It’s very rare that something from fanfiction makes me go: THE FUCK DID I JUST READ?
TW: child molester, rape
Fandom: The Hunger Games
"3 years after the hunger games hayMitch became a child molester. One night haymitch kidnapped prim. He took her to his house in the victors village and tied her to his bed. Then haymitch striped naked right in front of prim. Haymitch then climed into bed next to prim he began kissing her neck prim tried to resit be haymitch had her."
Peeta will solve every problem with camouflage.
(this one made more sense in my head)
I saw The Hunger Games Friday afternoon, and it was good. Just good. But the part that got to me, of course, was when Rue was killed. When it happened, the first thing I thought was, She is Trayvon Martin. She was a child. She was hunted. She was hunted by aggressors much more powerful than she. She dies from a wound to the chest. In a society that allows the murder of its own children.
Then I read the racist reactions to Rue and her character’s death, which range frompeople either being angry that a black girl was playing someone “good” and “innocent” to people being not that sad over her death now that they understood she was black, which made it clear to me that other people were also making a connection between Rue and Trayvon, however subconsciously. Only instead of that reaction being “This is a child who was hunted and killed and that’s unacceptable,” it’s “Because this character is black, I care less about her death.”
What I’ve been stewing over for the last few weeks is exactly that, that there’s a sickening bottom line in this country, and it is simply that certain people’s lives are valued less than others. I don’t know how we continue on as a society knowing this. Because a society where mothers of black boys have to worry that when their children run out for candy, they might never come back–that society is broken. A society where the Muslim mother of five children could be beaten to death in her own bed where her killer left a note that reads “go back to your country, you terrorist” is a society that demands to be fixed. Every piece of legislation that criminalizes a person’s skin color–whether with regard to immigration or homeland security or law enforcement–needs to be challenged. Every cultural message that says one race is “less than” another needs to be checked. Is it a movie we’re watching about a dystopia that doesn’t give a shit about its disenfranchised or are we living it? The line for me has become increasingly blurred.
Here are a few links I’ve leaned on to try to make sense of it all:
How do you explain the killing of Trayvon Martin to your own son? Apology to My Brown Boy, by poet and mental health advocate Bassey Ikpi [Bassey’s World]
An insightful examination by a white man of how white privilege works: Whites Should be Suspicious about Trayvon Martin’s Death, by Christian minister Bob Bixby [Pensées]
On the different rules black men have to live by: Trayvon Martin, my son, and The Black Male Code, by AP national writer on race/ethnicity Jesse Washington [AP]
Tearing up the picture of the pope 2.0: An open letter on the killing of Trayvon Martin by Sinead O’Connor [Sinead O’Connor website]
When good is never good enough: No Apologies: On The Killing of Trayvon Martin And Being “Good,” by Danielle Belton, aka The Black Snob [The Black Snob]
Feel free to add more links related to this in the comments section below. And if you haven’t done so already, please join the other 2 million+ people who have signed this change.org petition to bring George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin’s killer, to justice.
|Peeta (inner thoughts):||I have THE weirdest boner right now.|
I need the next 2 books now, so we can continue our conversation. MORE FEELINGS!
If they’d just released the entire trilogy in one 7 hour long event, I would die of feelings.
I would be dead, and blogging from the afterlife.
Yes, I agree with you about the changes they made. I was really looking forward to seeing the muttations, but then after watching the movie, I realized that I wouldn’t sleep for days because of the the terror they’d give me. I had all le FEELINGS!
If they’d had those messed up human faces on the dogs, I would probably have to up my sleepy time meds dosage. That shit is scary!
I haven’t stopped having feelings over this movie at all.
The English Major Armadillo in me thoroughly enjoys doing multiple close readings of both the film and the novel. NERRRRRD cred.
I fear for the future as well. Isn’t this stuff unbelievable?
Here’s what scares me…
All these… people… read the Hunger Games. Clearly, they all fell in love with and cared about Rue. Though what they really fell in love with was an image of Rue that they’d created in their minds. A girl that they knew they could love and adore and mourn at the thought of knowing that she’s been brutally killed.
And then the casting is revealed (or they go see the movie) and they’re shocked to see that Rue is black. Now… this is so much more than, “Oh, she’s bigger than I thought”. The reactions are all based on feelings of disgust.
These people are MAD that the girl that they cried over while reading the book was “some black girl” all along. So now they’re angry. Wasted tears, wasted emotions. It’s sad to think that had they known that she was black all along, there would have been so sorrow or sadness over her death.
There are MAJOR TIE-INS to these reactions and the injustices that we see around the world today. I don’t even need to spell it out because I know that you’re all a smart bunch.
This is a BIG problem. Think of all the murdered children. Think of all the missing children that get NO SCREEN TIME on the news.
It is NOT a coincidence.
THIS is the purpose of my blog… and to also point out shitty reading comprehension. LOL
This is all I’m going to post about Hunger Games until I finish the book. hungergametweets response was perfect so I had to reblog.
And I want to go see it again.
I figured that it wouldn’t line up quite that well with the novel, and I expected that. I’m glad that Suzanne Collins was in on the screenplay because THAT’S HOW IT’S DONE, the end product gets to be something that can hold its own.
It’s one of those movies that, if the novel were assigned as mandatory reading in school, and the student just skips the reading and watches the movie instead will have that student absolutely fail whatever test comes their way on the subject.
Out of the people I went with to see the movie, I was the only one who’d bothered with the book, and in the end I was the only one with lots of feels about what had changed. Spoilers coming up.
First off, Madge. Essential in the book, not essential in the movie. There, I said it. It is a 2 hour long movie, and that was an acceptable omission.
Next, Haymitch making a fool of himself during the reaping. Less acceptable omission.
It makes it too easy for him to get shit done in the movie, and the whole dynamic between Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch is changed. Well, not changed, more … . non existent. There are just layers of trust and understanding between Katniss and Haymitch that are just glossed over in the movie, and that just wasn’t the best way to tell that part of the story.
Cinna. See above paragraph, replace “Haymitch” with “Cinna.”
Katniss’ relationship with her mother. So much story, not enough movie. This is a shame because Paula Malcomson does really well with the damaged Mother/Daughter relationship, as seen in Caprica. Hopefully, they’ll flesh that out more in the coming movies, especially The Mockingjay.
The Muttations! I am on the fence about this one. On the one hand, the psychological toll it takes on Katniss to come face to face the recently dead tributes is such a powerful moment in the novel, but if that had been portrayed in the movie, I would have had nightmares.
Lastly, Peeta’s leg. Unacceptable omission, end of story.
The story of how Peeta falls for Katniss was changed, and I would have liked the full thing wedged in there. It’s jut so damn sweet, but we just couldn’t have it all.
For an interesting read here is a list of differences between the book and the movie.
“What? You’re making that up!” I exclaim.
“No, true story,” Peeta says. “And I said, ‘A coal miner? Why did she want a coal miner if she could’ve had you?’ And he said, ‘Because when he sings… even the birds stop to list.’”
“That’s true. They do. I mean, they did,” I say. I’m stunned and surprisingly moved, thinking of the baker telling this to Peeta. It strikes me that my own reluctance to sing, my own dismissal of music might no really be that I think it’s a waste of time. It might be cause it reminds me too much of my father.
“So that day, in music assembly, the teacher asked who knew the valley song. Your hand shot right up in the air. She stood you up on a stool and had you sing it for us. And I swear, every bird outside the windows fell silent,” Peeta says.
“Oh, please,” I say, laughing.
“No, it happened. And right when your song ended, I knew - just like your mother - I was a goner,” Peeta says. “Then for the next eleven years, I tried to work up the nerve to talk to you.
“Without success,” I add.
“Without success. So, in a way, my name being drawn in the reaping was a real piece of luck,” says Peeta.
For a moment, I’m almost foolishly happy and the confusion sweeps over me. Because we’re supposed to be making up this stuff, playing at being in love, not actually being in love. But Peeta’s story has a ring of truth to it. That part about my father and the birds. And I did sing the first day of school, although I don’t remember the song. And that red plaid dress… there was one, a hand-me-down to Prim that got washed to rags after my father’s death.
It would explain another thing, too. Why Peeta took a beating to give me the bread on that awful hollow day. So, if those details are true… could it all be true?