[info]aldiara wrote
on May 2nd, 2012 at 11:25 am

30 Days of Hunger Games

LA LA LA. So I did consider doing 30 Days of Angel just to complete the trifecta of primary Whedon shows (Dollhouse, what Dollhouse?), but then I took one look at the questions and realised it would be a waste of time because I disliked that show so much I'd just be pissing off everyone who did like it, lol (Example: Day 26 - something that you wish had never happened: THIS ENTIRE FREAKING SUCKY SHOW. Day 27 - something that you wish had happened: A SHOW FEATURING CORDELIA, DOYLE, FAITH AND OZ INSTEAD.)

So instead I'm going with something I did enjoy:

Day 1: Your favourite character
Peeta. Honestly, this character is a mystery. He is so lovable and charming and noble-spirited-yet-utterly-pragmatic and wryly humorous and emotionally aware and supportive that he should be annoying and Gary Stu-ish to the max. Instead, he's layered and real and lovely. HOW?

Day 2: Your least favourite character
Huh. I'm not sure I actually have a least favourite. All these characters are in some way awesome and/or necessary.

Day 3: A character you hate that everyone loves
I don't hate any characters though I do hate these questions. I don't know what "everyone" else loves. I wasn't that interested in Gale because he came across as a somewhat standard, slightly dull hero type to me and didn't get enough depth (and I don't entirely understand the massive hype about him, apart from Liam Hemsworth being pretty); but I certainly don't hate or even dislike him.

Day 4: A character you love that everyone hates
I don't believe there's anyone everyone hates! Who does everyone hate?? Don't say one of the Careers. My heart will actually break. THEY ARE CHILDREN/TEENS FACED WITH IMPOSSIBLE CHOICES. (Don't say Snow or Coin either. They both rock their respective layers of evil!)

Day 5: Your favourite fight/battle scene
Considering what a very good job both the books and the movie have done highlighting the needless atrocity of the violence-as-entertainment factor, that is a spectacularly dumb question, lol.

Day 6: A scene that made you laugh
The one in Catching Fire where Johanna strips off her ridic tree costume and makes casual naked chit-chat in the elevator while Katniss is all silently prim and outraged <3333333

Day 7: A scene that made you cry
1) Rue's death 2) The bit in Mockingjay where Katniss blurts out random things for Peeta to remember about himself and then runs off to her tent before she does something stupid like cry. I had that stupid all covered :CCCCC

Day 8: The character you are most like
Foxface, I guess? Stay in hiding until everybody else has killed each other off is totes what I would do.

Day 9: Your favorite quote
1) "Yes, frosting. The final defense of the dying."
2) "Finnick?" I say. "Maybe some trousers?" #pantslesscomfort #FTW

Day 10: Peeta or Gale
See above. Also allow me to snottily snot that I loathe this question with the fire of a thousand suns. This ain't Twilight.

Day 11: Something you hate about the series
Nothing. Why all the hate-mongering, meme? :CCC

Day 12: A character you wish hadn't died
Finnick. I get why and that no one was safe, but damn. That was rough.

Day 13: A character you wish had died
No one.

Day 14: Your favourite tribute (aside from Peeta/Katniss)
From The Hunger Games, Rue and Thresh. From the movie, Rue (what a perfect young actress!) and Cato (loved that they gave him more depth). From Catching Fire, Johanna Mason. I loved how angry and damaged she was and how it didn't stop her from kicking arse and turning everything that had been done to her into a weapon.

Day 15: Your least favourite tribute (aside from Peeta/Katniss)
I don't have a least favourite. Even the ones who played right into the hands of the system and embraced the killing just made me sad because they were so trapped by their lack of alternatives.

Day 16: A question you wish had been answered in the book
I would've liked to learn more about Peeta's brothers and I thought that the fact that his entire family died in the District 12 bombing got completely glossed over. Apart from one brief question from him about why they hadn't come to see him, I don't even remember there being a single reaction scene (although it's been a while since I read Mockingjay, so someone please correct me if I'm wrong).

Day 17: The worst death
Finnick's. I do love that this is a story that doesn't cater to happily ever afters and what characters DESERVE, but I so hoped he'd make it. Poor Annie. Cinna's was rough, too. And Prim. And Rue. And goddammit, every death in this story is awful, okay.

Day 18: A song that reminds you of the series
As mentioned in [info]amo_amas_amat's song-hunting post a while ago, Baker Baker by Tori Amos reminds me of Peeta's hijacked era in a way that's downright uncanny.

Day 19: Your favourite pairing
Much as I adore Katniss and Peeta (hahah lookit me being all mainstream), I also have lots of love for Finnick/Annie. If we're talking fanon, I also love the idea of Katniss/Johanna, Haymitch/Peeta, Haymitch/Maysilee, and the tributes are pretty much infinitely shippable in ALL combinations, lol. AS IS CINNA.

Day 20: Your least favourite pairing
Can't say I have one.

Day 21: A pairing you don't get
Again, nothing really comes to mind. I don't find Katniss/Gale very interesting, but I wouldn't say I don't get it.

Day 22: Your favourite book of the three
I don't have one. I read them back to back (like, I'd get up to grab the next book while approaching the end of one, just so I'd have it handy as soon as Suzanne Collins hit me with another evil cliffhanger), so it's pretty much one long story to me.

Day 23: Your favourite secondary character
Annie Cresta. I have a soft spot for crazy chicks.

Day 24: Your least favourite secondary character
Again, I don't think I had one. I fail at disliking anyone in this verse, apparently. Woe.

Day 25: Your dream cast
The Hunger Games hit it pretty perfectly. For Catching Fire, I've already posted about this here.

Day 26: Your favourite scene in The Hunger Games
Pretty much this, both book and movie version. Oh Peeta - how so honest and ruthlessly manipulative at the same time? LOVE.

Day 27: Your favourite scene in Catching Fire
The scene after the announcement of the Third Quarter Quell rule, when Katniss and Haymitch get drunk together and come to their agreement to protect Peeta. It's so glum and resentful and hopeless and they're SO ALIKE and gaaaah. All the feelings.

Day 28: Your favourite scene in Mockingjay
This is where I embrace my status as 1) a masochist because my favourite scene is the one that makes me cry the hardest, and 2) a crazy cat lady: the one where Buttercup shows up demanding to know where Prim is and he and Katniss end up cuddling together in shared grief, no matter how much they disliked each other before. I DON'T CARE HOW RIDICULOUS THIS IS. I LOVE IT, OKAY.

Day 29: Your favourite thing about the entire series
As demonstrated by this meme, I love that this premise and these characters give us no easy solutions and no black and white. Even the Capitol is not evil; it's all made up of individuals and most of them are not bad folks. I love the stark social commentary of the whole thing that never wags a preachy finger in admonishment; just tells a tale that makes us love and fear and loathe and suffer with these characters while making such a strong case for compassion and the human conscience as a guiding force. I love the meta wrapped in meta. It's the best kind of cautionary tales, of mirrors: it doesn't simply spoon-feed you values but it makes you think.

Day 30: A book/series that you would rec to fellow fans
Days of Grass by Tanith Lee; Otherland by Tad Williams.

BONUS: Day 31: Whatever you want
Kind of an addendum to No. 25, but I have SO joined the casting bandwagon for Jesse Williams as Finnick. I will not even argue it. Just freaking look at him.

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