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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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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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