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.


She’s [Katniss] got a lot of classic post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. She has nightmares. She has flashbacks. And in the beginning you can see she’s practicing avoidance. She’s completely pushed Peeta to arm’s length, you know? She’s trying to stay away from him. Why? Because everything associated with him except some very early childhood memories are associated with the Games. She’s conflicted to some degree about her relationship with Prim because she couldn’t save Rue. So she’s dealing with all that, and her method of dealing with it is to go to the woods and be alone and keep all of that as far away as possible, because there just are so many triggers in her everyday life.

Suzanne Collins (TIME Magazine, Nov 2013)

For those who continue to put all the blame on Peeta for ignoring Katniss at the beginning of CF, straight from Suzanne herself.

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(Source: iamhereforthis)


there is a negative connotation to female authors. people seem to believe their work doesn’t have as much quality as a man’s. for example, my co worker just said that he won’t read the hunger games because he thinks they’re too feminine. do you think he’d say that if they were written by a man?



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).

why are you wearing that stupid man suit?: do you guys ever just think about what it would be like to live in...


do you guys ever just think about what it would be like to live in Panem during The Hunger Games? like actually imagine it.

like think about if you were Katniss’s mother & your best friend’s name was called? just think about having to watch your best friend go into the arena against 47 other kids. imagine knowing you’re probably never going to see your best friend again.

or think about if you were Katniss or Peeta’s Brothers or Madge’s mother & your sibling’s name was called? like my stomach just drops thinking about it.

just think about watching the people you love try to survive while you’re trapped a million miles away watching them die on television. imagine theworld watching your loved ones being murdered or crying for home & survival.

so many people think about it from the tributes perspective but the scariest thought for me is thinking about it from Katniss’s mom’s perspective.

heavy shit man.

JediShywalker: Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but...

Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct Catching FireAs a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule.

I loved makingThe Hunger Games– it was the happiest experience of my professional life. Lionsgate was supportive of me in a manner that few directors ever experience in a franchise: they empowered me to make the film I wanted to make and backed the movie in a way that requires no explanation beyond the remarkable results. And contrary to what has been reported, negotiations with Lionsgate have not been problematic. They have also been very understanding of me through this difficult decision.

I also cannot say enough about the people I worked with: Producer Nina Jacobson, a great collaborator and a true friend; the brilliant Suzanne Collins, who entrusted us with her most amazing and important story; the gifted and remarkable Jennifer Lawrence whose performance exceeded my wildest expectations, and the rest of the incredible cast, whom I am proud to call my friends.

To the fans I want to say thank you for your support your faith, your enthusiasm and your trust. Hard as this may be to understand I am trying to keep that trust with you. Thank you all. It’s been a wonderful experience.

Not enough time for a quality product. He’s a fan, too, and that’s why he’s asking us to trust him. He doesn’t want to be the one responsible for the problems he sees coming for Catching Fire.

This isn’t about money— well it is, just about Lionsgate’s bottom line and not about Gary’s salary.

EFF YOU, LIONSGATE. CATCHING FIRE IS MY FAVORITE BOOK. And they’re about to fuck it up, aren’t they? Brace yourselves for the hack job we’ll get.

To Gary Ross, thank you for being honest with us. It’s heartbreaking to realize the book that needs the character director more than any other, won’t have one. Ugh, there are so few character directors in HW anymore, there’s no point in even hoping they’ll have the slim luck in scoring one on this short of notice. BALLS.

Raptorific: It's not like I'm GLAD Gary Ross is leaving, I just don't mind very much.


It’s like some people have never been invested in a cinematic trilogy before. Did you know that the original Star Wars trilogy was done by three different directors? Toy Story 3 was a different director as the first two, and was just as damn good. The Die Hard movies had had at least three…

I’m gonna politely disagree with this, as a person who can’t stand 9 out of the 10 movies that come out every year. To say Hollywood doesn’t market a product they don’t think anyone would buy, isn’t really the point. Movies come out every week that someone goes out and sees. Doesn’t mean they’re any good. Hollywood screws up more scripts than it gets right, and that’s because they continually have people at the helm that sacrifice quality for mass appeal. Nina Jacobson has said on record she grabbed the HG rights because she was so afraid of Hollywood butchering it. Saying something like that isn’t a comfort for those of us that think this trilogy deserves more.

I would also say that Hunger Games isn’t Die Hard or Toy Story, so it’s disingenuous to use them as a comparison. (It’s not even Star Wars or Harry Potter, but that’s an argument for another day). It’s a complex, layered story written as a unit, and more importantly with hot button political issues that in the wrong hands could completely alter the essence of the story. Ross himself said, “we need to be sensitive due to the subject matter”. He recognized that it would not be right to make a glossy movie out of this, he saw that 3D would not be appropriate. He grounded the series into something that felt very real and close to our world, and therefore unsettling. He did not make a purely entertaining experience. He made something that would shake you up and make you think. Just like the books. It’s important to understand, he didn’t HAVE to do that. But he did. And critics were positively glowing because of it.

If it’s true Ross is out, it’s not because he walked, it’s because Lionsgate let him. You see sequels with different directors all the time because directors aren’t typically willing to be tied down to more than one part of a series. From Ross’s interviews, he was not only very willing but prepared to do so (multiple interviews with the cast showed they assumed he’d be back too). Some reports have said he had tense negotiations with the studio in the past. I’d be willing to bet he had to fight tooth and nail to get the movie done the way he wanted it. He was very adamant about gloss being inappropriate, and for mass appeal, studios are convinced that gloss is necessary. Action, romance, fantasy, the spectacle with the big bombastic music, all take precidence over character and social commentary. Holding a viewer’s hand is necessary. Dumbing it down is necessary. Making you think is dead last on the list. It’s not hard to see they might have been unwilling to deal with Ross’s principles on the matter again (who thinks Lionsgate isn’t salivating about the idea of making one of these sequels in 3D to charge the extra inflated admittance?).

Gary Ross sought out to do this movie because he was personally pulled in by the books and believed strongly in the message of the story. He doesn’t just direct to direct (after 35 years in HW, with HG he has three director credits on the books, he’s a screenplay writer first and foremost, another thing you don’t see with directors often and it makes a difference). But the trilogy is now connected to one of the biggest opening weekends ever. And every director that has the time and is looking for a career boost is gonna jump at the chance to direct this second one. Whether they care about the material or not. 

And that’s not even touching the set atmosphere and rapport he built with the actors to get the performances he did out of them. If the news is true, I’m sure we’re not the only ones upset.

Fans protesting his removal (again, if it is true), are doing so because it doesn’t seem RIGHT. We can never know exactly what went on, but it from the air of the reports coupled with interviews, it sounds like someone pulled the carpet out from under Ross at last minute.  This shit happens all the time in Hollywood, it’s typical studio stunt pulled on artists, and they’re expected to just smile and move on. But as fans we recognize it as unfair and disrespectful to the guy who just delivered this great film to us. And we know our numbers are mighty. So, let fans make a ruckus for a while and see if it does anything. It’s worth a shot. In the least, it’s allows fans a platform to show their appreciation for his work.

So, you know, if y’all haven’t seen it yet, add your message of love to! *sticks on Team Gary hat* *waves pom poms*

let’s talk about Katniss & Haymitch


& 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.

good? good.

[this includes significant spoilers for The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, & Mockingjay]

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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!!!

THE NEWS BUNDLE: Director Gary Ross Now Uncertain For 'The Hunger Games' Sequel 'Catching Fire' As Money Becomes Issue in Negotiations


While Gary Ross has publicly revealed that he was working on Catching Fire, it appears that not all is as it seems. After a gigantic opening weekend, followed by a triumphant second week, The Hunger Games is a worldwide phenomenon that people have swooned over, and many are already looking forward to the sequel. Whiel we’ve seen that a certain other sequel could delay production, it turns out that Lionsgate also has a hard task of negotiating with Ross, including the fact that there’s some trouble in the process already.

Okay all this reporting coming out today about Ross halting negotiations for Catching Fire because he’s asking for more money are ABSURDLY SKEWED. Fans need to calm down and gain some perspective on this for a second and stop ranting at the guy that just gave them a hugely successful and near flawless movie. Who do you THINK pockets all that money made in the box office?

Guys, Ross had a contractual salary of $3 million for the first movie to write and direct. It’s already made $366 million in its first two weekends (Lionsgate only shelled out $80 million for it), and came in #3 for all time biggest opening weekend ever. OF COURSE, he’s going to negotiate for more the second time around after this one has been such a huge success. He did a magnificent and BRILLIANT job. He devoted at least like two years to the thing. By all accounts, including the final product he has to show for it, he worked like a WORKHORSE over it to get it just right. He DESERVES to take home more of the earnings. It’s Lionsgate who’s suddenly being the stingy bitch if they don’t feel like paying a top director’s salary to the guy that literally saw them to the top of the box office records. 

Stop being mad at Ross, he made the most GORGEOUS film he could have, and you know what, he didn’t have to. This is not about him being greedy. This is about him being an artist working in a medium that costs a lot of time and money and every once in a blue moon can pay a lot if successful. Why should he not ask for more after delivering for them so well? Why should Lionsgate not have the loyalty to say, “hey you gave us this fantastic movie that critics and fans alike loved, that also ran as a hugely successful blockbuster (a combination that is absolutely unheard of!) and put us on the map to compete with big movie houses for the first time ever, of course we’ll give you what you deserve for the second film!”?

Screaming that an artist is greedy for standing up for their creative work and worth is incredibly silly, especially a guy like Ross, who’s done like two films in the past fifteen years. He’s not exactly churning them out. He obviously picks the scripts he picks that he cares about. But that doesn’t mean he should roll over like a dog and take whatever Lionsgate is offering him after his latest movie just hit record box office openings.

Someone is pocketing all of this revenue money. As a fan, I’d rather it go to the creative minds that gave me a 144 minute movie of gold and made it a success. There are countless numbers of far lesser movies being churned out every year by lazy directors making far more. If you want to be mad at someone, be mad at them. That’s worthless money being wasted.

Most likely, this is all press being stupid. But it’s not unheard of, if Lionsgate wants to pocket just as much money next time around and wants to hire a smaller director  they can pay them less and doesn’t give a shit about the job they do on it. (I wonder where Nina Jacobson is on this, did her company buy rights to all the books at once or just the first one? I do hope she doesn’t let herself get priced out.)

But this is what happens with first installments that do well. They don’t gamble with something they don’t know how it will do in the box office. Jennifer Lawrence, for example, reportedly was paid $500,000 for the role. Expect her to re-negotiate for the next movie as well. Would you really snub her for trying to do so? Bet you she’ll be asking for more than $3 million and as much as I love Jlaw, her salary shouldn’t be more than the director.  (I’m hoping for the actors sakes they all have good contracts and can re-negotiate easily. Just because you’re in the big leagues now, Lionsgate, shouldn’t mean you start stooping to their tactics. Though, I fear that may be exactly what we’re in for.)

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“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).

John Green: I Saw The Hunger Games Last Night


I’m late, but in my defense I was on planes much of the last five days.

So a quick prefatory comment: I’m quoted on the back of The Hunger Games for nice things I said about the first book in the New York Times Book Review when it came out, so obviously I like the book. Back then, I remember thinking that if a movie adaptation ever happened (it seemed unlikely to me; I didn’t yet know it would have a huge audience), it would make me sad, because so much of what the novel expertly examines is the fraught relationship between viewers and the viewed in a world dominated by screens. But in fact I thought the movie did a really good job of this, largely because Jennifer Lawrence’s performance was to my mind so intricate and complex and nuanced and just good.

In the years since I wrote that initial review, my opinion of the book has risen steadily. (This is also true for another book I reviewed in the NYTBR, The Book Thief.) Like, if i could go back and review The Hunger Games now, I would probably be even more breathless and enthusiastic than I originally was about the book, because in retrospect it was smarter and more interesting than I noticed in my first couple readings.

What I find most interesting about both book and movie is not whatever lame/obvious things THG has to say about reality television or the exploitative relationship between producers and consumers of everything from coal to entertainment.

What is very, very interesting to me is the ways in which the plot of both book and movie explore the extremely complicated and ethically fraught relationship between observer and observed—the way resource-laden Person X paying attention to the plight of resource-deprived Person Y shapes both the lives of Person X and Person Y. (The most interesting moment in the movie to me is when Katniss gets the salve from a sponsor that allows her to survive: Lawrence’s complicated thank you in that moment is maybe even more evocative than in the book. Katniss is benefiting from the generosity of the rich, but she only needs this generosity because the social order that created the wealth is also the social order that put her in the games.)

Like, what Collins explores with real brilliance is that most social orders are more or less designed to be unjust because they are less concerned with justice than they are with stability.

And when you yourself are the victim of this injustice, you’re aware in a heightened way of what gets sacrificed in the name of stability. But the vast majority of people benefit from stability, or at least feel that it is better than taking a chance at instability. (And in this respect, we’re not entirely wrong. Like, it’s still unclear whether the radically unjust but relatively stable rule of a Hosni Mubarak, for instance, will be replaced by something better.)

On this front, I thought Jennifer Lawrence brought a lot of complexity and ambiguity to Katniss: As viewers of the movie, we are never quite sure of the extent to which her love for Peeta is shaped by the morally fraught relationship between observer and observed. I thought this couldn’t work on screen, but in the end it does, because even more than in the book, we as viewers are aware that we are participants in the observer:observed relationship.

It’s not only the people of Panem who are watching The Hunger Games.


It reinforces everything you thought about teenage girls in high school — There’s no denying Katniss is a badass. And she’s smart, kind, and confident (most of the time). I loved her. But she’s also vulnerable, stubborn, and moody. And worst of all, she’s TOTALLY OBLIVIOUS when it comes to affairs of the heart. She’s every girl you had a crush on in high school…who just wanted to be friends. So reading this book provides a good retrospective look behind the curtain. And what you find confirms what you probably already knew: Girls are silly, even when they’re awesome. (Side note: Katniss delivers my favorite line in the whole novel: “Stupid people are dangerous.” Indeed.)

A Dude’s Guide to The Hunger Games  (via bookriot)

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? 

(via saintclairs)

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.

EXACTLY, KBELL. EXACTLY. I feel like I’ll be getting alot of mileage out of these GIFs over the next couple months…years. whatever. oh god, being a fan of book and movie serials is the worst, this is why I stick to tv where the hardest wait is a three month hiatus. damn you, suzanne collins! 


This is kind of hilarious and amazing.

UNTIL FRIDAY, THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD. BEANIE BABY HUNGER GAMES. Whatever your brain is thinking, it’s ten times better than that. I’M SERIOUS. My sympathies to all fanmade HG films everywhere, you’ve just been upstaged by STUFFED BEAN ANIMALS.


The Hunger Games cast interview: Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks accomplishes the one thing Suzanne Collins didn’t. Makes me LOVE Effie. A++, Banks. And what she says about Woody as Haymitch? I WAS SO SKEPTICAL until the four second Haymitch clip BTS video. And then I just spazzed out at how perfect it was. AND CAESAR OMG ISN’T CAESAR FANTASTICALLY CAESAR??? Getting the main characters right is one thing, but getting the supporting cast perfect too is the mark of some truly awe-inspiring magic, ALL my love for how many of the details seem to have come together perfectly. FRIDAY YOU CAN NOT GET HERE FAST ENOUGH.


Kristen Bell on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Talking about her fannish love for the Hunger Games trilogy. Fandoms collide! I love how she legit has NO APOLOGIES for her love of it either, with her “You haven’t read them, you don’t KNOW”. Also, “I thought this is it, this is the piece of literature we’ll look back on in a hundred years ago as the best thing we’ve ever written.” OH KBell, how I love you in this moment, I AM IN FULL AGREEMENT ON THIS. People think I’m being silly but I’M REALLY NOT. Do you catch how this little girl was reading it so Dex didn’t want to read it BUT THEN HE LOVED THEM ANYWAY??? When was the last time we had a book that appealed across so many demographics like that?