Mar. 14, 2014
You know, what I find interesting, is there is at least two works in the past fifteen years or so about kids killing each other, mostly isolated from any adult supervision.
What’s the classic example of that? Lord of the Flies.
When I studied that in grade eight, it was held up as this example of society, a look at what we would be like without authority. (Written by an old white British dude raise your hand if you’re surprised.)
So, lets look at Battle Royale and Hunger Games as the modern-day version of that.
What’s the key distance that time has made with these microcosms of children murdering children?
These days, it’s not being shown that we default to savage murder without authority. These works show authority forcing us into it.
I think that’s fucking fascinating.
And much more accurate.
Nov. 1, 2013
People are looking at you, Katniss. You’ve given them an opportunity. They just have to be brave enough to take it.
(Source: eeverdean, via fuckyeahthehungergames)
Oct. 19, 2013
Well ain’t that the truth though lol. #CatchingFire #HungerGames
Sep. 23, 2013
submitted by paperbackscausemetrauma
(I’m submitting this because it’s waay too long to fit in a message)
You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s been bothering me for ages and I wanted to say it.
Going by basic grade 10 biology, it should be obvious that most people, by the time of Katniss’s Panem, would have the colouration or features of the current North to Mid Indians- meaning, light to mid brown skin, similar hair, and grey-black-brown eyes (southern Indians are much darker due to their vicinity to the equator). Basically, exactly what is described in the books.
Due to Panem’s (presumably) low population (see; Beetee’s concern in Mockingjay), offspring produced by distantly incestuous relationships would be the norm. As any biology student could tell you, DARK skin and Dark hair and DARK eyes are the genetic standard, and any lighter coloured features- blonde hair, green eyes- are a mutation. In an area of low and diminishing population- for example, District 12-, the chances of these mutations would be increasingly small, as they would be breeded out, which means very few people in Katniss’s world would be the typically described ‘Aryan’. I.e., the very small merchant class. The majority of the people- the Seam (KATNISS)- would have olive skin. Not ‘dark white’, not ‘tanned’: BROWN.
Even with the world’s current population, we are experiencing this phenomenon- redheads are expected to be extinct with a century- so imagine how much faster this would happen in a population of their size. (If this is happening, with our current population of roughly seven billion, so quickly, imagine how fast it would be, given that it is about five hundred year between the present day and Katniss’s time, and that her entire world has a population of 1-2 million).
Considering the USA’s current ratio of ‘dark-skinned’ to ‘white’ people, the chances of this happening, and thus the majority of the characters in the Hunger Games being dark skinned, are even higher, proving that the cast of the movies are undoubtedly whitewashed. I mean, if one fourteen year old girl can rationalise Katniss’s race in under 2000 words, why can’t the hundreds of people working on the Hunger Games franchise figure this out?
(btw the answer is whitewashing and erasure)
hey look I found a picture of exactly how Katniss would look as a kid (ignoring the eyes):
Jul. 19, 2013
Pretty Upset About Rue and Thresh
Alright, here Tumblr, it’s my turn to wank about The Hunger Games after having just read the whole first book yesterday.If you haven’t read it already, expect spoilers, or for some things not to make sense to you.
I’m pretty upset about the characters Rue and Thresh. No, I’m not one of the assholes from Twitter with panties all in a twist over the fact that they are being played by black actors. Of course they are being played by black actors - the characters are black in the book, being described as having “dark brown skin” and “dark thick hair.”
I’m upset because Rue and Thresh, the only characters in the The Hunger Games who are explicitly described as dark-skinned people, are textbook examples of the Magical Negro trope. Click the link for a brief explanation of what that means if you aren’t familiar with the racist archetype.
First of all, let’s take a look at Rue and the role she plays in THG. She is a slight, pre-teen girl whose strengths are tree-climbing, stealth, and knowledge of edible and medicinal plants. Every single one of her strengths and character traits is tailored to advance Katniss through the plot.
Aside from the initial mentions establishing her existence and foreshadowing her plot importance, Rue’s first true appearance in THG comes at the exact moment that Katniss is stuck in a tree surrounded by enemies, and she only survives the encounter thanks to Rue’s observation about the genetically-altered wasps’ nest above.
A few tracker jacker stings and two-days of venom-induced nightmares later, Katniss encounters Rue again. Rue is designed to be the only character who could possibly sneak up on Katniss and tug at her heart strings. Rue reminds Katniss of her sister Prim, who Katniss loves so much that she volunteered for the Hunger Games in her stead and even accidentally refers to Rue as Prim in her thoughts. Rue also happens to show up equipped the exact medicinal knowledge that Katniss needs to heal the stings, right then and there. These herbs end up serving Katniss’s ends well after Rue is dead.
Another major advancement for Katniss was her destruction of the Career pack’s supply camp, which was made possible only by Rue’s ability to travel quickly and stealthily through the pine forest while lighting the distraction fires. Oh yeah, and the fact that Rue had been spying on their camp and had some invaluable intel to offer on the matter. It also just so happens that Rue knows exactly how to use the one item Katniss is carrying that Katniss doesn’t know how to use: the night-vision glasses.
Basically, one is hard press to name a single thing about Rue that isn’t one-mindedly engineered to advance Katniss. Even her seemingly unique love for music simply harkens back to Katniss’s relationship with her deceased father. Even the little girl’s shy but eager personality just seems tacked on to give us a reason to be sad when she is inevitably killed off.
The way hear death was handled was perhaps the most upsetting thing to me about her treatment: she was killed the instant the plot no longer needed her, not a moment later. To be fair, every character died the moment the plot didn’t need them anymore; however, only Rue’s death was used to develop Katniss’s character. Every other death comes off as incidental.
Which brings me to Thresh, the boy from the same district as Rue. After his introduction, we don’t see hide nor hair of him for practically the whole book until he becomes necessary as a plot device to save Katniss. He literally lunges out of the woods the moment Katniss becomes incapable of saving her own life from Clove, successfully annihilates her assailant, and only stops short of killing Katniss as well because Rue. I don’t even feel like I have to finish that sentence. It is simply because Rue. Next time we hear mention of Thresh, he’s on the body count.
I would also like to point out that the only explicitly dark-skinned characters are from the farming district where whipping is the primary form of punishment, a fact that brings Katniss momentary pause to contemplate her relative good-fortune in relation to these people (which smacks of white guilt or something like it).
I’m bad at writing conclusions, but this is Tumblr, not the academy, so whatever. That is basically what I read, and it super bums me out.
Is the impact of the Magical Negro stereotype mitigated if Katniss is read as biracial or as a woman of color? Would the fixation on the races of the actors or on the characters have been lessened if The Hunger Games had more diversity in its main characters as a whole? Do you think Suzanne Collins was aware of the Magical Negro stereotype—or the implications of a character of color dying to drive a white character’s story forward—as she wrote these scenes in The Hunger Games?
(Source: shesawtheblog, via katnissisoliveskinneddealwithit)