It’s getting hard to be someone, but it all works out
- John Lennon
Pithy snapshots of my brain through captures of tv/film, music, quotes, and other inspirations as I find them. ABOUT ME: Part-time vidder. Full-time grad student. Lifetime fangirl. I use my LJ for more lengthy fandom things, reactions, score/picspam metas and the like. My Pinboard keeps all my recs of fic, vids, and meta as I find them. I recently founded THG Music Archive after Hunger Games totally usurped my brain and then said "No, I'm a book, silly. You have to wait to vid all the things you want to vid for at least THREE YEARS." Books are cruel, yo.
Pithy snapshots of my brain through captures of tv/film, music, quotes, and other inspirations as I find them.
ABOUT ME: Part-time vidder. Full-time grad student. Lifetime fangirl.
I use my LJ for more lengthy fandom things, reactions, score/picspam metas and the like. My Pinboard keeps all my recs of fic, vids, and meta as I find them. I recently founded THG Music Archive after Hunger Games totally usurped my brain and then said "No, I'm a book, silly. You have to wait to vid all the things you want to vid for at least THREE YEARS." Books are cruel, yo.
i know someone’s has probably already stated this - but i love the fact president snow is, well, called president snow. the fact he wants to extinguish the girl on fire’s flames like actual snow does with fire. it’s like in catching fire when they put snow on gale’s wounds, it stops the burning. it’s so clever.
Snow is also defeated on a snowy winter day when fire consumes everything, including the girl on fire.
And in Catching Fire, the snowstorm descends on District 12 as Snow’s tightened grip on the district is first felt (the whipping scene).
& how their relationship was easily the most fleshed out, intricate, realistic relationship in the series & everything about it was tragically perfect.
we’re also going to take some time to discuss how this is actually a book about Katniss, Peeta, & Haymitch. Not Katniss, Peeta, & Gale.
[this includes significant spoilers for The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, & Mockingjay]
I ADORE THIS POST. But may I add, because I just noticed this the other day.
In response to this HERE:
“I think a lot of people think the rebellion started assembling in the beginning of the first book, & I just can’t see that being the case. I think all the rebellious acts of the first book were simply Haymitch & Cinna “refusing to be a piece in their games.” By the end of the first book after Katniss has “defied” the Capitol, & there’s the faintest talk of district uprising on the winds, when Cinna dresses Katniss in what he thinks Peeta would like instead of the Gamemakers, that is when I believe the idea of a real rebellion starts to creep in. But it’s still a bit faint.
Then Plutarch shows Katniss his watch with the Mockingjay & we know that something is at least being discussed or planned. We hear about unrest throughout the districts but it’s still nothing significant or big. It’s slow trickle of a bigger thing coming.”
There’s room for argument there. At the end, Haymitch says Plutarch had been “for several years, part of an undercover group aiming to overthrow the Capitol”. Plutarch was the Gamemaker who fell into the punch bowl in the 74th. For him to have become the new Head Gamemaker after Seneca, one would assume he had been working for the Games for a while. Similarly, it’s easy to assume he wasn’t the only Gamemaker with rebel scheming. Nor the only person connected with the Games and rebellion. You ever wonder how this was Cinna’s first year at the Games and yet he and Haymitch had such a good understanding of each other? It won’t leave my brain, cause it plays too well when you reread the first book. Haymitch tells them first step to stay alive, listen to their stylist and do whatever they say. And Cinna not only has the fire costumes for them but has the idea last second for them to hold hands. Them parading through the pregames ceremonies as a pair, a symbol of unity during the Games, that alone was a rebellious act. Later, Peeta admits Haymitch was the one that encouraged him to do the Tell All in the interviews. In CF, we find out Haymitch was pretty good friends with alot of the other mentors from the other districts.
In fact, in terms of just the 75th Games, isn’t there a detail in the first book about how Gamemakers start years in advance to create each arena?
So I think there’s room to say the underground group had been planning intricately for the possible go ahead for a rebellion for years, centered around the Games. They were only waiting for the right moment to do it. Was the group made up of just Capitol citizens? Victors/mentors were the few that got to see all the districts and associate with other people from other districts. They would have been a good mode of communication. And if you go with the assumption that Cinna and Haymitch were in on it even peripherally? I think they had a hunch of the potential they had with Katniss, right from the get go. Any act of unity or compassion shown to the districts on the Games TV would be a direct slap in the face to the Capitol and gain enthusiasm for the rebels, and they encouraged that with Katniss and Peeta far before they hit the arena. When the flowers and the berries sparked district uprisings, then I think the higher ups got the deal and started their plan in action. By the time of the Victory Tours, I think it’s reasonable enough to assume things were rolling in action, and Snow’s backlash with the Peacekeepers had less to do with Katniss specifically and more to do with tightening up the district/Capitol rebel leaks. He probably has some knowledge it was channeled through the victors which was why he announced the Quarter Quell how he did, to get rid of them. He probably even assumed Katniss was way more informed than she was.
In movie additions on this respect, I loved how they had Haymitch be the one to suggest the rule change to Seneca. It showed three things, 1) He knew and had access to the Head Gamemaker and influence enough that he’d listen to him, 2) That he knew how the possibility of two victors and a love story would play to the districts, again, unity symbols in the arena, 3) He had to have seen the possibility Snow would have his head for it, leaving the Head Gamemaker’s spot open. Also, they established Seneca as a fairly young guy, so it’s easy to think Haymitch had observed him over the years as he moved up in the Games world over time. Haymitch is nothing if not a very good observer.
And there goes another THG ramble. The long way of saying, the world needs more Haymitch and Cinna backstory!!!
“Returning Home” - The Hunger Games Original Motion Picture Score
Begins as President Snow picks up the crown, throughout the train ride and their arrival home, to the end with President Snow in the Gamemaker’s Room (“Abraham’s Daughter” picks up over top of its ending).
This same melody is first heard when Katniss lays the flowers over Rue, salutes District 11, and sparks the D11 uprising. It’s heard again after the rule change is revoked through the berries scene. It’s the main musical motif of the film and its usage in these three places to tie these scenes together is an incredibly significant choice. (In fact, if I have one complaint about this score compilation, it’s that the berries scene version isn’t on there! You gotta have the berries scene! Another one I’ll be clipping shortly.)
This version heard above differs from the flowers and berries versions as it is heard with a choir accompaniment. This adds a victorious quality to the melody, and reflects how the only real victory for Katniss is returning home to see her family’s smiling faces again. However, it also calls back to the D11 uprising, and in doing so perfectly leads into President Snow’s concluding scene.
My score fu and meta fu join forces over at thg-music. If you haven’t seen the movie yet or question it based on its mega opening numbers, make your way to the theaters this weekend. It’s utterly brilliant and looks nothing like your typical blockbuster. I’m dying to get time to see it in theaters again sometime this week. (I’ve already cheated with the Cam version [the first time I’ve done THAT since Serenity!], but it’s not the same).
Wait … what? Girls are silly for just wanting to be friends, and the fact that they didn’t want to date you makes them oblivious to matters of the heart? Am I misunderstanding this?
This review pisses me off for more than a couple reasons even beyond this winner opening paragraph (mentioning how cool the blood and guts are before mentioning the message of empathy? And then proceeding to boil it down to “Be cool. Live and let live.” UM NO WAIT WHO’S OBLIVIOUS AGAIN?). Also, I irrationally really hold something against those who don’t read all three books together. They were written together and meant to be read together as a whole. I’ll be first to say I didn’t appreciate the first book fully until after Mockingjay. But if I’m writing a Dude’s Guide to the Hunger Games, you’d bet I’d read all three first. Maybe that’s just me.