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The Girl Who Was On Fire

1hunger6There is too much fake and not enough real. Paradoxical message from a Hollywood movie.
The Hunger Games are set in a dystopian future. I’m afraid we’re already living it to some degree, we’re just not ready to admit it.

1. Each country already has their own Capitol, their seat of power.

2. The rich and powerful control the media who tell people what to think, feel, buy, worry about…go buy more while we ruin, er, run your country. Corporations post record profits selling us mostly junk.
Don’t look at the man behind the curtain.

3. Rich Hollywood people make these films to tell us extravagance is wrong…what designer was JLaw wearing to the Oscars? Hypocrisy, how yummy.

4. Don’t approve of governments and corporations? Reward them.

5. Resistance is met with disdain or force or the most insidious trick, mockery. When people protest they’re surveilled, beaten, pepper-sprayed, jailed, threatened, mocked, but banks and companies steal billions of dollars and they get  rewarded.

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After Harry1hunger24 Potter became a marketing phenom, Hollywood got serious about picking books to turn into more phenoms. Then more merchandise. And books about the books and movies like The Girl Who Was On Fire (Smart Pop/BenBella), which is actually a cool collection of authors discussing The Hunger Games in some insightful and highly amusing ways. For fans or those bewildered by the extreme obsessiveness of fans this may help. Edited by Leah Wilson, this offers perceptive essays from Sarah Rees Brennan, Blythe Woolston Ned Vizzini, Jackson Pearce, Diana Peterfreund, and more.

Catching Fire was awesome, I can’t believe how much better the movies are than the books and I say this almost never.
Jennifer Lawrence was great. Love Woody Harrelson in like, everything. Philip Seymour Hoffman was riveting.

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Donald Sutherland exudes malicious political monster appeal. The cast is fun to watch.
As much as I enjoyed The Hunger Games the sequel outshines it. I hope the Mockingjay movies are even better.

The Hunger Games is a love story, but not Katniss and Peeta (Peeniss or Katpee, ummm, clearly Collins wasn’t thinking of celebrity couple names when she wrote this). No, not Katniss and Gale either; more Katniss and Prim, and Katniss and Katniss.

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Katniss was an ordinary person put into an extraordinary position. She reluctantly became a heroine, with hope as her greatest weapon in The Arena and outside it. Yes, in the end she triumphed, the day was won, but at what cost? Everything has a price, often by the time we find out what that price is, it’s too late.

These books/movies are about sacrifice, choices, loss, and power.
These books aren’t so much fantasy as horror.
About people’s gullibility – just how much you can sell them, figuratively and literally.
A scary bedtime story about giving up control to those who don’t care about you except as a worker and consumer.
A Battle Royale (wink, wink) between the classes where sometimes there’s virtually no reality.

I’m always fascinated by our disconnect.
How can people, especially young people watch and read these and then not vote?
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Put down their smartphones long enough to say, no, it’s our present and our future you’re destroying, we care!

Real or not real? All choices must be made.

“Things are seldom what they seem, skim milk masquerades as cream.” ~W.S. Gilbert

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4 thoughts on “The Girl Who Was On Fire

    1. I didn’t enjoy the books, but I like the movies although that might be the cast more than anything. I find this phenoms more a trick of marketing prowess than anything, there are much better books and movies that are ignored. People don’t know what they’re missing while being slack-jawed. 😉

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