Thursday, April 12, 2012
I learned a long time ago that life often introduces young people to situations they are in no way prepared for, even good girls, lucky girls who want for nothing. Sometimes, when you least expect it, you become the girl in the woods. You lose your name because another one is forced on you. You think you are alone until you find books about girls like you. Salvation is certainly among the reasons I read. Reading and writing have always pulled me out of the darkest experiences in my life. Stories have given me a place in which to lose myself. They have allowed me to remember. They have allowed me to forget. They have allowed me to imagine different endings and better possible worlds.

From Roxane Gay’s superb, truly incredible essay on strength, stories, and the Hunger Games. (via mollitudo)

Read this.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

morerobots:

I have collected so many articles on the Hunger Games about race, disability, and female portrayal. I am going to compile them all here. I know there are some missing, because unlike good librarians, I didn’t make a book mark folder (good going cait!). 

race:

White Until Proven Black: Imagining Race In The Hunger Games

Katniss Is Olive-Skinned, Deal With It (loved this one, a more personal post - check out the rest of her blog for more THG posts)

Race!Fail In The Hunger Games

Hollywood Whitewashing (And yes it hurts)

The Hunger Games: I Want My Bread And Roses Back (discussion starts about halfway thru)

Why Do Social Justice Nerds Love The Hunger Games?

Yes, There Are Black People In Your Hunger Games

disability:

So, How About THOSE Hunger Games? (i tumbl’d this article not too long ago and got some really interesting responses).

This is the BEST response concerning deafness (PLEASE READ IT)

In the Hunger Games, What Happens To The Disabled Competitors?

there are unfortunately not a lot of articles that i’ve come across about disabilities in THG :(

female portrayal/misc.:

Why We Need More Female Characters In Film Like Katniss Everdeen

Why Katniss is A Feminist Character (And It’s Not Because She Wields A Bow and Beats Boys Up)

Julie Clawson on The Hunger Games, Consumerism, and Justice

Power, Public Life, and The Hunger Games

Was The Hunger Games Inspired By Battle Royale

the thing i’ve really enjoyed about these books is the mass discussion it’s sparked. if you have any that aren’t listed, please contribute?

UPDATED TO ADD:

The Hunger Games & Katniss, Part 1: The Novel - Feminist Frequency (part 2 to come soon)

The Hunger Games, Hollywood, and Fighting Fuck Toys

Collins wrote for “Clarissa Explains It All” - what do Katniss & Clarissa have in common?

Monday, April 2, 2012

morerobots:

I have collected so many articles on the Hunger Games about race, disability, and female portrayal. I am going to compile them all here. I know there are some missing, because unlike good librarians, I didn’t make a book mark folder (good going cait!). 

race:

White Until Proven Black: Imagining Race In The Hunger Games

Katniss Is Olive-Skinned, Deal With It (loved this one, a more personal post - check out the rest of her blog for more THG posts)

Race!Fail In The Hunger Games

Hollywood Whitewashing (And yes it hurts)

The Hunger Games: I Want My Bread And Roses Back (discussion starts about halfway thru)

Why Do Social Justice Nerds Love The Hunger Games?

Yes, There Are Black People In Your Hunger Games

disability:

So, How About THOSE Hunger Games? (i tumbl’d this article not too long ago and got some really interesting responses).

This is the BEST response concerning deafness (PLEASE READ IT)

In the Hunger Games, What Happens To The Disabled Competitors?

there are unfortunately not a lot of articles that i’ve come across about disabilities in THG :(

female portrayal/misc.:

Why We Need More Female Characters In Film Like Katniss Everdeen

Why Katniss is A Feminist Character (And It’s Not Because She Wields A Bow and Beats Boys Up)

Julie Clawson on The Hunger Games, Consumerism, and Justice

Power, Public Life, and The Hunger Games

Was The Hunger Games Inspired By Battle Royale

the thing i’ve really enjoyed about these books is the mass discussion it’s sparked. if you have any that aren’t listed, please contribute?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Battle Royale (A video essay from Roger Ebert's Far Flung Correspondents) from Michael Mirasol on Vimeo.

Was Battle Royale the inspiration for The Hunger Games? Michael Mirasol tackles this question in the above video essay. You can also read the text version here.

Monday, November 14, 2011 Thursday, October 27, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
ohsnapliterature:

Suddenly I am furious, that with my life on the  line, they don’t even have the decency to pay attention to me. That I’m  being upstaged by a dead pig. My heart starts to pound, I can feel my  face burning. Without thinking, I pull an arrow from my quiver and send  it straight at the Gamemakers’ table. I hear shouts of alarm as people  stumble back. The arrow skewers the apple in the pig’s mouth and pins it  to the wall behind it. Everyone stares at me in disbelief.“Thank you for your consideration,” I say. Then I give a slight bow and walk straight toward the exit without being dismissed.
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

ohsnapliterature:

Suddenly I am furious, that with my life on the line, they don’t even have the decency to pay attention to me. That I’m being upstaged by a dead pig. My heart starts to pound, I can feel my face burning. Without thinking, I pull an arrow from my quiver and send it straight at the Gamemakers’ table. I hear shouts of alarm as people stumble back. The arrow skewers the apple in the pig’s mouth and pins it to the wall behind it. Everyone stares at me in disbelief.
“Thank you for your consideration,” I say. Then I give a slight bow and walk straight toward the exit without being dismissed.

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

Monday, October 3, 2011 Thursday, August 25, 2011

Get More: 2011 VMA, Music, 'The Hunger Games' Movie Page

Promo for The Hunger Games promo that will be aired at the VMAs. Basically it just tells you not to miss the VMAs.