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LitFlix: Mockingjay Part I

David and I got to see Mockingjay Part I when we were in Australia. We enjoyed it, but it does feel a bit like a step between movies. The movie itself is good and is a faithful adaptation of the book. At the same time if I judged it as a stand alone movie, I do not know how well it really holds up. It continues the story of Katniss and the Districts, but does not necessarily tell its own story. This does make sense since they split the story into two parts, but I feel like it does not make sense to split the story unless you really have two stories to tell. At the same time by splitting the story they were able to include a lot more details from the book than if they had kept it as one movie. There was an interesting balance, but at the same time I did enjoy the continuation of the story and the performances by all the actors were phenomenal. The movie itself, such as in the book really deals with the after effects on the characters of what occurred in the previous movies. This does not move the story forward, but does give us a great character study to explore. (Spoilers for Mockingjay after the jump.) Continue reading

Misunderstanding Katniss’ Choice

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Chariot

Initially I was not going to write a response to an article I read on NPR, but then I ran into it for a second time and have decided I need to get it off my chest. The article, What if Katniss Didn’t Have to Choose Between Peeta and Gale, is actually in response to another article that was on NPR What Really Makes Katniss Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend.

Now the first article is not terrible, but I do think it over-simplifies the characters of Katniss, Peeta, and Gale to make its point. Not to mention the fact that by focusing on the idea of a love triangle (which I do not agree with it as a love triangle in the first place), they are missing the point of the complexity of the situation and the characters. They do make a good point in the fact that the gender roles are played with a lot, especially with Katniss, Gale, and Peeta. At the same time saying that choosing between Gale and Peeta is Katniss choosing between playing the “Movie Girlfriend” and “Movie Boyfriend” I think almost plays into the stereotypes that they are saying to break.

The next article builds off of this premise and takes the ideas even further. So it is already starting on somewhat shaky ground and then begins to feel like they are using this more to further their own point than any actual analysis. I know that these are fictional characters, but reducing Katniss down to just her relationship with these two guys really bothers me. This is just one of a few problems I have with the article. The article itself is talking about the positives of polyamorous relationships and using the Katniss, Gale, Peeta relationship to say that Katniss can be with both Gale and Peeta. Now I am not going to discuss the good or bad of polyamorous relationships, but instead I have a problem with the basis of their argument. Continue reading

Hunger Games: Catching Fire, a Litflix

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David and I finally went and saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this week. I have been waiting with anticipation, but was not in the mood to see it with a bunch of teenagers and things have been pretty crazy for us. So we went and saw it yesterday and the movie does not disappoint. I am here to look at how the book compares to the movie and the similarities and differences between the two. This is another area that does not disappoint.

I love The Hunger Games Trilogy when I first read the books I did over one week, and I read the books again recently and did it in about the same amount of time. The first book is good, but it is a general introduction to the world and Katniss. By the second book we are invested in these characters and want to see them well off. So as things just keep going bad it can be difficult to watch them go through all of these events, so you have to keep turning the page. The movie does the same thing it draws you in willing you forward along with the characters that you have been introduced to. Following along through every high and every low, in which there are so many. (Spoilers for Catching Fire after the jump.)

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