By the Book: Catching Fire Predictions for Chapter 10
Hard to believe but we’re up to Chapter 10 of our series By the Book, where the Mockingjay.net staff predicts what parts of ‘Catching Fire’ will make it from the book and into the film, what scenes we’re afraid might get cut, and what quotes we hope to hear included in the script.
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Chapter 10 begins with Katniss heading to the woods to try and clear her head, where she runs into Bonnie and Twill, who have escaped from District 8. They hold out a piece of bread with the Mockingjay symbol and proceed to tell Katniss that they’re on her side. Katniss questions what this means and discovers from Bonnie and Twill that there was an attempted uprising in District 8, where Katniss had helped spark the movement. Bonnie and Twill then tell Katniss they are on their way to District Thirteen, where they suspect residents are secretly living underground. Katniss leaves the girls in the woods to return home, her head swimming with information, and she only just manages to stop herself before running into a fence now buzzing with electricity..
I think the part with Bonnie and Twill will be in the movie. It’s important for Katniss to know about District 13, so she’ll probably meet them in the woods. I don’t think they’ll explain everything about Bonnie stealing the Peacekeepers uniforms, and their travel to district 12, though the rebellion in District 8 will probably be explained. So I think they’ll meet in the woods by the lake, and talk about that. I really can’t wait to see how the lake and the house will be!
Lines I Hope Make It
“It means we’re on your side” (Bonnie) because the mockingjay symbol is very important in both Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
Since I predicted that Bonnie and Twill would be in, but not by so much, I think most of this chapter will be condensed into five minutes of conversation. Katniss won’t teach them anything or spend the entire day with them, but I don’t see why she wouldn’t load them up with supplies, so I think that makes it in. This is one of the chapters I think they have the most opportunity to condense, so they’ll meet, Katniss will hear about the uprising and their theory about District 13, and then they part ways. I don’t know if the electrified fence will make it in because of continuity because the D12 fence in the first movie was just ridiculous. It looked like fencing to keep cattle out and Katniss didn’t have to put out any effort to get through it. If they keep to continuity, I think Katniss will simply go home and find the Peacekeepers waiting.
Lines I Hope Make It
“She doesn’t know,” says Bonnie softly. “Maybe not about any of it.” – I absolutely LOVE this line and I hope it makes it in!
I see no reason why Bonnie and Twill have to be cut out of the storyline, although I suppose the same argument could be applied to Madge. Even if Katniss finds out about the uprising in District 8 through other means (i.e. on a television in Snow’s mansion as suggested in a previous By the Book) she still doesn’t know how it went or about the possibility of District 13. The characters (who potentially may not be Bonnie and Twill but someone else) provide an easy way to pass on this information, rather than adding an extra scene or two and getting someone like Haymitch to explain it to Katniss. Given in recent days and weeks we have seen Francis Lawrence go to lengths to film the reapings of other districts, I am fairly confident this sequence will make it into the script as it can easily be played out in just a couple of minutes screen time. I do, however, expect their appearance to be drastically shortened and altered. I don’t expect that we’re going to get a whole day out in the woods but I do think Katniss will still head there seeking an escape and bump into them. Instead of being injured or camping they may be passing through at the time, quickly chat with Katniss and leave. This way important facts are exchanged and Katniss begins to think about D13 and whether it may exist. She also then knows that at least one district and possibly others have tried to rebel or are ready to rebel against the Capitol, which sets the stage for later events. Importantly though, this exchange means she is outside and will be ‘trapped’ in the woods, which leads to one of my favourite scenes in the next chapter.
Lines I Hope Make It
Bonnie: “It means we’re on your side”
Katniss: “What do you expect to find in District Thirteen?”