How uncomfortable were you reading about the Capitol’s obsession with the games and the Tributes? It read like a parody of the West’s obsession with reality shows and those participating in them. The irony of the lavish food, clothing, and interviews being as much a part of the show as training the Tributes to kill, the Avoxes, and all the technology in place to keep them from jumping off buildings was interesting.
I also wondered if there were Hunger Games South America, Africa, or Asia like there is America’s Next Top Model, or American Idol.
How, she wondered, did Cinna came to be comparatively normal being a stylist in the Capitol.
Big, big, big, big day! in the words of Effie Trinket, the escort of the tributes of District 12. Effie knows the ropes, but we of JSI are going down uncharted territory as we’ve never done a group read. I’ll throw out some questions and I’m sure the others will chime in with clever insights and sharp wit.
Off the top of my head, looking at Katniss’s circumstances, which Austen heroine does she most resemble?
Same question about Gale and Peeta. No, you know I meant which hero(es) do they resemble. Sheesh, this is going to rough. 😉
Katniss called the place, “the artificial candy capitol.” And it seems to be, but the affected ways of the people seem to closely mirror our own Hollywood. And the affected speech of the prep team is a lot like the Devonshire Drawl, a slanguage of the Cavendish clan in Georgian England.
Everything new has a past.
I am enjoying the way that Suzanne Collins really knows how to realistically up the ante when it comes to her plot. Each step in the story raises the stakes for particularly Katniss and Peeta, but the other Tributes as well.
If you’re a writer, you know this isn’t always so easy.
So, take your pick and comment on all aspects of just one. We will be in and out all day commenting as well. Scroll down for other new posts.
Take care–Susan Kaye