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The Last Tribute: Chapter Twenty-One - The Phantom Librarian — LiveJournal
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The Last Tribute: Chapter Twenty-One
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 9th, 2014 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Awesome

Canon HG is actually one of the few times a love triangle didn't bother me because (a) it has a thematic purpose (will Katniss choose hope or vengeance?)(b) it's clear from the get-go that the Gale leg is a dead end and the plot is Katniss figuring that out.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 9th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Awesome

The movie fans appear to be having a harder time figuring that out than Katniss...
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 9th, 2014 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Awesome

I agree it has a thematic purpose in canon!HG. My irritation wasn't so much that the triangle existed (this is another type of irritation I run into often in YA), but that I personally felt that too large a percentage of the narrative focused on it.

It wasn't as bad as in Divergent though. I did actually like Book 1 of Hunger Games reasonably well, though I felt it went a bit downhill after that. Catching Fire was still good, but I wasn't a fan of Mockingjay. I can't call myself a huge fan overall, but the books were certainly worth reading.

Maybe it's that I'm not a kid myself, but I just find Haymitch's POV to the more interesting as it keeps the love triangle (and the rest of the canon events) in play but doesn't make me sit through them from a directly involved POV.

At any rate, great stories. I went through most of them on ffnet here recently.
cheddartrek From: cheddartrek Date: November 9th, 2014 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Awesome

Oops, forgot to log in. That was me :P
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 9th, 2014 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Awesome

Thanks.

As a forty-something person, I guess I was sort of reading them from the adult POV even when it wasn't given (dangers of growing up). ;) The adult nightmare quotient in the books is so high that I barely noticed the love triangle. I was just thinking, AAAAAAAAGH! all the way through.

I actually liked Mockingjay best (Oh, okay, I liked Catching Fire best because Peeta) because of the horrific aspect that after everything, they managed to get themselves into an even worse situation than the Capitol. It seemed like a really true-to-life version of a rebellion as we see them play out all too often. I haven't seen that come up a lot, and it was unsettling to me in a very good way. It was like... if Boromir had convinced the others to let him use the Ring in the war.

Edited at 2014-11-09 05:21 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 9th, 2014 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Awesome

I like the love triangle here (though I don't usually), because I like how Collins resolved it: "Why won't I marry you, Gale? Because your bomb killed my baby sister, who is the reason I volunteered in the 74th Games!"

Also, I like the love triangle because I consider myself a Nice Guy; and for once, the girl chose the Nice Guy over the Bad Boy. Katniss's choice is quite the opposite of Scarlett O'Hara's, f'rinstance.

-- Tom
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