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Change: The Mockingjay Pin’s Origin Story
What: In the book, Katniss receives her iconic mockingjay pin from schoolmate Madge Undersee. (The pin originally belonged to Madge’s aunt, who died in an earlier Hunger Games.) In the movie, Madge is nowhere to be seen, and Katniss receives the pin from one of the black marketeers in the Hob.
Why it works: Madge was always a random character, so trimming her makes sense. Unfortunately, the filmmakers also removed the intriguing mockingjay backstory: They were the accidental result of experiments by the Capitol, a story rife with meaning in the context of The Hunger Games’ portrayal of totalitarianism.
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