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The Last Tribute: Chapter Seven
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mirandabeth From: mirandabeth Date: August 23rd, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: It's crying time again?

But Katniss cries all the time. In stressful situations or in the anticipation of something terrible coming, rather than actual grief situations, eg the quell announcement. She holds back (or tries to) when there's a percieved need, like the cameras are on, or she needs to be strong for someone else.

Plus, the screaming at the cat is followed immediately by crying.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2014 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: It's crying time again?

I think the reason this scene sticks out is that the jeopardy doesn't feel as real as the other times, so it doesn't seem as urgent.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: August 24th, 2014 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I... didn't really get that feeling, honestly. The jeopardy doesn't feel as immediate, no, not as urgent... but the sense of "I just ruined everything and they're going to punish people I love" was pretty convincing to me. Maybe that's partly in context of the occasions where they do it, both in the books and in fic, but even so.

Maybe I'm too in touch with my inner drama queen?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2014 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe I'm not in touch enough. ;p
mirandabeth From: mirandabeth Date: August 24th, 2014 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it's also, I think, the first time that she perceives she's done something truly rebellious, and for all her poaching and daring to complain about the Capitol where no one except Gale can hear, that's a really big deal for her. It doesn't strike me as weird.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 24th, 2014 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Personally I’m with the people who understand why Katniss had a crying fit. Aside from general fear about possible bad repercussions for her family, she feels like she has ruined all her chances even before entering the arena. She fears either that she’ll be prevented from participating in the Games (because the Capitol will arrest her/throw her in prison/kill her) or that the Gamemakers will harass her with mutts and traps in the arena and kill her there, all of which means that she’ll be prevented from winning the Games and thus won’t return to home and to Prim (which is her sole goal at this point).

I also wanted to react to a comment Fern made in passing earlier in this thread, about the 'weirdness' of Haymitch hitting Peeta on the train: if we ignore for a moment Fern’s awsome characterization and backstory and only focus on the source material that is Collins’s book, I always figured that Haymitch throwing this punch was purely a drunken reaction. He has a glass of booze in his hand and suddenly someone strikes him and makes the glass fall down. For a moment in his drunken state he forgets that this someone is one of his tribute and just throws a punch at him because he’s angry at the attack and the spilled booze. Then he turns to the table to reach the remaining booze.
(This reading doesn't sit so well when we take into account Haymitch as characterized in Fern's fics -- even drunk, this Haymitch has too much backstory with Danny to lash at his son like this, which may be why it seems so weird in retrospect...)

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
For me, the oddness with Haymitch is that we never again see him being randomly violent. He sulks a lot, and when Peeta actually dumps his supplies, he loses it (as opposed to the train, he now can't get any more), but mostly, we see him wake up with the knife (most likely from arena nightmares), and that's it. He doesn't seem prone at any other point to just taking a swing.

I'm not bothered by Katniss have a moment of panic, but the flinging herself around and sobbing did strike me as a little out of place with what we've seen of her.
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