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The Last Tribute: Chapter Twelve - The Phantom Librarian — LiveJournal
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The Last Tribute: Chapter Twelve
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 15th, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Credit for the threat goes to the Seneca nation. I grew not far from a town where there was a "torture tree" monument, where that was exactly what they did to a captured soldier. Things like that freak me out, and tend to end up in stories.

I like the way Brutus is coming out here. He actually likes the Games, and is totally furious that they're being "misused" like this.

Edited at 2014-09-15 10:45 pm (UTC)
patita_fea From: patita_fea Date: September 16th, 2014 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

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That was me above.

Things like the torture tree tend to stick with me too. An early chapter of Steven Pinker's "Better Angels of Our Nature" describes the varied and inventive ways people have been nasty to each other. It pops up in my writing sometimes too.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

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"That Katniss "of course" missed"...

Why do you and so many of Fern's readers dislike and regularly try to discredit Katniss? You don't need to bring down one character just because you like another. Haymitch is experienced and has had time to think things out but because Katniss is a teenager worried about her own (terrible) situation, she's called things like unreliable or daft or made out to be "dumb" in comments from Fern's readers. Normally in comments that are praising Haymitch and Peeta.

It's a really distasteful trend that comes along with Fern's amazing world within Collins'.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

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[Fern checking in from offsite]
I think that was "of course" as in, Katniss isn't going to see that about herself, because that's not the sort of thing anyone is likely to notice from the outside. There are a lot of things Haymitch doesn't notice about his own psychology that are blindingly obvious to people around him. People are notoriously bad about understanding why they do things, even if they're good about understanding why other people do.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 17th, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

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I'm really not trying to hate on Katniss. In canon she consistently misreads people's motivations, with the notable exception of Haymitch. But even with him, I imagine the idea that someone would care about her sense of competence, about her feelings, in the arena is probably too strange to occur to her.

Of course she would focus on the practical, strategic reason for Haymitch's decision and completely miss the psychological one. She's an intensely practical young woman, and she's not used to being taken care of in that way.
willowlistener From: willowlistener Date: September 17th, 2014 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the worst one for me is the roaring bull, the brass bull statue where someone was placed inside whilst a fire was lit beneath, and their screams of agony were turned by a trick of acoustics, into realistic bull bellows. Of course, if you're feeling more subtle, the Magdalene Laundries are right up there for cruelty and they are in living memory.
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