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By the Book: Catching Fire Predictions for Chapter 14


It’s time for our Chapter 14 installment of By the Book, where the 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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After a subdued dinner on the train, Katniss and Peeta watch recordings of the other reapings with Effie and Haymitch. Katniss tries to sleep but has a nightmare, and ends up watching Haymitch’s Second Quarter Quell tape with Peeta. They see how Haymitch became allies with Maysilee and how he won by using the Gamemaker’s forcefield as a weapon. Haymitch comes in at the end, and Katniss realizes how clever he really is.


Since we’ve seen the bracelet Finnick’s wearing in the arena, I’m going to say the conversation about them all having tokens to seem like ʺa teamʺ is going to be in the film in some shape or form. Same with the reapings in the districts, which I’m very much looking forward to. (I still think it’ll be some sort of montage in order to save time, but I hope it’s an emotional one). I don’t know if the Peeta/Katniss scene will be the same as it is in the book, but I hope they take the chance to have some kind of relationship-developing moment for them at that point, because they need as much of that as they can fit in before the other victors come up to take the spotlight.

I’ve always thought Haymitch’s time in the arena won’t make it into the film. To me, it seems too big an undertaking to have to construct a whole different arena and cast so many extras just for a few short scenes, not to mention we haven’t heard anything about anyone being cast as Maysilee or young Haymitch. They need to at least let us know about it somehow, though, because it’s important foreshadowing, with the force field and all. I think they might have Peeta tell Katniss the story, or it would be nice if Effie or even Haymitch himself were to tell them about it, at least a little. I’d like for Maysilee to at least be mentioned, if not directly in relation to Katniss’s pin, but because it gives depth to Haymitch’s character.

Line I Hope Makes It
Katniss: ʺIt’s almost as bad as us and the berries!ʺ — Because, really, who needs rebels when you’ve got Team Twelve? 😀


Now that we know Bonnie and Twill won’t be making an appearance, this gives me a glimmer (ha, see what I did there?) of hope that there will be time for the moment shared between Katniss and Peea. I think this is important for the film as it shows the continually developing bond between them, as well as demonstrating that Katniss really is in love with Peeta. If this is cut, there better be some time between them on the roof before entering the quell! The information from the latest issue of EW regarding the fleshing out of Effie in Catching Fire gave me an interesting thought – what if Effie tells Katniss and Peeta about Haymitch’s games? She could do this easily after dinner and watching the reapings, I can imagine Haymitch solemnly trudging out of the room and leaving the three of them alone. Even if Effie doesn’t delve into the full story she could provide the motivation they need to watch his tape, therefore discovering the forcefield trick. This can then lead to Katniss and Peeta curling up on the couch to watch the tape, and I hope they come up with a humorous line for Haymitch to enter the room with at the end moment to break some of the tension. Given most of this chapter includes Katniss’ inner thoughts of keeping Peeta alive, I think showing her on the couch with Peeta will be a physical way to demonstrate how she is trying to protect him. Even if watching Haymitch’s tape/his story is cut I think as Carla said this is a prime moment to talk about the pin and elude to the rebellion, and hopefully get a mention/hint about the forcefield before hitting the arena.

Line I Hope Makes It
There aren’t really any standout lines here, so like I said I would like Haymitch to have a witty line to enter with as Katniss and Peeta finish watching the tapes, so Katniss could still lead off with ʺIt’s almost as bad as us and the berries!ʺ


I hope they spare a few seconds to watch the train pulling them away from District 12 and the painfully subdued dinner afterwards before leading into the Reapings. If Caesar and Cladius appear, to talk us through some of the past victors, it would be a perfect way to set up the Quater Quell and how it’s like the Champions League of Hunger Games. It would make a nice contrast from the depression of Katniss, Haymitch, and Peeta to the Capitol’s hype machine. I don’t think we’ll see Haymitch’s Games as much as I’d love to and if it does appear I’d think it would be brief (like showing the past Games in the first film, with the victor beating the boy with rubble). But I think you could do it in a very powerful way if Haymitch, quietly, tells the story. You could easily segue here from the Reapings to past Quarter Quells. Caesar and Claudius could tell us of their memories of the previous Quell and speculate about this one. The TV turns off leaving Haymitch to tell us breifly of his experience in the arena with the aid of alcohol. From his performance in The Messenger (heck, even in Zombieland), Woody Harrelson can do a lot with a close-up and past trauma to express. I think it could be quite an emotional way to have Katniss and Peeta find out about his past. Above all, what is most important to pull from this chapter, however it’s conveyed, is Haymitch rebelling or being cunning against the Capitol and possibly hinting that he suffered dearly for it.

Line I Hope Makes It
For me, there are no lines that I’d be sure would make it from straight from prose to screen.


I think that only the first part of this chapter will be included in the movie, starting with the subdued dinner on the train. Effie will be trying to be positive, talking about getting a mockingjay ankle band and bracelet made for Peeta and Haymitch so they can all look like a team, but she’ll not be her usually upbeat self. I think she’ll look kind of sad or troubled. We know reaping footage has been shot, so hopefully we’ll see a lot of that when they sit down to watch the recaps after dinner. Here I want Haymitch and Effie to make comments about some of them (like Brutus, Finnick, Johanna, Cecilia, Chaff, etc). I want there to be Second Quarter Quell footage, but I don’t think there will be. As for the forcefield, I suspect that we won’t hear anything about it until Beetee points it out in the training room. Then he’ll look at Katniss and say something like ʺUsing the forcefield was how your mentor won his Gameʺ, which will lead her to ask Haymitch about it later.

Line I Hope Makes It
I want to hear Effie sounding truely sad as she says ʺOh, not Cecelia.ʺ


Since we know that Haymitch’s bracelet was on Finnick’s arm, I think they’ll show at least a small part of their awkward dinner on the train, especially since Nina Jacobson mentioned that they’re going to show Effie growing a conscious. This will be a great place to start setting that tone. I think their session of watching the other Reapings will be a great place for them to show Haymitch’s pain. And this chapter has that scene we’ve all been obsessing and wondering over. Is Annie Cresta going to be at the D4 reaping?! I just don’t know. If we haven’t heard of her casting, perhaps they’re going to just do a flashback in Mockingjay for her. I think a lot of people should re-read this chapter because it gives you age ranges for TONS of tributes. I remember during casting so many people were complaining about the ages they’d cast, not realizing that they’d gone pretty accurate for most of them. As much as I want to see it, I don’t think they’re going to show Haymitch’s Games. I don’t know how they’ll get around it, but I would think we’d have heard about a young Haymitch casting. They might just have Haymitch tell Katniss and Peeta about it.

Line I Hope Makes It
No lines stand out for me really, especially since I’m predicting they cut the Second Quarter Quell.

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