Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hunger Games: Dandelions in the Spring

"I realize only one person will be damaged beyond repair if Peeta Dies.  Me"

“You're still trying to protect me. Real or not real," he whispers. 
"Real," I answer. "Because that's what you and I do, protect each other.” 

“You love me. Real or not real?" 
I tell him, "Real.” 

"That 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. "

At midnight tonight, Hunger Games Fans will line up to watch the Cinematic Adaption of Suzanne Collin's popular book trilogy.  For any interested readers, the film features Jennifer Lawrence, who won critical acclaim for her role in Debra Granik's Winterbone, as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson, who starred in RVa shitty and distasteful movie that proves Robin Williams career is truly over, as Peeta Mallerk.  In her postapocalyptic tale, Collins uses United States History and Roman Mythology to offer her readers an engaging twist on the nuclear holocaust genre.  In particular, Our Heroine, Katniss, embodies the spirit of the American Frontiersman, "as if she were Natty Bumppo reborn and resexed" while also summoning images of the Roman Goddess Diana armed with nothing but a bow and a "ferocious will".  According to The New York Times:

"Katniss lives in District 12 of Panem — as in panem et circenses, Latin for bread and circuses — a totalitarian state that has risen from the postwar ashes of North America. Every year a boy and a girl ages 12 to 18 are chosen from each Panem district to compete in the gladiatorial games of the title, a fight that owes something to that ancient Roman blood sport and something else to the Greek myth of the Minotaur, the part man, part bull that devoured Athenian youths given in tribute."

Like any On Screen Adaption, even prior to a viewing, I already have a few reservations.  In particular, Lawerence and Hutcherson look nothing like the Katniss and Peeta I pictured in my head.  Not a fair complaint, but a beef nonetheless.  My other reservation comes from the fact that the series is written from a First Person Perspective and features much of Katniss' Inner Dialogue.  Even with a Narrator, I somehow doubt a Movie can achieve the same effect.  And Fine.  I'll admit it.  I'm a romantic.  And some of my favorite lines from the series center around metaphors about Dandelions in the Spring, Hope, and Katniss' Relationship with Peeta.   Examples, you ask?  Well, they're sappy ones.  (See Above)   This Girl Whose Waiting is Stilling Hoping for a Dandelion in the Spring.
*Personally, I think The Hunger Games Soundtrack ought to feature "Mutiny, I Promise You" by the New Pornographers.  "What's the weight of the world worth to you, kid.  Go write down what you see.  And see how far it can go.  What's the weight of the world worth to your side.  And here's how you got by."

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