& yet, in an odd way, I know they’re sincerely trying to help me. - The Hunger Games
"I guess I read [Katniss’s] emotions cumulatively—I saw them stacking on top of each other every time something new happened. So instead of “I can’t tell if Peeta loves me or he’s faking,” which makes her sound kind of oblivious, I read it as “My father was killed in a mining explosion and my mother went catatonic, so I’m really the only parent I’ve known for a long time now, and I have to take care of her and my sister, and they’re all I have and I have to hunt to feed us all at a subsistence level and it’s the only thing I’m good at and my only friend is a guy who hunts with me and we’re really close and I think I might have feelings for him but I’ve known him so long that I’m not sure and I’m afraid to get close to people anyway but I hope he’ll take care of my family if I don’t come back, oh God I’ve got to come back to take care of my family, I’m all they’ve got, and Peeta once threw me some bread out of pity and now he keeps trying to be friendly but then he blew me off and trained by himself and then he actually betrayed me and went with the horrible laughing killer kids but wait now it looks like he was doing that to protect me and I think he said he had a crush on me so we would look good on TV but I don’t know and in the end one of us is going to have to die and possibly kill the other and I can’t get attached to someone I have to kill and maybe he’s playing me, I don’t know, but now he’s all I’ve got and I can’t let him die of gangrene and maybe pretending to have feelings I don’t have is the only way for us both to survive, wait I don’t know if I have them after all, but even if I do *I can’t tell if Peeta loves me or he’s faking*."
Occupation: Girl - So I saw The Hunger Games. (Cleolinda’s LJ, 3/23/12)
What I read there was that while it sounded naive on the surface, it actually indicated that her level of distrust in other people was so strong and her own perception of people was so utilitarian that she literally couldn’t conceive of the fact that someone might have romantic feelings for her.
Erik’s gold stars she is adorable.
I think Suzanne Collins’ entire concept for these books was “How can I be the exact opposite of Stephanie Meyers?”
(SORRY ABOUT THE LANGUAGE I COULDN’T RESIST)
MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY. It is like the exact opposite and I love it so much and I hope every small girl who has read Twilight has also read the Hunger Games to cancel it out. :33
Oh my god! I just read the first Hunger Games book from cover to cover! I cannot belive I haven’t read these before! Starting the second one after while!!!!!
Aaaaah I just did that today as well! Katniss is such a G. I haven’t read something with such a BAMF protagonist in quite some time (then again, the last book I read was A Portrait of Dorian Grey whose protagonist is like the antithesis of The Hunger Games ;_____________________; I actually still haven’t really recovered from Dorian…..). So many “strong female characters” aren’t very relate-able and actually come off as quite annoying because they care too much for the rando guy characters when they should be more worried about the conflict in the book (sorry, Demon’s Lexicon, I’m looking at you. Mae does have a strong personality and doesn’t let people boss her around, but she is v worried about what they think and I can’t relate to her AT ALL).