The Big Bad wolf will never blow another house down after three little cigs a day give him emphysema.
“Warning: this book may be habit-forming.” -The Food and Drug Administration
I have a lot of feelings about Catching Fire, who knew?
Other thing I thought about but didn’t include in my post about Katniss’ validity as Mockingjay:
Peeta is also self-sacrificing, but he doesn’t have Katniss’ courage - he doesn’t want to lose his humanity by hurting someone during the game, so he hides. He can’t actually defy his mother and bring Katniss bread when she’s starving, so he tosses it into the street. He has goodness in him, but it’s passive.
IMO he’s the best proof that Katniss should be the ~*~symbol of the rebellion~*~ - because of her he learns to stand up and actually take risks for others, to have the courage to not only hold convictions but to act on them. He’s the immediate, most apparent evidence of what she inspires in others.
johanna mason was flipping off the fascist regime live on TV but noo katniss is the symbol of the rebellion ugh ugh
Have to disagree with this sentiment here - not to single OP out (because I’ve seen this expressed by many people), and not to diminish how fucking kickass and complex Johanna is as a character, but:
What Johanna did was not revolutionary. Johanna has courage, yes, to lash out openly, but ultimately her reaction is the expected one. Her reaction is the ENCOURAGED one. Her reaction is the anger of an individualist, a person who realizes that the system is fucked up and who can do nothing but prioritize her own safety, no matter what she needs to do to guarantee it. Everyone is her enemy (note the general “you” she uses in her interview).
She might be the one who dares to state it plainly, but it’s exactly the attitude the system is designed to foster. This is a society in which members of one District are competing against members of the other Districts for survival - if one of them wins, I lose. This is a society in which members of one District are competing against each other, where children grow up aware that their classmates and friends might one day be people they’ll need to see dead to assure their own survival. This is a society in which parents are reluctant to grow attached to their own children for fear of losing them one day.
Katniss is the symbol of the revolution not because she defies Snow and gets away with it - Katniss is the symbol of the revolution because she refuses to prioritize herself over others. She won’t play the game on the terms that the Capitol dictates, with one winner and everyone else a threat. She volunteers in her sister’s place, she protects and honors Rue, she refuses to win her own survival if it means Peeta’s death (the list goes on, but you get the idea).
Katniss is proof that it’s possible for someone to do more than just survive. That’s the driving force behind Catching Fire - Snow can’t simply kill her, because it would just make official the martyrdom Katniss has volunteered for every chance she’s gotten (whether she thinks of it consciously in those terms or not). Instead, he has to try to discredit her: to prove that she really is self-interested, that the rules of his society still apply.
Self-interest isn’t dangerous; cooperation is dangerous. Setting aside your immediate safety to do something for the good of people you may never meet, who may not even be born for generations - that’s what Katniss represents, and that’s what ignites a rebellion.
The best thing about acting is that I get to lose myself in another character and actually get paid for it… It’s a great outlet. I’m not really sure who I am - it seems I change every day.
This is Captain Hikaru Sulu.
[pre-gifs] “…So, she [Paris Hilton] was a very wealthy woman, [initially] not that well known and then she gets to mega-stardom. How? The sex tape. Which was made by her boyfriend at the time, who was married, and thirteen years her senior. She sued to try and stop it [the tape’s circulation] and she couldn’t and it became the best selling sex tape for two years on the porn market.”
I’ve never looked at it that way. I was really young when everything happened and went with the crowd. For shame.
This is hard for me to post but I feel like it is important.
I remember hating my face and hating my skin and looking at all the girls around me in middle school and on TV and in ads and feeling like I was a monstrosity in comparison. But I remember the first time I realized women plucked their eyebrows. And wore concealer. And foundation. And powder. I felt like I had been lied to about what women look like. After modeling and realizing when photographers asked for no makeup, they really meant the photo on the right. I started realizing that the photo on the right was what was in skincare ads and posted by people claiming in the caption to be wearing no makeup some of the time. The photo on the right is the bare minimum of what we expect women to look like when they wake up in the morning.
Thought this would be of interest to some people, especially since the topic of how women’s faces in video games, comics, etc being depicted as smooth with no lines (even for facial expressions) has come up before. Also, how often women will be drawn with default eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick, etc even if there should be no reason for them to wear it because they have been living in the wild, or they’re warrior women who have expressed no interest in it, or etc…
It’s part of how what women look like in people’s minds is constructed in our society and by our media; that what is supposed to be something we put on to ‘enhance’ appearance end up being part of the default way women are expected to look. Even if the characters are supposed to be “plain” or “practical” in context, they’ll still be drawn as if they’re wearing some base amount of make up, because that’s how we’re conditioned to see women in our imaginations. And stuff like airbrushing, photoshop, and advertisers using made up faces to represent ‘no make up’ can skew how we perceive what the ‘normal’ or ‘average’ woman is supposed to look like.