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The Last Tribute: Chapter Seven - The Phantom Librarian — LiveJournal
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The Last Tribute: Chapter Seven
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 23rd, 2014 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: It's crying time again?

I agree, but it was in the source material, so that's what had to be there. She goes to her room and cries for about an hour.

It seemed like an odd overreaction, which is why I had Haymitch think that it's just everything finally catching up to her, more than anything that particularly happened in the test.

Edited at 2014-08-23 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: queen_bellatrix Date: August 23rd, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: It's crying time again?

It seemed like an odd overreaction

Yeah, most of my big critiques of this series come in Book 1. It's like Collins started to have deeper, more complex understandings of her characters (even later in this book), but then never went back and edited these first few chapters to bring them in line with the rest of the book. Or started writing before she really had a solid feel for the characters and then got caught by deadline, which I can somewhat understand.:)

The only thing that made this one somewhat redeemable for me was that Kattniss asks about whether they will hurt her family in the dinner chat, and then starts to cheer up almost immediately when Haymitch says no, which always allowed me to somewhat interpret the crying as more motivated by fear for Prim etc., which's always been a driving force for her.

But, I was as impressed by how you handled this one as the incongruous first morning on the train. Because yeah, when the high of saving Prim started to fade, Twelve's pretty bleak record would start to look pretty scary, so the it all catching up is a really plausible reaction.:d

Edited at 2014-08-23 08:55 pm (UTC)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2014 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: It's crying time again?

I agree with you there. That's one of the reasons the first book left me a little nonplused (I read it, but forgot about it until the hoopla surrounding the movie, when I started hearing how great "Catching Fire" was, then I re-read and liked it). There seemed to be a lot of sort of feeling her way... which I get. And since I tend to post publicly chapter by chapter, leaving weirdness when I get a better feel later on, I totally sympathize.

But Haymitch hitting Peeta, Katniss going on a crying jag after the test, etc... yeah. They stick out a little bit in view of later characterizations. The constant flashbacks were a little irritating, too, though we needed them.
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