@alyssavelaryons
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2022-06-28 07:13:21
    headspace-hotel

    I don't know which of you needs to hear this, but it is your God-given right to not be on social media.

    Those of you on tiktok and twitter seem constantly angry and depressed about it. "It is terrible and causes me pain!" you say. Then delete your account! Simply do not have a Tiktok or Twitter or Tumblr or Facebook! It is your right and privilege to say "No, you are not allowed to make me feel like shit!" and delete, remove, and deactivate that motherfucker straight to hell!

    headspace-hotel

    I'm not saying you must do this.

    I'm just saying that refusing to be on social media is the single biggest "NO" a person is allowed in this world. In one fell swoop, say "I do not consent" to thousands of companies, influencers, celebrities, bigots, and whackos, none of which care in the least about your successes or your suffering.

    And they can't do SHIT about it!

    headspace-hotel

    Remember: social media executives do not want you to have a healthy relationship with social media.

    They specifically intend that your relationship with social media is unhealthy. Their business depends on making sure people can't set boundaries.

    Whatever destructive and detrimental thing keeps you trapped, whether it's your righteous anger, your self-harming urges, your anxiety, or your boredom, they want it to never let go of you.

    So, if it doesn't make you happier and more fulfilled, if it isn't ACTIVELY worthwhile and enriching your life...

    ...just say NO THANKS! And LEAVE!!!!

    olderthannetfic

    You can also do it on your terms. 1 hour of catching up on your tumblr dash/day. Only look at twitter on the weekend. Whatever.

    Doomscrolling is what they want you to do, but it’s not an inevitability.

    actualteenadultteen

    The Hunger Games, Actual Teen style!

    On the left, 15-year-old Josh Hutcherson.

    On the right, 16-year-old Jennifer Lawrence.

    Think how much creepier it would be to see them killing other kids when they look so squishy-cheeked and little.

    thelegendofelectraheart

    “Think how much creepier it would be to see them killing other kids when they look so squishy-cheeked and little.”

    THAT’S THE POINT SUZANNE COLLINS WAS TRYING TO MAKE

    lumos-of-my-life

    Think about these cute squishy kids being forced into a romance in order to survive

    impuretale

    And the threat of these cute squishy kids being forced into prostitution after the games are over. 

    my-graceless-heart

    REBLOGGING THIS AGAIN WITH A REMINDER THAT FINNICK WAS 14 WHEN HE WAS REAPED/WON THE GAMES AND WAS FORCED INTO PROSTITUTION SOON AFTERWARD

    bisexuelledoe

    wait the kids were forced into prostitution after they won???

    a-terf

    Some of the Victors were, especially if they were attractive to lots of rich people during the games. How do you think you pay off the parachute things people send you to help you win the game? Those books were so fucked up

    berrygoodindeed

    That’s why I feel like actual teens should have been cast in the movie. It would have hammered in the message of the books so much more.

    lvlbeginner

    And if they had cast actual teenages, I’m sure they wouldn’t have focus so much on romance in the films. They would have focus on the horror of the hunger games, like they damn well should have.

    isashi-nigami

    The hunger game movies are the exact thing the hunger game books was trying to warn us about

    redthealien

    Just going to add in a few other things that a lot of people seem to miss because it was either de-emphasized or cut entirely from the movies:

    -Haymitch Abernathy was 16 when he won the Hunger Games, and the Capitol attempted to force him into prostitution as they did with Finnick and many other popular victors. He refused, and in retaliation, they gradually killed off everyone he loved one by one—his friends from home, his family, his girlfriend. He began drinking heavily at a young age to deal with the trauma of the Games, the loss of everyone he’d ever cared about, and subsequently having to continually relive the trauma of the Games in mentoring roughly 50 children, two each year, whom he’d then have to send to their deaths in the Arena. 

    -The Capitol also attempted to force Joanna Mason into prostitution. She, too, refused, and like with Haymitch, the Capitol retaliated by killing off everyone she loved one by one. She alludes to this in both the book and the movie version of Catching Fire, not flinching when she enters the Jabberjay area of the arena because there’s “no one left” that she loves. The movies don’t really explore this, though, while the books do more exploration both with everything the Capitol has taken from her and the lingering effects of her PTSD from her imprisonment by the Capitol. 

    -The only reason Peeta and Katniss weren’t forced into prostitution was because the Capitol was too invested in the “Star-Crossed Lovers from District 12″ narrative. 

    -Also, Katniss spent the latter half of her first Hunger Games deaf in one ear and had to have her middle and inner ear reconstructed after the Games—the explosion at the Cornucopia permanently fucked up her hearing in that ear. She’s able to hear again after the surgeries but never quite the same. 

    -And Peeta had a prosthetic leg! He was severely injured while fleeing the “Mutts” at the end of the Games and was bleeding out from his leg by the time he and Katniss reached the Cornucopia. Katniss gave him a tourniquet using one of her last two arrows to tighten it. Doing so saved his life, but by the time the Capitol doctors took them out of the arena, the leg was beyond saving and had to be amputated. Katniss finds this out in their “post-Games” interview with Cesar Flickerman. 

    -Just generally the movies glossed over or completely cut a lot of characters whose experiences in the games left them physically disabled (Katniss’s partial deafness and Peeta’s lost leg being cut entirely, Beetee’s spinal damage from the forcefield leaving him wheelchair-bound being largely kinda glossed over) or with PTSD (Katniss and Peeta’s PTSD isn’t really explored that much, Joanna’s PTSD is pretty much skipped over entirely, Annie’s barely in the movies at all, Haymitch’s entire backstory is cut, the fact that Finnick is basically just constantly putting on a show and barely holding it together under the surface isn’t ever really explored, pretty much all of the addiction subplots including Haymitch attempting to quit drinking and Katniss starting to drink at one point and everything related to morphling are cut…). 

    -Basically as “rough” as the movies are they sanitized the FUCK out of the Hunger Games and the world surrounding them, and that’s…not a good thing.

    TL;DR: @isashi-nigami is completely correct,The hunger game movies are the exact thing the hunger game books was trying to warn us about.

    bundibird

    Two things:

    • The only reason Katniss and Peeta were saved from prostitution was timing. After their own Games, the rumblings of rebellion had really started to gain traction. All victors have to do a celebratory circuit of all the Districts, but Peeta and Katniss’s celebration circuit was being used by Snow as a “everything’s fine, please don’t rebel, we’re just a pair of teenagers in live” prop tool for Snow to try and supress the rebellion. Peeta and Katniss were much more useful to him as teens in love than they were as prostitutes. Then we went straight from there to the 75th Games, in which Peeta and Katniss were fighters. Between being used to quell a revolution and having the Quarter Quell go the way it did, there was no time for Snow to loan them out to people. But had the timing been different – had there been no rebellion or had Peeta and Katniss not been central to it or had it all been delayed long enough for the post-games celebrations to die out, then yeah, they would have been sold to the highest bidder just like Finnick was.
    • I actually thibk that the fact that the film’s focussed on the romance and the glitz and glamour and etc was… accidentally clever, on Hollywood’s part. They certainly didn’t mean to do this, but they 100% replicated the Capitol’s attitude to the Games. They made it all about the entertainment, all about the story and the romance and the drama. So many people would have watched those movies and been taken in by the romance plot, and the revolutionary plot would have been secondary. The social commentary wouldn’t have even registered. Even the fact that they used older actors for the teens – in the books, Katniss and Peeta are never seen in public without a full face of make up once they’re Reaped. Katniss undergoes a full beauty treatment and not only is she wearing make up that makes her look older and more mature, but so is Peeta. The Capitol didn’t want them looking like fresh faced babies, and neither did Hollywood. If you watch those films merely for the entertainment they provide, then congrats. You’re the canon target audience of the Hunger Games. Hollywood was never going to make a movie that focuses on the true horrors of such a story, the way it should. Especially when the social commentary in the Hunger Games is terrifyingly similar to a social commentary on our society as a whole. No, no - they were always going to focus on the romance and the glitz and the glamour and the heroism. Which is……. kind of poetic, really. That they went and did the exact same thing that the villains did.
    dressedindustandshadows

    THIS MAN ^^^ I wrote an essay about the lack of humanity in this book and man I should’ve read this first

    cheeseanonioncrisps

    The whole youthful and innocent vs older and sexy thing actually gets brought up at the end of the first book.

    Cinna puts Katniss in a dress that is consciously designed to make her look much younger than she actually is, so as to play up the ‘teens in love’ angle they’re trying to sell the Capitol.

    But the dress also has padding, so as to make her breasts and hips seem larger than they are, since she’s been literally on the verge of starvation for weeks, and wasn’t eating that much before that, and as a result she isn’t that curvy. Katniss is shocked by this, but Cinna explains that the dress was actually a compromise, because the original Capitol plan had been to give her plastic surgery.

    Katniss then realises that none of the male tributes grew facial hair in the arena, even though several of them were old enough (note: she doesn’t say that all of them were old enough. Though Rue was the youngest, this suggests that there were other tributes who were young teenagers) and that something must have been done to them to prevent that from happening.

    Also, it’s worth considering that Katniss and Peeta probably looked even younger than your typical sixteen year olds.

    Katniss makes a big deal about how much they both get to eat at home, but if you read between the lines, Peeta lives off stale bread from the bakery and the odd bit of meat, and Katniss is essentially living the hunter gatherer lifestyle, supplemented by what they can buy from the baker and what they can get from Prim’s goat.

    They’re much more well-nourished than the bulk of District Twelve, but Katniss can still easily spot the Career Tributes, because they’re the ones who have always had enough to eat. She’s one of the older (and therefore almost certainly heavier) tributes, but she still gets to hide in trees to get away from the Careers, because she’s significantly lighter than all of them.

    Malnutrition tends to push back puberty. Katniss would probably be less well-developed than a modern teenager of the same age.

    Notably, we don’t hear about her getting her period— or even wondering about that like she does with the facial hair— in the arena. Which, yeah, could be because of our culture’s habit of viewing menstruation as less kid-friendly than graphic child murder and mentions of prostitution, but it’s worth considering that in real life she might well have not started it yet.

    While wearing the final interview dress, even with the padding to give her bigger breasts and wider hips, she says she looks about “fourteen at most”, which even accounting for Cinna’s borderline magical design skills, suggests that she probably tends to look like a younger teen even without it.

    The Hunger Games would have been almost unbearably disturbing, if they hadn’t decided to cast almost all the characters as incredibly fit twenty somethings.