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Day 454

2nd part of my article I wrote...

When I asked senior Lilly ‘24, she said that “I find it interesting that the book takes such a detailed look at the villain of the Hunger Games, President Snow, and makes people empathize with him for most of the book”.

Part of what makes the movie so appealing is that it is a fresh take on a well known character in the fictional universe. Although she hasn’t seen the movie yet, she is planning to go to theaters and watch it soon.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes made its book debut in 2020, opting for a virtual premiere because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The book was met with praise from long time fans and literary critics alike.

Fans have drawn many comparisons between Lucy Gray and the main protagonist of the Hunger Games series, Katniss. They are both clever and tenacious tributes from the poorest district, District 12. Lucy Gray even references a katniss plant in the book and wears clothing with images of katniss on it.

Similar to Lucy Gray and Katniss, Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift have been compared in a similar fashion. Olivia Rodrigo wrote a ballad “Can’t Catch Me Now”, parallel to how Taylor Swift wrote “Safe and Sound” for a previous Hunger Games movie.

They were arguably at a similar point in their careers and have been cited as having a similar writing style. “Can’t Catch Me Now” has been considered by many to be Rodrigo’s best song to date, with a newfound grit and intricate melody that makes the song unlike anything she’s released.

When asked about if she was anticipating the movie, Senior Gigi ‘24 said that she was “excited for the film and what new directions the franchise may take”. The movie is amongst a number of remakes coming out between Thanksgiving and Christmas, such as Wonka and Aquaman and the Last Kingdom. Remakes can either feel fresh or stale, and based on critical reception so far, it looks like this one is a winner.

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