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E is for Effie Trinket

 

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The Hunger Games series introduces us to a lot of really fun and interesting characters. One of those characters, that I am a fan of, is Effie Trinket. She is interesting because she is not inherently evil, even though she is definitely a cog in the whole Capital system that is the Hunger Games. She at the same time seems incredibly selfish and caring. She is trying to help Peeta and Katniss in every way she can to get sponsors and she does seem to have genuine regard for them. At the same time she never thinks about the fact that they are being sent to their death really. She hopes they don’t die, but some of that I think does come from the fact that as the District 12 Capitol Escort there are some perks to being on the winning team and there has not been a winner from District 12 in a long time. The great thing about Effie is that she is a great contrast of between the Capital and the people in the Districts. District 12, in particular, is very poor and the outlandish outfits that Effie wears stand out as extravagant and indulgent, which are very accurate characteristics of the people in the Capital. (Spoilers for the Hunger Games trilogy after the jump)

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Misuse of Popular Culture or Wow Really?!

Poster for Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for volunteers

Poster for Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for volunteers

David showed me an interesting ad today and it got me thinking about how businesses will try and tap into something’s popularity even if they do not actually understand the underlying meaning of the media. In this specific ad Big Brothers / Big Sisters is using Katniss Everdeen to say that you should volunteer to be a big brother or big sister. They even used the scene where Katniss says “I volunteer!” as the image. It seems obvious that they understand that The Hunger Games is a hugely popular franchise and that there is a sisterly dynamic, but are completely missing the point.

I have not necessarily seen this sort of thing happen too many times, but I can understand why it happens. Why not use an already popular franchise to draw people in to your business or non-profit? It taps in to a market that already exists so that you can build off of an existing fan base instead of having to build from scratch. When you do not use the media appropriately it can come off as insulting and lazy. Continue reading

Misunderstanding Katniss’ Choice

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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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Katniss Everdeen: The Girl on Fire, A Character Study

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In my opinion Katniss is an amazing and complex character. I loved reading the Hunger Games Trilogy because of her. Following along as she volunteers to take the place of her sister, fights in the games, and the roller-coaster of the after effects. The life in the districts is not pretty to begin with. Many people end up dying of starvation, cold, or worse depending on the industry they work in and how desperate they get. The book does a good job of painting the dire picture that the citizens in the district live in and contrast it with the decadence of the Capital. We see this world through the eyes and thoughts of Katniss Everdeen.

Katniss is a girl who at a young age had to figure out how to help her family survive. Her father had taught her to hunt, but when he died her mother went catatonic for a time leaving Katniss to take care of her and Prim. She is someone who only has time to think about the survival of her family. As the various games are played out around her various aspects of her personality and we find that even with her harsh exterior she has a soft spot. She is a survivor, but she is also a protector she cannot stand for others to suffer especially when she is the cause. Unless it is to protect other people and is a necessary action to do so. (Spoilers for the Hunger Games Trilogy to follow). Continue reading