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The Last Tribute: Chapter Nineteen
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From: queen_bellatrix Date: November 2nd, 2014 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Some Possible Catches

So, I know this is ridiculously late; this is the first day I've had to sit down for what feels like more than a minute this week and so I'm playing catch-up.

First off, you're more than welcome about typo catching; it's one of the few arenas where I can put the fact that I'm constantly catching this stuff in all kinds of fiction I read to good use.:d

Plutarch. I'm not sure if you've seen the latest Mockingjay trailer, but Plutarch's attitude in this chapter reminded me so much of what he does in that, or at least what he appears to do; there's no telling what it'll look like on film; and it's exactly because of what you were saying about seeing the big picture but treating other people horribly despite/because of that. I can't help hoping we'll get an MJ review from you *misses your meta posts*

And I wanted to comment on that dream sequence, because I hadn't seen anyone else do so. First off, it made me want way more AU where Haymitch has a family pre-rebellion because that was such a fantastic, idyllic scene before the liquor came in! But I also think it was so very sad that he couldn't realize that the life he wanted was *this* close, because even after the 74th, he doesn't fully embrace it until the war's won. It's the awful catch-22 of addiction; he knows he's an alcoholic; he knows the way he lives is horrible, but there's no will to fix it. And it was made so much worse because I have a feeling the thing Finn "had on his mind" was that what he wanted to be doing for forty-five minutes was spending time with Haymitch helping, or he wouldn't be there. But Haymitch can't see it. I was so glad, later in the chapter, to see him reaching out to the other victors, laughing with them etc. etc. to see that the desire for human connection was still there, because otherwise, that dream and its aftermath would've been just about unbearable. For all that the first part of GM is happier because of K/P, there's something indescribably sad in him still spending so much of it drunk.

And the way you're constantly playing with him needing to "age up" in his dreams, and how much that's a subtle clue to the reader that certain of his perceptions are vastly unreliable is brilliant. Just wanted you to know especially what an impact that bit of the chapter had, even after several days and reading the next chapter.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 2nd, 2014 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Some Possible Catches

I just realized that we weren't mutual friends (forgive me -- I honestly didn't realize!). I do some meta; it's just mostly under f-locked posts. I've also been using my other blog sporadically for movie reviews.

Haymitch's need to realize that he's not a kid and not in the arena is really turning into the theme here. Of course, he can't completely accept it for another couple of books, because we know how he is... but I think he's starting to accept the idea that he's not one of the kids now, but one of the "parents." He's missed his birth family so much, I think that the idea of having a family is such a healing notion for him, but also, as it is for Katniss, an utterly terrifying one with the Games on. Of course, he finally accepts Katniss and Peeta as spirit-children, only to have them reaped again.

And yes, that's what Finn had on his mind. He was also considering the possibly inadvisable (at this point) idea of flatly telling Haymitch that Jo isn't kidding. That both of them think of him as essentially a second father, and that they think he's good at it, and feel safe in his care. (Imagine the scoffing Haymitch would do at the idea that he'd kept Finnick safe.) Finnick also wants to tell him to have a real family already, in Twelve, but that's such a weird thing to say to spirit-dad that I'm not sure he could have spit it out anyway.

Edited at 2014-11-02 06:33 am (UTC)
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