posted by [identity profile] pavanne.livejournal.com at 07:27pm on 28/11/2013
I think my biggest... not criticism exactly, but comment on the first Hunger Games (book) is that it has a strong wish fulfillment element. Obviously, I never wanted to live in a dystopia where my family was starving and in danger, and in real life I'd be useless and terrified. But I would have liked to be an awesome brave heroine who was *forced* to use her awesome bow skills and be forced to wear really pretty clothes and be a Heroine of the People and have two cute boys chasing me. It wouldn't exactly be fun but it would definitely be exciting.

The films do a superb job of the aesthetics of it - the Capitol decadence is grotesque rather than aspirational; while Katniss is pretty hot except when momentarily afflicted with boils, the makeup she wears in the Capitol is tragic rather than 'wow, I wish I looked like that'. The glamour looks real but hollow. I'm impressed because they could so easily have gone for 'these are beautiful people being whisked into a magical fairyland and made even more beautiful! - And now for some killing. Remember boys and girls, the beautiful fairyland was Bad and Wrong'.

Katniss did wear some great asymmetrical sweaters in Catching Fire though. (Shallow? My excuse is that I was watching it in German so the subtleties of dialogue went over my head).

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