April 7, 2012

The Hunger Games

A few weeks ago Anne and I went to see The Hunger Games in theaters!

Well, let me back up. A few weeks ago Anne, myself, and a hundred or so members of Forum Society went to see The Hunger Games the night before it was released. In preparation, I borrowed a copy of the book and read it all in one night, and we were all really excited. So naturally, the movie didn't work, and we went home Hunger Games-less but as late at night as if we'd actually watched the whole movie, with vouchers to come back another time.

This ended up working out fantastically, in my opinion, because I saw it the next week with just Anne, as a date. (I will spare you a ton of corny babbling about how awesome she is, but the two weeks or so since going to the movies together can be summarized as follows: :D <3 :D <3 :D.)

Anyway! Since then, the whole universe has also seen the Hunger Games, and I've read quite articles about the film, mostly about the whole mess with horribly racist fans upset that Rue was black. But Alyssa Rosenberg has a kind of cool article on Katniss and gender, which is about a lot of things, including the scene where Rue dies.

I'm not going to lie, that scene had me bawling like a baby. Here's Rosenberg's summary:

Rue is speared, Katniss shoots and kills Rue’s attacker, she puts Rue to rest in a striking act of political symbolism—and then she cries, hard, in a way that involves her entire body.

I found that striking too, but I didn't figure out why until I read this article - mostly, female action heroes deal with violence very calmly. Lara Croft or Catwomen aren't likely to start sobbing after a fight scene.

The whole article makes a lot of interesting points about Katniss's femininity as an action hero, but that was the one I found most interesting.

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