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The Last Tribute: Chapter Nine - The Phantom Librarian — LiveJournal
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The Last Tribute: Chapter Nine
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redrikki From: redrikki Date: September 1st, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
This chapter reinforces my love of the unreliable narrator. Both Katniss in the books and Haymitch here have information which the other does not and it radically alters their perception of what's going on. For Katniss, Effie is an insensitive bitch, for Haymitch she's a caring woman who is high as a kite. For Haymitch, Peeta is a tragic figure making the sacrifice play, while for Katniss he's suspect and dangerous.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 1st, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unreliable narrators are why I love POV-flipping so much. It's almost a different story.

While Haymitch is more right than Katniss about Peeta here, he's also indulging in a little idealization. I didn't notice how subtle Collins is with his character on a casual read, but going through this chapter, she does a fabulous job of letting Peeta peek out around Katniss's filter. He's hurt, he's angry, and he's scared -- the little lash-out lines that he has about "After she shoved me!" and "Say hello to my mother"... he's a sixteen year old kid who just took a big emotional risk and didn't get much from it.
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