I know the past week and a half have been sparse on here and manic in my real life, so this little present is vastly overdue, but belated gifts sometimes make for the best surprises, right?
Many of you have reached out to support me in my new healing ministry endeavor, whether by donating funds, reblogging my fundraiser posts, or offering prayers, well-wishes, or simply positive thoughts, and much as I’d like to give each of you a plump goody-bag bursting with thank-you treats, I’m currently clinging to my last $50 and watching the week creep (far too slowly!) toward Friday. :P So I got this crazy idea that what you all might really like, even more than very good coffee and jars of cookie butter, is another bit of When the Moon…………
What follows is the second scene from the still-in-progress Ch 12 (the preceding scene is here, if you haven’t seen it yet or want to reread it for some context before starting this one). You’ve seen a couple of tiny tidbits from this sequence already, but the bits in-between just may contain spoilery stuff. ;) Consider yourselves (affectionately) warned.
If you could spend a day with any of the Hunger Games characters, who would it be and why? Also, I <3 you! :)
Right back at you! :D
I’m torn between Katniss and Peeta, but I suspect Katniss would prefer to escape into the woods alone than to be saddled with some stranger all day, so I’ll go with Peeta. Picking his brain on pretty much every subject I could think of, getting baking and painting tips, and then sitting and either drawing with him or helping him make bread would be a dream come true.
There are aspects of Katniss that feel somewhat familiar, but there are so many things about Peeta that I admire and would love to emulate, I think that I’d really benefit from the chance to soak up his outlook on things.
Barring that obvious choice, I would choose Mags, because I’d love to hear about the early years of Panem, and how the Games evolved and changed its people. I also wonder if she’d have stories her parents told her from the Dark Days.
Great question, thanks!
At what point in reading The Hunger Games (or seeing the movie, if you haven’t read the books) did you decide that you liked it? What helped make this decision? Also, I <3 you! :)
I was hooked a few pages in. The bit about Buttercup and entrails certainly got my attention, and had me hoping that Katniss would be a unique and refreshing heroine. I worried that the passage may just signal the beginning of a long string of stereotypical ‘badass hardened female’ anecdotes, inserted purely for shock value, but the next few pages happily proved otherwise.
Her description of the way she’d learned to keep her head down and mouth shut within the district, and the docile facade she’d adapted, were a much more realistic portrayal of someone living under an oppressive regime than a fearless youth ‘destined’ to change the world (whom rarely suffers realistic consequences for their actions) would have been, and I was delighted and surprised, having seen the latter in far too many YA stories.
The last detail that sold me completely about Katniss, made me care what happened to her, and really made me want to hear her story, was the part about the lynx. There’s a connection between her and this animal, something rare and out if the ordinary, but she won’t even allow herself to really consider it. Instead, she knows she has to kill it and does, all for a better chance at survival for her family. When she’s describing it, we only get a few sentences. Katniss downplays its significance, calling the lynx crazy, and saying she “almost” regretted it, because he was good company.
This tiny section really mattered to me. Living a very bleak existence, constantly in dire straits, wouldn’t you want something a little extraordinary, something special only for you? She had the chance at something like that, in the form of a friendship of sorts with the lynx, and she wouldn’t let herself have it. Her family means more, and by sixteen, she’s become well used to firmly shutting the door on ‘what ifs’ and any sort of fanciful notions.
If she had allowed herself to think about it, I think Katniss would have regretted the necessity of killing the lynx greatly. But she knows that it’s easier and her family is best served if she keeps an iron-fisted control on her emotions and a narrow focus throughout her daily life.
That sort of sacrifice and survivalism, her unflinching acceptance of the burden of keeping her family alive, and the narrative voice that rang so real and true had me hooked, and I remember I had to get up and walk around for a few minutes because I was so excited to read her tale, I couldn’t sit still. I knew the book was going to wreck me. As Peeta would say, I was a goner. :)
Thank you so much for your wonderful questions anon, I love you too!
I think what people fail to realize is that Katniss was basically manipulated and forced into being with Peeta. She did not do this on her own free will and if, lets say, the games didn't ever happen, she would have never chosen Peeta. Ever. It would have always been Gale.
NO NO NO NO
"I know this would have happened anyway." Katniss tells you herself. She says plain and simple that what she needs to survive is NOT Gale’s fire, kindled with rage and hatred, but the dandelion in the spring. Let me remind you that she already had a connection to Peeta before the Games- the moment with the bread. She already associated him with warmth and hope and dandelions. She paid attention to him over the years, more closely than she even realized. Peeta was always there in her periphery.
Katniss and Gale are so fundamentally different that their relationship never would have worked out. Even in the very first book, their values are different: "You know how to kill." "Not people." "How different can it be, really?" This exchange makes Katniss very uncomfortable, and it’s the first sign that she and Gale are on different ethical pages.
I could say so much more on the subject but it’s giving me a headache. To say that Peeta manipulated Katniss and she really loved Gale goes completely against the books. It’s lazy reading and wish fulfillment for those who prefer Gale. But the proof is there in black and white: “This would have happened anyway.”
HOW does one miss the entire point of the book? Katniss “chose” Peeta because she could honestly say she loved him. Sure, she would have ended up with Gale if it weren’t for the games, but Gale’s just too full of hatred and anger. She needs someone good and kind because she’s already got enough anger. I look at it as sort of a lesson that Suzanne was trying to teach to society. The answer to resolving oppression and hatred is not to retaliate with more hatred and violence. Suzanne’s sole purpose behind the entire story and the “love story” was the idea of consequences of war. Nothing gets better if the only solution is violence. And that’s where Peeta comes in. He teaches her that there can be light, and more that just darkness. A perfect example of this is Katniss not wanting children. In the beginning of the books, Katniss views Panem as a dark, awful place that she would never want to bring a child into and you can tell that she just can’t view the world in any other way. Until Peeta. Even through the destruction of a war, Peeta prefers not to resort to violence. He’s the dandelion. The light. He inspires Katniss to fight for a better world while Gale’s angry rants tend to go through one of Katniss’ ears and out the other. She even says so herself. It’s Peeta’s words of peace that stick with her.
Bottom line, Katniss and Peeta are just meant to be together, because that’s the moral Suzanne’s trying to teach. There’s just no possible way to twist the story so that Katniss and Gale end up together and still get the lesson out of the story that Suzanne intended. Suzanne wrote Peeta to be innocent and kind. Simple as that. No need to dig any deeper into the story to prove otherwise. Though it is true that no real person is that kind, that’s how he was written. Just because real people are manipulative and generally have a darker side, that doesn’t mean Peeta does. You just can’t argue with what the author says and I feel like trying to discredit any of Peeta’s genuine actions would disappoint Suzanne. It just goes to show that you’re more invested in the love triangle or the story itself than the themes and morals behind it instead.
Okay what I think the ask is saying, is that if Peeta and Katniss were never in the games, she wouldn’t have chosen him… True…. Peeta and Katniss didn’t run in the same circles before the games.
But a woman might not have married her husband if she hadn’t taken the wrong bus, or two people might not have fallen in love if they didn’t sign up for the same class or perhaps my parents wouldn’t have married had they not met at a mutual friend’s wedding.
Had Katniss and Peeta never been in the games, nothing would probably be different, district 13 would have tried an uprising of course which would probably lead to the attacks on district 13 alone again, had the other districts rebelled, Katniss may have found herself mid war and she probably would either die in the war or escaped to the woods. However she never wanted to marry Gale, even when she said “Gale is mine and I am his” she meant it in the way of it was always the two of us, and I can see why she would want it to be that way, especially since she was going through so much transition
Last time I checked Katniss was fully capable of making her own choices and she wanted Peeta.
Go away with your nonsense.
I’d also like to add that I don’t think she would’ve have ended up with Gale anyway even if it weren’t for the Games and Peeta. She’d already made up her mind at that point that she didn’t want to have kids or even get married. I doubt that spending more time with Gale even without getting to know Peeta more would have worn her down in that regard.
SSS from the currently untitled Zombie AU for ghtlovesthg
She accepted that Peeta Mellark was dead months ago. Or, she came as close to accepting it as she could. She still wears the ring he gave her, though it’s on a chain around her neck, now. Easier to keep it safe that way, tucked into her shirt. Resting against her heart. And she’s used to seeing the faces of her dead loved ones by now.
Only, they usually look hungry, not happy to see her. And it would be particularly hard for one of the Lost to get down here. Underground. Where they claim that it’s safe. Katniss had to go through several screenings to be allowed access. Had to have her blood taken and scanned twice.
I'm gonna go with Peeta/Katniss?
- Peeta’s hope and Katniss’ fire uniting being symbolic of what was needed to carve out a better world. THG suggests what’s needed to fight oppression is both the anger and action of a rebellion and the hope of rebirth. Their love wasn’t about saving the day, but rather, an added dimension of the themes of the story.
- Their interwoven arcs. Katniss needed to open up her heart to love and fight her fears and Peeta needed to have his sense of self tested. Katniss survived by building up a wall to hear heart and Peeta survived by building a self that couldn’t be stolen. Katniss is emotionally destroyed and Peeta looses himself. Through each other, Katniss and Peeta overcome these challenges and are better for it.
- Katniss and Peeta represent the fact that trauma, no matter how horrible, doesn’t automatically destroy you. Katniss and Peeta are irreversibly changed as people because of what they went through but that doesn’t mean they were broken pieces unable to live meaningfully again. TGH rejects the idea that people are forever broken and that healing is always possible.
- The way they complete each other. Peeta wanted to hold the capital responsible for what they did to Rue and created a picture of her. Katniss continued the message by making them remember by the hanged man. Peeta was inspired to do what he did because of Katniss’ acts of love and Katniss was inspired by his act of courage to complete the messages. They complement each other so well.
- THEY PROTECT EACH OTHER. REAL. THERE AREN’T CAPLOCKS ENOUGH FOR THIS BUT HERE GOES: LDKFJWOA83U0EFSIODFJDFEASD