Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Online Class Only 11/15

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73 comments:

  1. The Hunger Games is written in first-person Point of View ("I") in the Past-tense ("I went hunting"). What does this tell us about the Narrator, Katniss Everdeen? Why would Collins, the author, choose to tell the story this way? (By comparison, Divergent and Twilight are also both first-person narratives, though they are written in present tense.)

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    1. Since The Hunger Games is in the past-tense, that means that all the events that transpired in the book has already happened to Katniss and she is telling her story after the fact. I think that Collins chose to tell this story that way so that we can see what Katniss was thinking and how she reflects back on those events.

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    2. In past tense wise, it gives us the idea of how Katniss experiences and had her explain the situation for us readers to understand the setting.

      -Sze Chin, Tiong

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    3. Suzzan Collins wrote The Hunger Games in first-person point of view in the past tense so that readers could go along and feel what is happening in the story. It makes reading very exciting and you would not want to stop until you finish it.

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    4. I believe that Suzzan Collins wrote the Hunger Games in first-person point of view because we get to feel, understand and get a better connection with Katniss throughout the story. Right from the beginning it starts off with her life story and the things she does when she wakes up. Also throughout the story I feel as if we can relate to the part where Katniss sacrificed her self in order for her sister to go into the games. We can relate to that because we would do anything to save the ones we love. We also get to meet her family, how she developed a relationship with the other characters such as Peeta and Gale. We also get to understand why she made these type of decisions throughout the book.

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    5. Suzanne Collins writes The Hunger Games in the past-tense. This shows that all the events Katniss Everdeen, the narrator, talks about have already happened in her life and she is just retelling her story in a first-person point of view, sharing all the emotions and feelings she experienced in her journey.

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    6. Suzanne Collins, the author, of The Hunger Games writes this first book in first person in the past tense. This gives the narration of Katniss Everdeen more depth; meaning Katniss is explaining her time in the Games while dwelling on her feelings and experience while being the games. Also this way the reader could relate to Katniss as the main character because the relate could relate to the heroine braveness of a female hero.

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    9. Suzanne Collins writes the Hunger games through first person narrative in past tense because it shows not only the events but the reflections that katniss Everdeen has after these events have passed. In other words, we get to see what katniss thought during the events and after they happened.This helps the audience empathize with katniss strong emotions that seem to remain as vivid as they were the moment they happened. These reflections show how powerful the impact was on katniss through tone.

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    10. I believe the reason why Collins wrote the story from the past tense first person perspective of Katniss to show us that she has completed the heroes journey and is reflecting on her journey. We are able to get her perspective on the events as a member of the oppressed class. This could also be an indicator that she survived(unlike stories like Sunset Blvd and American Beauty)!

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    11. I believe that the writer chooses this written because she wants the readers to have closure to the protagonist. While reading the story is seem to convince, it was evident that Katniss was telling her story, and for a moment the readers will forget that there are reading a book.

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    12. The Hunger Games which was written by Suzanne Collins write through first person in the past tense because she wanted to express not just the events but also the relationships that took place, but also the reflections that Katniss Everdeen had after the events were over. This provides her perspective on the events as a member of oppressed class. This shows a powerful indicator of survival and being a female hero who is brave.

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    13. The book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a book that is written by first person. I believe this book was written by the first person, which in this case is Katnis for the fact that the author wants us to experience what katnis goes through. This is a way of showing much more exitment and suspension.

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    14. Suzanne Collins chose to write The Hunger Games in first-person in the Past-tense because she wanted to portray Katniss's struggles, emotions and thinking from events that have occurred and how Katniss reflects on them. This tells us about the Narrator how she felt and what was really happening in the events/experiences and portrays a slight change in emotions and thinking as she narrates the story to the readers.

      Natali G.

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  2. Based in what you have read so far in The Hunger Games, what are the major tropes (or themes) of Young Adult Literature?

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    1. Some of the major themes in this book are survival,rebellion, and sacrifice. These themes are also seen throughout most YA literature, for example many teens try to survive high school, rebel against their parents and sometimes sacrifice themselves for their friends and/or family.

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    2. The major tropes in The Hunger Games contains, survival, rebellion love, and sacrifices.

      -Sze Chin, Tiong

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    3. Based on what I read; I could say that the themes so far I encounter are: injustice/inequalities, survival, relationship, rebellion, quest/a search for something, appearance, and competition. These all themes many young readers/teenagers find in their life.

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    4. Based on what I have read so far the major themes in The Hunger Games are: survival: not only surviving the Hunger games but also surviving on their daily life and not starving to death; which connects to inequalities between poor and rich. There is also the theme of love- for family and friends, and sacrifice.

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    5. The major themes in The Hunger Games is fearless, rebellion, sacrifice, survival, love, and appearance. Rebellion because she breaks boundaries and she's not afraid of what others might do or say that is why she is also fearless. Towards the end of the games Peeta and Katniss decided to eat the berries so both of them can die and no one will win the game; which is something no one has ever done before on the games. At the beginning of the book she sacrificed her self in order for her sister to not be part of the games. Also love, she pretends to be in love with Peeta in order to survive the games, which conflicts her "relationship" with Gale because he doesn't know its all a set in order for them to survive the game. Survival is also a big theme not only is it in the games they have to survive to win, but also outside the games, each district especially district 12 is trying to survive everyday, looking for food. Unlike the capital they are rich spoiled people who don't even care about the other districts. Katniss appearance is very strong, she does not cry or show her feelings in front the camera. Not only in the camera she doesn't show her feelings but she was brave to tell her mother to take care of her sister.

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    6. The major theme in The Hunger Games is survival, sacrifice, revolution, and also love. These themes are shown in many different young adult books. These themes also, I believe, connect to a young adults reality. For example, teens often revolt and fight for what they believe in or don't believe in, they also sacrifice things for love whether it be for friends or for a significant other. These are some major themes that are portrayed in young adult literature and can be related to much of the audience.

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    7. There are major themes in The Hunger Games but i would say the essential themes that run through the novel, so far, is survival, sacrifice, love, and death. These themes pop up a lot in Young Adult novels, especially in a dystopian society. The themes that pop up in these novels are relatable because it is something that in the real world everyone can relate to. Katniss portrays all of these themes as well as someone who can relate to Katniss can also portray the themes similar in the book. She sacrifices her self for her sister Prim by volunteering to take her place as tribute, this also shows the love Katniss has for her sister. Survival and death are important themes because that is what the Games are all about; who ever survives in the end wins and all the tributes face death one way or another.

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    8. The Hunger Games themes I've spotted, are rebellion and survival while maintaining a sense of self. For example their district is 12 on a scale of 13 districts. Resources are scattered and families are broken. People in this society must focus on surviving, where their next meal would come from, so it's hard to lose yourself in labor.

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    9. Some themes are definitely rebellion and oppression. Young adults often feel oppressed by older authority figures and feel the need to rebel and find a sense of identity and individuality. Also civic duty plays a major role in the story as Katniss rises and sacrifices her well being to protect her younger sibling, so that adds an element of responsibility and civic duty. Also survival is a major theme. Just like Katniss is trying to survive the oppression, many young adults feel like they are trying to survive the trials and tribulations of their own lives, being that young adult hood can be a very confusion and turbulent time.

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    10. In the hunger games based on what I have read so far the major themes are the following survival, rebellion,relationships, injustice and also inequalities. For example she sacrifices herself for her sister by volunteering to take her place as tribute. Survival and death are also important part of this book because thats what the games are about. Its all about who survives at the end and wins the tributes face of death.

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    11. Based on what I have read so far on the book The Hunger Games the major themes that have play so far are love, and rebellion. Love for the fact that she takes her sisters position in order for her sister not to suffer. Rebellion for the way that the hunger games is a aggressive duty.

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    12. Based on the readings so far, some major themes of Young Adult Literature that I have noticed is: self-discovery, sacrifice, isolation vs. conformity, rebellion, relationships, survival, death and inequalities.
      Natali G.

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  3. The hunger Games may be described as within the genre of dystopic science fiction (based in a future world gone terribly wrong). Why would this genre appeal to teens and young adults?

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    1. I believe that the genre of dystopic science fiction appeals to teens because its a twist to the reality that we already live in. In dystopian type of books, the setting is usually in the future and some type of event transpired to create that type of world. These types of books gives a chance for readers to get a taste to the possible future ahead of us

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    2. This genre appeal to teens/young adults because our generation are closer to the future time as we grew older and seeing fiction stories with the possible struggles that could happen to the future made us think the ways we could do to prevent such to happen.

      -Sze Chin, Tiong

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    3. I would say the most teenager seem to appeal of this genre because in a way they see it as a symbolic reflection of how they see their life; chaotic or strictly controlled. This type of novel is attracted the young audience especially when the hero is a typical teenager who fights to overcome obstacles.

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    4. I believe teens and young adults finds the genre dystopic science fiction very exciting. They like the idea of having a big twist in the story. It excites us readers to know what would the happen next and what decision would the protagonist do; living a normal life and having to go through a journey that she or he could not avoid of.

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    5. I think the genre might appeal to teenagers because at that age, you're really starting to become more aware of the world around you. Things that you might have taken for granted when you were younger because that's "just the way it is" can start to seem definitely wrong. You're also developing views different from your parents, and a lot of teenagers rebel, whether it's in a small way or in larger ways. Dystopian fiction has that theme of realizing the world is wrong, and has the characters finding ways to rebel and try to change their circumstances.

      -Adora

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    6. I think the dystopian society resonates with teenagers because it gives a different perspective of a normal world. It opens up teenagers eyes to see the different types of life in one world. An example of this is all the districts. In each district from District 1-12, the higher the district goes the more of the poverty shows in each district. This poverty will show teenagers that a dystopian fictional setting can tell the truth of real problems that the world is facing today.

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    7. Dystopic fiction does more than entertain it provides its audience with a similar world to ours. Teens and adults nowadays are not satisfied with the world they live in and a chance of re-imagining or a redo of our world would appeal to them. This type of literature gives people a chance to escape a reality that can’t be saved. It also gives people a chance to become the hero.

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    8. A dystopian world is appealing to teenagers because, A) The possibility of a reality where the future is grim is very real concern for some teens. B) Teenagers often fancy themselves as victims and well as heroes in a world that tries to silence them. C) Lets face it, Dystopian science fiction is just a way cool genre. There is something very punk about it. It makes for a great read.

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    9. Wow. You all kick ass. So, the major trend in the comments seems to be that YA lit is about suffering and survival. That sounds like being 16 to me.

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    10. Dystopian genre would be appealing to teens and young adults because its very exciting and its gives that feeling like what will happen next almost the same feeling when you get when you watch a real scary movie. This gives a different perspective of a normal world. this attracts young audience when the hero is usually a typical teen that fights and then overcomes the obstacles they faced. People like getting a chance to escape from the real world every now and then and reading books like this helps.

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    11. Such genre would be appealing to young adults and teens, because that is a stage in life that we all go through and its when we think we know everything, but we don't. This is a stage when one as a teen starts to rebel against our parents. So in a way such actions of the book and young adults can be related.

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  4. Is Katniss in love with Gale and just does not know it?

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    1. I don't think Katniss is in love with Gale, I think she loves him as a friend and that the only reason she thinks about him romantically from time to time is because she knows that they can survive together and that he won't rely to heavily on her. Gale is a reliable friend and that is all he was and ever will be.

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    2. Katniss isn't really in love with Gale but rather loving him as more of a friend that she could trust. Although, she might eventually have deep feelings for him but that would also consider how much she cares for him as a person.

      -Sze Chin, Tiong

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    3. No, I do not think she ever thought what her true feelings toward Gael were. It seemed that this thought never crossed her mind until Peeta’s confession. However, it seems that every time Gael come into her mind, the way that she expresses about him give the reader a clue that is not a romantic feeling; is more fraternal

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    4. Katniss is not in love with Gale. She have known him for so long and can be with herself when she’s with him; that kind of feeling you feel towards your brothers or friends. They are also both caregivers in their family, that is why they feel comfortable and understand each other. Although she did mentioned that Gale is very good-looking and would have no problems looking for a wife, and many girls at her school likes him. Katniss said “It makes me jealous but not for the reason people would think. Good hunting partners are hard to find.”(p.10) I believe Katniss only thinks of him as a friend and or a brother. She trusts him so much that she depended on him to take care of her sister Prim and her mother while she’s not around.

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    5. I don't think she's in love with Gale. I think she has SOME romantic interest in him, though. It's kind of hard to tell because Katniss is an unreliable narrator in some ways and not open about her emotions. But I think she shuts off the idea of romance because of the society they live in. Gale isn't an option as anything more than a friend/hunting partner because she's terrified of becoming like her mother, with a dead husband and children that she has to provide for, and every year has to be afraid that they'll get picked for the Hunger Games and die.

      If they were two normal teenagers in today's society, Katniss and Gale would probably date. But even then, I don't think she'd be in love with him, and his feelings for her would be stronger than hers for him.

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    6. Honestly, I do not think Katniss is in love with Gale. The romantic interest between them is more of a brother/sister type relationship. Gale met Katniss at a very young age which bonded their friendship and it grew stronger as they got older. As growing up together they become hunting partners which only bonded their friendship and the brother/sister like relationship even further. Also, Katniss wants to make her life her own and the thought of settling down especially with Gale is not in her best interest. If Katniss and Gale would have become a couple or even husband/wife, it would probably end up like Katniss's mother and late father and that is something Katniss does not want to go through again.

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    7. I think katniss is experiencing attachment not love. It is; overall, a strong friendship with lots of affection because Gale is one of the few boys she's actually closed to.

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    8. I mean who is to say really. Love means different things for different people during different times of their lives. Do I think she is experiencing true love? Not necessarily. I think she is experiencing an attachment and longing for her roots. The sense of familiarity, comfort and nostalgia is something that brings warmth to Katniss during a very trying time in her life. Its natural for people to grab onto home when they feel lost.

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    9. The whole love issue gets complicated with Peeta!

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    10. After reading I think that there is some romantic interest between the two, but it is very complicated and I would not call it love. Its hard to tell because the narrator is not really that open when it comes to expressing her emotions. So she just closes off any ideas/ thoughts that may have anything to do with romance between the society they live in. She knows that they can survive together so she just thinks of him as a reliable friend.

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    11. In my opinion, I don't think Katnis is in love with Gale. She might like him but as a friend. Gale seems to be Katnis only partner, for the fact that he is the only person she can relate to because she does not know or has seen anybody else in her life but him.

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    12. Shanice. I agree. Katniss is stone cold hard. Do girls need this kind of role model?

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    13. I believe Katiness is not love with Gale because She seems to disregard those emotions from her heart. Therefore, in her mind she has marked that she does not want to get married and especially have children that in the long run will be in the property of the Capitol. She might have a closer attachment to Gale because they both experienced almost the same pain of losing a father and have the same daily struggles of taking care of their families. I don't think their relationship should be categorized as love yet but a close attachment instead.

      Natali G.

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    14. I believe that Katniss is not in love with Gale. From the book and film she seemed confused, she's not sure if she loves him she's not sure if she sees him as a friend a brother or more than that. Even though they did kiss. I believe Gale is there for katniss so she can talk to him about her problems. We can see that after she returns from the hunger games and before she enters the hunger games for the second time. They both have similar interest as to saving people.

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  5. What archetypes (Pearson and Marr) do you see Katniss embodying in the first 1/2 of the novel? Please be specific.

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    1. The archetypes that Katniss embodies are the orphan, the warrior, and the caregiver. She is the orphan because at a very young age her father died and shortly after her mother mentally checked out so she was on her own. She is the warrior because she fights to survive, and she can also be seen as the caregiver because she brings food home to feed her mother and sister.

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    2. There's archetypes of Katniss that she's the warrior and the caregiver. She is the warrior because she strong and fights for survival for her and her family. She's also a caregiver because not only she fights for her family but bringing food to feed her mother and her sister.

      -Sze Chin, Tiong

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    3. The archetypes that I am seeing on Katniss in the first 1/2 of the novel are: Oprhan- lost her father at a young age. Warrior- fighting and being strong for her family. She never gave up despite of all the trials she had encountered. From the death of her father to volunteering for the hunger games to save her sister; which leads her to being a Caregiver- doing everything she can to provide the needs of her loved ones. After her father died she has to do everything for her sister, mother and herself to survive. At a young age she has to go out and look for food she can bring to the table, because as what she said her mother “was locked in some dark world of sadness” (p.27) and could not do anything. She has to make sure Prim and herself look presentable as always “because if it had become known that my mother could no longer care for us, the district would have taken us away from her.” (p.27)
      Lover- to her family and as to Gale as well; she cares for him like he is part of her family.

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    4. In the first half of the book Katniss resembles the archetypes of the orphan, warrior, and the caregiver. Katniss is the orphan because she takes the games and her family alone. She does not put trust in her mother since their father has died. Katniss is the warrior because once she steps into the area for the Games she is fighting for survival. She also does not like any of her competition psych her out. As the caregiver, she takes care of her mother and Prim. Prim looks up to Katniss as a mother figure more than she sees her own mother. Also when Katniss sees her family before she leaves for the games, she gives her mother explicit instructions.

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    5. She is absolutely the orphan warrior and caregiver. She is the orphan because of her family, but also because her district in a way has been orphaned and left to fend for itself. She embodies that. The warrior because she chooses to fight for not only her survival, but for her ideals. Caregiver because she makes the ultimate sacrifice to protect her younger sibling.

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    6. Orphan: Katniss lost her father, and her mother abandoned her; Since I entered a depression that took her away from her daughter's.
      Caregiver: There are many examples where the readers see Katniss as a caregiver; at first the way she takes care of Prim and her mother; and also with Rue.
      Warrior: this archetype is more reflective during the game, but the readers will see it at the beginning of the story. Katniss is a fighter; she always looks for the well-being of her family.

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    7. Do warrior and caregiver make a good mix?

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    8. The archetypes that Katniss embodies, shes the warrior and the caregiver because she is strong and fights fro survival for her family. Another one is the orphan because she lost her father and her mother abandoned her. Yes, I do think that being a warrior and caregiver make a good mix because it shows that shes a tough person and its builds to her character.

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    9. The archetypes that Katniss embodies in the 1/2 novel are warrior, caregiver, and an orphan.
      Warrior for the whole concept of her fighting throught the whole movie. A Caregiver because of the way that she decides to put her life on jeopardy for her sister. She is an orphan because not only she don't have her father, now she is away from home far away from her sister.

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    10. The archetypes warrior and caregiver in Katniss case is a good mix. She cares for her sister and her mom as well to make sure they stay safe. Especially in the last movie *SPOILER ALERT* she goes to the capital with other soldiers and Peeta who's brain had been hijack from the capital people. She is willing to risk her life to get to president snow while Peeta is trying to kill her along the way but she cares for him and doesn't want him to die

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  6. Hmmm. Just previewed the movie. Jenifer Lawrence seems a great pick on many levels for Katniss, but some reviewers had issues with her. (You do dot have to respond if you have not seen the film.)

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    1. I think she did a really great job. She's really good at seeming more cold and shut down on the outside, but you can tell there's more emotions going on inside. Physically I pictured a little different. I thought she'd be shorter and really skinny, with a darker skin tone. I also would've liked someone younger, to emphasize the fact that it was a bunch of kids fighting.

      But the acting's the most important part and she was great there.

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    2. Jenifer Lawrence did an amazing job portraying Katniss in the movie adaption. She really knows how to embody the cold and emotional side of Katniss's character. I am not exactly sure how i pictured Katniss while reading the book but the inside of Katniss i thought that the actress playing her had to have the right balance of the cold and emotional side that Katniss portrayed.

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  7. Love. I am not sure Katniss is capable of romantic love any longer. She seems to think it is all just fake bullshit.

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  8. Label names. Peeta (a kind of bread) the girls are all named after flowers -- even Foxface (a label name) is close to Foxglove (flower)

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    1. Gale = storm. Does not show until later novels.

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