Oh the holidays! Ever so fun.
The best of food, friends, and times.
Look how confident little ham is driving Santa’s gift giving tree. And poor Cat, doing his best to hold on to not only the tree, but his little hat too!
A print of this is available in my Society6 store.
100% of the profit I make on this print will be going to the Red Cross to help those in need in the Philippines.
I hope you in particular have a really wonderful holiday season! Tell me funny stories from the holidays, I’d love to do a doodle of them :)
Can we just stop and talk about this for a minute?
Thresh doesn’t make an alliance. Thresh doesn’t waste time liking her. Thresh knows that either he must kill her or she must kill him for one of them to win.
But this is the only way he can repay her for protecting Rue when he couldn’t. It’s the only way he can repay her for honoring Rue when he couldn’t. He honors her by sparing her friend, the girl who would have died for her.
The revolution really doesn’t start with Katniss.
It starts with Rue.
SOMEBODY FINALLY SAID IT
This is exactly the point I’ve been trying to make for years. Okay, so the revolution gets it’s kindling with Katniss. She volunteers, well that’s new, she rebels in the display of talents by shooting the apple. This triggers her perfect score, okay. These aren’t really “Revolutionary” though.
It’s not even revolutionary when Peeta professes his love, because, let’s face it, the rules of the game haven’t changed. They’re still just two kids who would have to KILL each other to win. Without a doubt, it would bring some interest to the games, so the Capitol makes propaganda about it. The “Star Crossed Lovers” in a game of life and death.
But what changes the game is Rue. Right away from her introduction in the books we know Rue is going to be somewhat of a big deal. She was compared to the most important character to Katniss, Prim, so that’s a huge indicator. She’s small, young, she’s what Prim would have been.
So Katniss instantly feels a subconscious pull toward her.
When they meet in the trees, Katniss could have killed Rue easily, and Rue probably could have pulled a sneak attack or alerted the Careers of Katniss’s presence. Instead, Rue points out the Tracker Jacker nest.
Then it escalates, Rue and Katniss become an odd team, they’re an alliance, which is never new in the Hunger Games, as forming teams and then betraying them at the end seems to be a common, but there’s is different. It’s close, it’s sisterly, protective.
And then Rue get’s impaled. Katniss kills her first tribute with ease after that. Comparing it to hunting game. Katniss holds Rue, she cries, and then she sings. She sings for Rue a song of promised safety and warmth, something completely absent in the arena.
And this is where the metaphorical canon fires. Katniss could have left Rue, the hovercraft would have been along to pick her up, but she can’t. She’s morally obligated to love this girl as much as possible. And this is where the revolution starts.
She honors the dead. She honors a dead tribute from a district she’d never seen, a person she’d known for only a short period of time. But she throws away Hunger Games norms. She rejects them completely.
In the Hunger Games you’re supposed to kill mercilessly and leave the victims for the plain box they’re shipped home in.
Katniss gives Rue a funeral in the Games, she decorates the body, she makes it look like Rue is sleeping. Like no harm had come. Katniss just ignited the coals that Rue had placed.
Rue’s District sends a parachute. Homemade bread.
Then Thresh kills Clove and distracts Cato by taking his bag.
The fire is going now, and the actions in Catching Fire are even more obvious.
The Speech for Rue. Peeta’s painting. Everything eludes back to this one little girl who became Katniss’s family.
So the revolution never started with Katniss, she was just the tinder for Rue’s ignition.
Rue was the real Mockingjay.
I just got fucking chills. I don’t think I ever realized this before. I need to reread those books again.
I agree with a lot of the points brought up here, and I’m not belittling Rue’s importance and significance, but imo Rue was merely the catalyst; the spark that turned Katniss into the Mockingjay.
A mockingjay is a “creature the capitol never intended to exist.” Once the capitol’s use of the jabberjays was no longer viable, they released them into the wild in the hopes they’d die off. They didn’t expect them to have the brains to survive and reproduce, but here you have it they mated with mockingbirds and the mockingjay was born. They are by their nature a symbol of survival, defiance and rebellion. Rue’s role wasn’t a rebellious one; she participated and died in the hunger games just as what was supposed to happen. Her death however triggered the defiance of Katniss in her song to Rue and in granting Rue a dignified burial, showing the capitol how Rue, and all the tributes were more than just a piece in their games. That was a act of rebellion in its own. It was Katniss’ reaction and salute that prompted the mercy of Thresh and the bread offering from District 11, because of Katniss’ refusal to trivialize rue’s life and death and refusing to ‘play the game’ on the Capitol’s terms.
Katniss is the Mockingjay because she evolves into the leader the Capitol never intended to exist. She was supposed to have died in the games or become a dehumanized killer, but her defiance, will to survive, compassion and refusal to play the games on the capitol’s terms underscore her role as the Mockingjay.
It was Rue’s death that triggered the spark and it was Katniss’ act with the berries that ignited the flame.
Baked some iPhone cookies to trick cops into pulling me over, then I just take a bite and ask if cookies are against the law.
This is from an Australian condom ad that was banned and it’s kind of great.
Name a british actor who has never been in drag.
GO ON, DO IT.
I DARE YOU.
you forgot these two
Also don’t forget.
the reblog button is so important to me when this post comes along
tom hiddleston hasn’t.