/Peeta ship became a real contender. They share their first kiss and are both very vulnerable with the other. Katniss finds out just how much Peeta loves her and tells him he saved her life. There are a lot of kisses, cuddling, and the flame between grew larger and larger. There was no going back after this scene.
8. The sleep syrup: I was disappointed that this was omitted from the movie as well, as I love how Haymitch and the sponsors are all helping her get rid of Peeta for a day so that she can go against his will and get him medicine. He realizes it too late and Katniss leave the cave to save him.
9. The berries: Katniss and Peeta are the last standing and believe they have won. The Gamemakers announce that there can be only one, and suddenly they have to kill each other. Knowing the Captiol would rather have two Victors instead of none, Katniss takes out the Nightlock berries and threatens to kill them both. They pop the berries in their mouths just as the Gamemakers announce they have both won. The whole scene is nerve-wrecking and changes everything.
10. The last scene: Here we see that Katniss was not completely acting for the cameras. She may be unsure of her feelings for Peeta, but she knows she doesn't want to lose him. She has started a ruckus in the Captiol because of her little stunt and now knows how in danger she is. But all she can think of is when Peeta will let go of her hand. She doesn't want it to happen. She doesn't want to lose the boy with the bread.
This whole book blew me away and they did a great job with the movie. Can't wait to see what they'll do with Catching Fire!