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Y distance Peeta has turned his back on her completely And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped createMuch to her shock Katniss has fueled an unrest that she's afraid she cannot stop And what scares her even is that she's not entirely convinced she s I went to see Inglourious Basterds a couple of times this past month and there is that scene where Eli Roth and Omar Doom are in the theater and they dress themselves up to look like waiters and then whip around the corner and kill the two Nazi guards to some funny Ennio Morriconiish? spaghetti western sounding music And everybody in the theater laughs and then the film cuts to Hitler laughing watching a movie of a Nazi soldier killing Americans It’s one of those great story telling moments where I’m nice and comfortable and morally superior until I realize that actually I’m exactly the same as someone I think is Evil There was a moment when I first saw Merchant of Venice that was like that and I was depressed for a month after I read Notes from the Underground because of the same type of experience I don’t know where you get that brand of story telling ability but Suzanne Collins has it coming out of her ears in the sort of young adult variety Catching Fire was maybe not as striking as the first book in this series The Hunger Games in making me disturbed about myself but it definitely had its moments Also I was in my second week of law school and had just gotten back from an exhausting wedding when I read it so I might not have had the capacity to self reflect that I normally do If you don’t know already even though you should know the premise of this series is a that in the future post apocalyptic world of the super badass Katniss Everdeen one rich city controls twelve poor to starving cities that produce all of the goods for the rich city In order to keep the poor cities in fear the rich city reuires each of the poor cities to send one teenage boy and one teenage girl as tributes to play the Hunger Games In the Hunger Games the kids have to kill each other until there is one survivor who gets to party for the rest of hisher life but never really feels like partying because everything’s so fucked up Usually they go crazy if they didn’t start out that way It’s very Lord of the Flies and yes it is the same premise as Battle Royale but not as determinedly nasty as those two books Also girl action hero Anyway a couple of days after I finished this book I was spacing off instead of briefing cases and I started thinking about the description of the capital city that controls the other cities There is a part where Katniss and another character have to go to a party at the capital and there are as many amazing foods as they can imagine It’s a big party and they’re celebrities and everyone loves them They have one bite of every kind of food so that they can taste everything but unfortunately they get full One of their entourage explains to them that there are puke closets so that everyone can keep eating for the whole night and our two characters suddenly step back from the party and remember their families and neighbors who are starving while the capital lives in decadence I was thinking about that and how the shallow people in the capital city were just as culpable for the evil in their society as the military that imposed starvation on the cities and then suddenly I realized duh she’s talking about me This story is really about the global economy and passive consumption driven US citizen that I am I’m not the hero So that’s about three times this month that I’ve been on the side of terrorists I don’t know whether that means story tellers are gettin’ pretty tricky or if it just means I think there’s a problem with the way stuff is Or that like I’m becoming a rager or something FBI if you’re reading this JK about this whole paragraph LOLWhen I was working my 8 5 job last year I started listening to some iTunesU classes while I was doing my work so that my brain wouldn’t die One of them was given by Carolyn Marvin at Stanford and it was called “True Colors Myth Magic and the American Flag” The premise to summarize very briefly was that for any culture to stay together the culture reuires a blood sacrifice This article goes into detail about nationalism and blood sacrifice She really convincingly pointed out how civilized though we think we are blood sacrifice in modern Western culture is not really significantly different than tribal human sacrifices It’s a seriously creepy theory but I’m not kidding when I say that she’s right Really listen to the lecture So I’ve spent a lot of time in the past couple of weeks doing a mental comparecontrast of the US with this futuristic dystopia We don’t come off looking too good guys Obviously these are really complicated topics but nothing seems as simple as “violence is not the answer” or on the other side of the argument “destroy civilization” I’m not positive what the right answer is but I’d like to find out I think Suzanne Collins’s books should be taught in high school social studies classes so maybe we could get some young brains working on this problem How do we effectively refuse to benefit from universally destructive and dehumanizing trade practices but still live healthy and productive lives?So go read everything Suzanne Collins ever wrote including the episodes of Clarissa Explains It All because that show is awesome and reflect on international trade and the global economy I don’t know if you’ll be a better person for it but I think so Maybe after you do all that reading you can help me figure out some way for us not to be Evil

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Catching FireHould try As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour the stakes are higher than ever If they can't prove without a shadow of a doubt that they are lost in their love for each other the conseuences will be horrifying Katniss is about to be tested as never before Sparks fly in the second volume of Suzanne Collins’ blockbuster Hunger Games trilogy Catching Fire Victory in the 74th games has not been all that sweet for surprise double victors Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark And it is extremely sour for the reigning government Katniss had shown them up big time when she publicly defied the gamemasters to keep from having to kill Peeta an act of sedition as much as it was an act of courage and honor President Snow burns with rage at Katniss for showing up the games the Capitol and him personally He recognizes that it is necessary to give the subjects of his government some hope but Katniss and Peeta have provided a spark to the tinder of popular resentment and Snow needs to forestall a conflagrationThe author Katniss is not in a good place back in District 12 after the games Yeah she has a nifty new house in the victor village and her family is well taken care of but she is experiencing a fair bit of PTSD Collins describes Kat the victor She has nightmares She has flashbacks And in the beginning you can see she’s practicing avoidance She’s completely pushed Peeta to arm’s length you know? She’s trying to stay away from him Why? Because everything associated with him except some very early childhood memories are associated with the Games She’s conflicted to some degree about her relationship with Prim because she couldn’t save Rue So she’s dealing with all that and her method of dealing with it is to go to the woods and be alone and keep all of that as far away as possible because there just are so many triggers in her everyday life from the Time interview Part of the reuirement for games winners is to go on a Victory Tour across all the districts One of the soft spots in the logic of the story is that President Snow would think for a second that parading across the defeated districts the youngsters who had killed their children was anything but a guaranteed recipe for disaster It is believed that Katniss' popularity and selling the lie of her death defying love for Peeta would gain some love for the Capitol and would dampen public unrest Sure whatever Of course Katniss manages to fan the flames of the people’s unhappiness with things as they are by her acts of kindness and respect for some of her fallen competitors and their families As her popularity grows the pin she wore in the 74th games the mockingjay spreads as a symbol of resistance I am sure Emily Dickenson would approve Time for Plan BWith his hopes for a palliative Victory Tour in ashes Snow come up with another plan How better to douse the embers of hope than to destroy all those who would fan the flame So for the 75th games instead of a new crop of potential contestants children between 12 and 18 from whom game contestants might be selected he decrees that this time the tributes those selected will be chosen from the pool of prior winners Hell uh oh Kat and Peet this means you oo Hell hath no fury like a president scorned There is no law only power and Snow aims to char those caught or even suspected of playing with matches And if crushing the Hunger Games victors from all twelve districts crushes the rebellious spirit of the people well may the odds be ever in your favor Of course we all know there is a third volume in the series so I am giving nothing up by reporting that the plan goes up in smokeThere are many notions in play in Catching Fire among them visions from the classical world of Greece and Rome The whole notion of the games was taken from the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur King Minos of Crete had issues with Athens There are varying accounts of how this came to be but the accounts agree on the arrangement that was made Athens was forced to send seven boys and seven girls to Crete every nine years to make a nice snack for a Minotaur who resided in a labyrinth constructed by Daedelus The kids are sent but Theseus an Athenian prince wanted to get rid of the Minotaur and thus the need for kid burger specials and so inserts himself in place of one of the young’uns He gets some help from Cretan princess Ariadne who offers a way for the children to escape the Minotaur’s maze after Theseus hopefully dispatches the beast Her solution is significant here beyond the classic story as the unraveling of string of a sort figures large in Catching Fire in helping out the tributesKatniss Everdeen grew from a raw teen in Book I to become a warrior She grows stronger still in Book II overcoming her fears and miseries growing in strength even while accepting that her fate was likely sealed She is a gladiator thrown into an arena to do battle for the pleasure and control of the rulers And another classical notion comes in here the slave warrior leading a rebellion Katniss by defying the Capitol in Book I and by her actions this time has become the face of popular resistance whether potential or kineticThere are contemporary issues that resonate as well Collins said The Hunger Games is a reality television program An extreme one but that's what it is And while I think some of those shows can succeed on different levels there's also the voyeuristic thrill watching people being humiliated or brought to tears or suffering physically And that's what I find very disturbing There's this potential for desensitizing the audience so that when they see real tragedy playing out on the news it doesn't have the impact it should It all just blurs into one program from Scholastic article And it is not exactly news that we are increasingly living in a world in which the one percenters get to live lives of obscene luxury while working people are denied basic rights The ancient Roman practice of eating to excess then using a vomitorium to make room for even indulgence is brought up in Collins’ vision as a very telling link between decadence old and new And then there is the romantic element Peeta is a wonderful guy pure soul gifted communicator smart strong as an ox loves her but while she may find him attractive as a friend does she find him attractive enough to throw over her childhood sweetheart Gale? The pressure is unspeakable as the President in order to save his own face is insisting that she and Peeta make good on their cover story from their first game together At the end of the 74th Katniss had threatened pairs suicide if the rulers insisted on having a single winner and she prevailed But the Capitol sold it as a manifestation of her love for Peeta while the reality had been that she had stood up against the Capitol rulers She agreed to help sell the lie after the games in order to keep bad things from happening to her family Peeta and Katniss have to cope with the public lie of their being a couple but must also contend with the fact that they really are very fond of each other Add in another hottie in the shape of the studly Finnick Odair a tribute in the 75th and the potential for emotional imbalance is considerableSome of Collins’ secondary characters get to spread their wings a bit most particularly the District 12 mentor Haymitch Abernathy who gets to do a lot but much of his activity is told after the fact rather than shown The president Coriolanus Snow gets to strut and fret his hour upon the stage issuing threats mostly I expect it is no accident that the president’s given name is the same as that of a Roman consul notorious for his low opinion of the ruled Ok I really enjoyed this book I do have one gripe though Really you knew there would have to be one The Hunger Games story is really one long tale and in order to keep from having to sell the book with its own set of wheels so you can tote it around the publisher has divided it like all Gaul into three parts Unlike the greedy film makers who took it a step further and made four films out of a trilogy And while it may make sense for this volume to have ended where it did it seemed to me that it went from full on action to see ya next time in an awful hurry That’s it That’s my gripe I had originally intended to make this a four star rating but on further consideration in light of what Collins has done in terms of looking at real issues in a serious way while offering top notch entertainment bringing in cultural foundations and for making me root for a teenager to do something other than get a bad case of zits or run afoul of a serial killer I am upping it to five Catching Fire sizzlesEXTRA STUFFAn excellent cheat sheet to catch you up on what happened in the first bookAn interview on ScholasticcomNeat bit on Theseus and the Minotaur in an SC interview in the School Library Journal The five part Time interview Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 SC’s site

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Catching Fire doc ´ Hardcover Ü suzanne collins Ü SPARKS ARE IGNITINGFLAMES ARE SPREADINGAND THE CAPITAL WANTS REVENGEAgainst all odds Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive Katniss should be relieved happy even Yet nothing is the way KaSPARKS ARE IGNITINGFLAMES ARE SPREADINGAND THE CAPITAL WANTS REVENGEAgainst all odds Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive Katniss should be relieved happy even Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be Gale holds her at an ic oof CHILLS y’all CHILLS