Meme Monday: Hunger Games

Hello readers!

I’m really sorry for not posting in a couple months. School has kept me really busy, along with editing my second novel (coming this upcoming February). I’ll be doing a Divergent Movie vs Novel post as soon as I can, although I know it’s delayed and much overdue! For now I give you Meme Monday! I figured I’d celebrate the upcoming theatre release of Mockingjay Part One by focusing this Meme Monday on The Hunger Games! I hope you all enjoy!

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Keep on reading! And may the odds be ever in your favor on not getting stomach aches from too much candy on Halloween.

-S. K. Robitaille

Fan Art Friday: Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen

It seems as though in my search terms people have been looking for artwork of Katniss and Peeta together, so I went out on deviantART and did just that. So, this Friday I give you artwork of Katniss and Peeta 🙂 And thank you to chelsea-bee for the featured image. I love these two together.

Ha! I’m starting this off with some humor. taphy illustrates Peeta and Katniss’ relationship practically to the T 🙂

They look a bit young, but I still couldn’t help but go “awwww” when I saw this 🙂 Wimbourne draws the cave scene, and I think it shows off their whimsical side even through all the horror of the Hunger Games.

This is a really cool drawing done by polkapills! They do their own depiction of what Katniss and Peeta would look like while they hide in the woods. Stunning, and great detail! I love Katniss’ face!

Here we go into Catching Fire! This is after Peeta has a bit of a heart scare, and Finnick (he’s in the background) brings him back to life. I love this scene so much because for me, that’s when I’m really sure that Katniss really does love him. Oh, and I love how Catching-Smoke added his prosthetic leg, since a lot of people forget about that!

Awwwww 🙂 Peibee-an-Jay draws when Katniss and Peeta reunite after the Hunger Games. I just adore how happy Peeta is 🙂

This is a pretty cool piece of artwork done by Aleatoire09 of Katniss and Peeta dressed up in Capitol wear for the chariot ride. I love the outfits, and the intensity on their faces!

Awwww my gosh 🙂 I can’t stop gushing over this picture that meru90 did! There’s just so much love, and ah! It’s just so cute!

I really REALLY like this one by DacaDaca 🙂 it has beautiful tones, and their love for one another is so prominent even when they’re not kissing. It’s just absolutely beautiful.

Ahhh! *squeals* 😀 Beautiful realistic drawing done by Mafin10 while Katniss and Peeta are on the chariot ride. It’s absolutely stunning!

Happy Friday! Keep checking out art on deviantART, especially the artists shown because they have more work in their galleries 🙂

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Fan Art Friday: Fire, Hunger Games Style

Fire Friday!

What better way to celebrate the entrancing element of fire than to celebrate it Hunger Games style! Today I bring you fan art of Katniss and Peeta, and of course with the idea of fire in hand. Every art piece is brought to you by deviantART, and make sure to check out the artists’ profile too to see what other pieces they’ve done! 🙂

Featured image thanks to rumonica!

palnk‘s interpretation of Katniss’ wedding dress burning away to show Cinna’s creation of the Mockingjay. I love her face!

Oh, I’m in love with Patsie‘s drawing! Katniss looks so elegantly dangerous! The detail of the fire is outstanding!

I think Appelmos gives us a little peek into Mockingjay. In it, Katniss is equipped with different arrows for battle, and one of them sets on fire. The fiercer side of fire for sure.

Wow! Look at this realistic art done by nma-art. I love the colors and how the fire becomes a part of her hair. Beautiful!

Another wedding dress interpretation done by Patsie. I love how the background looks like the fire is smoldering just like her dress!

Oh-la-la! Peeta and Katniss at the beginning of the Games. I love how martinacecilia did the fire here, that’s exactly how I pictured it too!

Ah! Loving this by Jandruff! Such intensity, and that’s amazing how they put faces in the fire too! That’s the fierce Katniss that we all know!

Aw! I’ve never seen a chariot ride done like this one by palnk. I love Peeta’s smile, and how Katniss is blowing a kiss 🙂 And the fire looks stunning and so elegant too!

fictograph does their own version of Katniss’ interview dress for the first Games. I love how the dress has a braid on it too, and how the bottom has a small hint of fire yet to come!

The wedding dress is entirely burned away now, and Katniss has been turned into Cinna’s creation of the Mockingjay. Very well done by MartAiConan!

I wanted to add something unique and different too by Munchkinmay. They took a picture of their sibling’s eye and put the mockingjay pin reflecting inside of it. I thought this was really creative, and it makes it look like fire!

And last but not least is this piece of art done by lizzomarek. Katniss: the girl who was on fire. I love her dress, her face, the fire, I just love everything! Fantastic job!

Beautiful artwork! And may the odds be ever in your favor this weekend! For instance, not being set on fire 🙂

The Hunger Games quotes: Mockingjay

Time to quote the best of the last book in The Hunger Games series: “Mockingjay.”

This one is also jam packed with awesomeness, then again what book of the series isn’t? Enjoy 🙂

“Every single refugee was granted automatic citizenship to the authorities of 13. Still, I hate them. But, of course, I hate almost everybody now. Myself more than anyone.” -Katniss, Ch.1

“I squeeze my eyes shut and try to reach for him across the hundreds and hundreds of miles, to send my thoughts into his mind, to let him know he is not alone. But he is. And I can’t help him.” -Katniss (thinking of Peeta), Ch.1

“Positioned on my dresser, that white-as-snow rose is a personal message to me. It speaks of unfinished business. It whispers, I can find you. I can reach you. Perhaps I am watching you now.” -Katniss, Ch.1

“I look in his eyes and see my own reflected there. Our hands find each other, holding fast to a part of 12 that Snow has somehow failed to destroy.” -Katniss (with Gale), Ch.2

“Now why don’t we ask the guards to take me back to my quarters so I can build another hundred card houses?” -Peeta, Ch.2

“On the final page, under a sketch of my mockingjay pin, Cinna’s written, I’m still betting on you.” -Katniss, Ch.3

“We hunt, like in the old days. Silent, needing no words to communicate, because here in the woods we move as two parts of one being.” -Katniss (with Gale), Ch.4

“There’s no point in trying to dictate what Gale thinks. Which, if I’m honest, is one reason I trust him.” -Katniss, Ch.5

“They’ll either want to kill you, kiss you, or be you.” -Finnick (to Katniss), Ch.5

“And that, my friends, is how a revolution dies.” -Haymitch, Ch.5

“Then he whips off his hospital gown, leaving him in just his underwear. ‘Why? Do you find this’ –he strikes a ridiculously provocative pose–‘distracting?’ ” -Finnick (to Katniss), Ch.6

“Well, don’t expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear.” -Boggs, Ch.6

“Anything else?” “While I was waiting…I ate your lunch.” -Katniss and Haymitch, Ch.8

“Ask yourself, do you really trust the people you’re working with? Do you really know what’s going on? And if you don’t…find out.” -Peeta (to Katniss over broadcast), Ch.8

“If you burn, you burn with us!” -Katniss, Ch.8

“My mother just wanted me to forget it. So, of course, every word was immediately, irrevocably branded into my brain.” -Katniss (about “The Hanging Tree”) Ch.9

They can’t hurt me. I’m not like the rest of you. There’s no one left I love.” -Johanna (Katniss’ flashback), Ch.10

“Katniss, I don’t think President Snow will kill Peeta. If he does, he won’t have anyone left you want. He won’t have any way to hurt you.” -Prim, Ch.10

“What will break me?” -Katniss, Ch.11

“Better not to give in to it. It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” -Finnick, Ch.11

“Several sets of arms would embrace me. But in the end the only person I truly want to comfort me is Haymitch, because he loves Peeta, too. I reach out for him and say something like his name and he’s there, holding me and patting my back. ‘It’s okay. It’ll be okay, sweetheart.’ He sits me on a length of broken marble pillar and keeps an arm around me while I sob.” -Katniss and Haymitch, Ch.11

“Poison. the perfect weapon for a snake.” -Katniss (about Snow), Ch.12

“My lips are just forming his name when his fingers lock around my throat.” -Katniss (with Peeta), Ch.12

“Gale’s touch and taste and heat remind me that at least my body’s still alive, and for the moment it’s a welcome feeling. I empty my mind and let the sensations run through my flesh, happy to lose myself.” -Katniss, Ch.14

“What’s going on in your head?” “I don’t know.” “Then it’s like kissing someone who’s drunk. It doesn’t count.” -Gale and Katniss, Ch.14

“My words hang in the air. I look to the screen, hoping to see them recording some wave of reconciliation going through the crowd. Instead I watch myself get shot on television.” -Katniss, Ch.15

“I must have loved you a lot.” “You did.” -Peeta and Katniss, Ch.16

“Peeta had put me to bed and I had asked him to stay with me as I was drifting off. He had whispered something I couldn’t quite catch. But some part of my brain had trapped his single word of reply and let it swim up through my dreams to taunt me now. ‘Always.’ ” -Katniss, Ch.16

“What? My head doctor says I’m not supposed to censor my thoughts. It’s part of my therapy.” -Johanna Mason, Ch.17

“He never lets go of Annie’s hand. Not when they walk, not when they eat. I doubt he ever plans to. She’s lost in some daze of happiness. There are still moments when you can tell something slips in her brain and another world blinds her to us. But a few words from Finnick call her back.” -Katniss, Ch.17

“Oh, Peeta. Don’t make me sorry I restarted your heart.” -Finnick, Ch.17

“I cannot take orders.” -Katniss, Ch.18

“I clench his hands to the point of pain. ‘Stay with me.’ His pupils contract to pinpoints, dilate again rapidly, and then return to something resembling normalcy. ‘Always,’ he murmurs.” -Katniss and Peeta, Ch.22

“Far below, I can just make out Finnick, struggling to hang on as three mutts tear at him. As one yanks his head to take the death bite, something bizarre happens. It’s as if I’m Finnick, watching images of my life flash by. The mast of a boat, a silver parachute, Mags laughing, a pink sky, Beetee’s trident, Annie in her wedding dress, waves breaking over rocks. Then it’s over.” -Katniss, Ch.22

“I know what blood poisoning is, Katniss. Even if my mother isn’t a healer. You said that same thing to me in the first Hunger Games. Real or not real?” “Real.” -Peeta and Katniss, Ch.23

“No, you won her over. Gave up everything for her. Maybe that’s the only way to convince her you love her.” Gale (to Peeta), Ch.23

“Katniss will pick whoever she thinks she can’t survive without.” -Gale, Ch.23

“First I get a glimpse of the blond braid down her back…Trying to shout her name above the roar. I’m almost there, almost to the barricade, when I think she hears me. Because for just a moment, she catches sight of me, her lips from my name. And that’s when the rest of the parachutes go off.” -Katniss, Ch.24

“Oh, my dear Miss Everdeen. I thought we had agreed not to lie to each other.” -President Snow, Ch.25

“Gradually, I’m forced to accept who I am. A badly burned girl with no wings. With no fire. And no sister.” -Katniss, Ch.25

“Closing my eyes doesn’t help. Fire burns brighter in the darkness.” -Katniss, Ch.25

“The point of my arrow shifts upward. I release the string. And President Coin collapses over the side of the balcony and plunges to the ground. Dead.” -Katniss, Ch.26

“What is it, sweetheart? More boy trouble?” -Haymitch, Ch.26

“I no longer feel any allegiance to these monsters called human beings, despise being one myself.” -Katniss, Ch.27

“Haymitch drinks until the liquor runs out, and then raises geese until the next train arrives. Fortunately, the geese can take pretty good care of themselves.” -Katniss, Ch.27

“…what I need to survive is not Gale’s fire, kindled with rage and hatred. I have plenty of fire myself. What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. And only Peeta can give me that. So after, when he whispers, ‘You love me. Real or not real?’ I tell him, ‘Real.’ ” -Katniss and Peeta, Ch.27

Here it’s safe, here it’s warm

Here the daisies guard you from every harm

Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow

brings them true

Here is the place where I love you.” -Katniss, Epilogue

What are your favorite quotes from Mockingjay?

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Finnick Friday

TGIF! What a better way to celebrate the wonderful day than to talk and gush about mister Finnick Odair.

(art thanks to patsie on deviantart)

We first meet Finnick when the chariots arrive at the Quarter Quell, and Katniss is by herself when he comes up to her. He’s just in his boxers, leaning close to her and asking her in his “seductive” voice about her secrets, while meantime offering her a sugar cube. This is one of the first times we read about Katniss blushing, but I don’t blame her, I would be too if an incredibly handsome guy in just boxers was trying to seduce me with sugar cubes. Hello? They’re yummy!

As the novel continues, we get to see his character develop into someone quite hilarious, but he’s also one of the most protective and loyal characters we see. He’s one to save Peeta’s life, while also willing to scare him a couple days later with Katniss just for a prank.

Flirting aside, we find out that Finnick loves a girl back at home, miss Annie. Although she’s known to be a little messed up in the head, he’s still so in love with her. Can I get an encore of “awwww”s? 🙂

A powerful man from district four, armed with a trident and a will to survive, it becomes difficult to see such a man fail in anything. He’s known for his knots, and specifically tying them when he’s troubled. We mainly see this in the third book, and he teaches Katniss to stay sane by tying different variations of knots. So although strong, when he has his weak points, he knows how to handle them accordingly.

 

He’s personally one of my favorite characters, and I’m excited but nervous as to see who’s going to be casted as him in Catching Fire (and obviously Mockingjay). I just hope they don’t pick a totally well known actor for the role because when Finnick comes on screen he has to be seen as that character and not just some actor filling the shoes. Who do you think should be Finnick Odair?

Go district four! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

 

The Hunger Games: Movie vs. Novel

Okay, so I’m going to make a claim here…movies are never as good as the books. Do most of us agree? If they could actually get every single detail, then we’d be sitting through maybe a five hour movie or something crazy like that! So I may be overexaggerating, but a three hour movie doesn’t hurt. Like *cough cough* Lord of the Rings *cough cough* Although I understand the books were much larger than the Hunger Games, so I’ll have to cut that some slack.

So, in general, I thought the movie was done very well. Of course there are some things that really, really bothered me. So here we go: the top ten things they didn’t quite touch up on!

1. How the mockingjay pin was given.

I guess to most it may not be a big deal, but I really enjoyed how it was given before. The basics: it was given by Madge, not by randomly finding it. Although this character doesn’t show up much, later in the series she gets connected with Haymitch, and that small story in itself is quite the shocker. Also, the pin in the movie changes the symbolism all entirely. In the movie the pin symbolizes safety, but in the books it symbolizes rebellion. I think that’s a major point the movie messed up on.

2. The relationship with Haymitch and Katniss.

So, in the movie this wasn’t really touched very well, whereas in the book their relationship was so much better defined. Over the screen you can’t read into Katniss’ thoughts, and that in itself is saddening. Their relationship is pretty strained, and quite frankly Katniss gets annoyed by him most of the time especially when he calls her “sweetheart.” I just think they didn’t do a good job with that one.

3. Gale and Katniss’ goodbye.

I’ll give them credit, they did the whole goodbye scene very well, so kudos! They just missed one little snippet with Gale that really bugged me. In the novel, right when he’s getting pulled out, Gale says, “Remember-” and then he gets cut off. We never, ever know what in the world he was trying to say to her, and that mystery in itself is still in the air (the book never tells us!!) So I was disappointed that wasn’t in there.

4. Cinna and Katniss’ relationship.

They barely touched on this at all, it seems. Cinna is a vital character in the series, and in the movie it just seemed like he was more in the background. He’s quite a funny and great person, and he barely got touched on. Hopefully they’ll do that next movie.

5. District twelve’s symbol.

Three fingers prominent, hold hand in the air, and that’s the symbol of district twelve. Now don’t get me wrong, they did this scene perfectly, I was just confused that they never explained what it meant to people who haven’t read the books. To them it’s just three fingers, but to us book lovers, it means peace.

6. The tributes in training.

This one isn’t really a big deal, but it would’ve been nicer if they emphasized this idea more. In the books, Peeta and Katniss would always be matching, and quite frankly it made Katniss embarrassed; they even matched on interview day! (Peeta had fire on the cuffs of his jacket). But most prominent was the fact that only Katniss and Peeta matched in the training room, and I think they should’ve kept it that way.

7. The cave scene.

I think many are complaining with this one. I think they could’ve cut out the district revolting and show more of that cave scene! It builds up their relationship a lot, and missing out on key points of it was pretty disappointing to say the least.

8. The mutts.

I thought it was a cool twist that the mutts they sent in near the end had the tributes’ eyes. I remember reading her spotting Rue’s eyes and my heart just sunk. Plus I think they needed to be bigger, they weren’t scary to me. Oh, and Cato was running away from them in the book, and I thought that was cooler b/c we got to sit up in suspense reading about him sprinting toward them and then being shocked when he passes right by them. Awesome.

9. The last interview.

The cutest quote in this book, I think, when Katniss says that she’s glad to have Peeta with her. He responds with, “Now that you have me, what do you want with me?” And sadly *sniffles* they don’t have this. As well as revealing Peeta’s fake leg, which totally got thrown out of the movie. Weird. I guess him having one leg isn’t important?

10. The ending overall.

Soooo many things to list here, get ready. The last part of the Games, Katniss has to drag Peeta to the lake since his leg is so torn up, and there they eat the berries together (which they actually put in their mouths!) They get lifted by a helicopter, where Katniss madly persists to be with Peeta for his surgery, but she’s held back. When they reunite is a wonderful scene, we get to see Katniss truly caring about him; oh, and here they show reruns of the Games with the theme of them two (Peeta saying Katniss’ name in the night? Awww). The interview (as mentioned above), Peeta reveals his amputation. Once returning home, it’s revealed that Katniss was only being passionate toward him in order to survive, and that’s when their relationship starts to dwindle. How could they leave that out?

I’m sure there are others I’m missing, so talk about it below! The movie was very well done though, they casted brilliantly and I’m looking forward to the next one! New director, new ideas. My favorite part I’m looking forward too next movie? Finnick 🙂

May the odds be ever in your favor!