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These Are The Names, Chapter 9
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From: (Anonymous) Date: May 27th, 2014 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Catches and Thoughts

I have been having a think about someones comment last chapter. Having not read cannon (and having no intention of reading cannon) I don't have a cannon idea of Effie at all. So she has never come across to me as an airhead. Is it just that Fern cannot write a stupid character?? We keep on crawling in to their heads and see it all makes a certain sense? Or does Katniss's view of Effie simply mean that Effie is acting more stupid then she actually is? Certainly, a lot of women in history have done that, and done it startling well. Jayne Mansfield jumps to mind. The woman was a violin virtuoso but preferred to wriggle across a screen and giggle breathlessly.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 27th, 2014 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Catches and Thoughts

I think part of it is just a function of being inside someone's head at all. Inside your head, even the weirdest things you do make sense on some level.
From: queen_bellatrix Date: May 27th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Catches and Thoughts

Along with what Fern says (which is spot-on imho), and Fern, let me know if you disagree/this isn't how you're writing her? But, imho, much of what fandom sees as "being a bimbo/airhead" is just the psychological shielding you'd need to survive the games and not go batty. If you don't believe that you're maybe giving a kid a life of riches, and that introducing them to all the luxuries the Capitol has to provide will make it all less frightening, then you're faced with the idea that you're calling kids to get slaughtered.

There's also an expectation in the Capitol to be bright and appealing and the Games are a sporting event, for all intents and purposes. No matter what Effie's real feelings on the subject may be, she has to project positivity on camera because of the sponsors. And then, she's trying to be positive and lift the kids spirits; so, the kids would never see if she had doubts/misgivings/down moments.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 27th, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Catches and Thoughts

Totally with you on that! Effie would likely lose her job if she weren't positive and peppy in public. In essence, she's a pop star, but without the option of striking out on her own -- if she has a meltdown, it won't be a career boost like... oh, some former Disney stars that might or might not have an oblique connection to HG. It'll mean being fired and shot down into obscurity, because there is a strict monopoly in the industry.

Of course, in the Capitol, more might be going on. I don't think we've seen the end of Capitol Dreams.
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