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The Last Tribute: Chapter Eighteen - The Phantom Librarian — LiveJournal
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The Last Tribute: Chapter Eighteen
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2014 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Feedback/Some Catches

Hmm. The shoes could be a continuity error. Or a deliberate exaggeration. Or Haymitch's memory being fuzzy. I'll get an answer in, one way or another.

Money is the bogeyman of my life. I rarely get weepy over anything else, and I wanted to put in something about the sheer psychological power of the stuff, especially when people are saying, "Help us by... GIVING US MONEY! If you don't give us money, you DON'T CARE!" It's horrible. And yes, poverty is definitely situational. Where I grew up, I was certainly not well-to-do by any means, but very few people in town were. Social events tended to be cheap or free, not that I socialized a lot (for other reasons). The kids who got cars got old junkers, and no one thought twice about it. Getting to college? Culture shock of major proportions.

A lot of the weirdness with timing, I'll write off as Capitol censorship, and replaying of earlier segments in mandatory viewing hours. (In fact, a goodish chunk was because, in F8, I hadn't really stepped back and appreciated just how long Katniss spends in this book just randomly wandering the woods. It was probably actually supposed to be afternoon when she found Peeta.)

I think Chaff was worried about Haymitch becoming an addict. He's seen it in other victors, and boy, Haymitch sure was acting like it. But Haymitch says he's not, and doesn't tell Chaff that in the Capitol, he's been on meds. Chaff, I think, really isn't an alcoholic, just a heavy drinker.

Aurelian hasn't quite finished his transformation into wanting to be just like Peeta -- that will probably come during the time in the cave, so that probably wasn't him. And I doubt Snow would let Prisca on camera, alas.

Of course they never expected Twelve to win. That's never supposed to happen!
vesta_aurelia From: vesta_aurelia Date: October 22nd, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Feedback/Some Catches

"Of course they never expected Twelve to win. That's never supposed to happen!"

It's always supposed to be One or Two, isn't it--the good, obedient little Stockholm-ed Districts who are so invested in their own systemic abuse that they can't see how they're being abused? (with, occassionally, an outlier from another District, just to keep the rest playing the game).

The more you think about them, the more sick the mental abuse/addiction cycle of the Games are.
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