This is a matter of grave import, dear blog readers, for the last Hunger Games movie (Mockingjay, Part 2) is coming out in November, and the fandom is just about to burst.
That now-familiar trope, the Dystopian Boyfriend, is going to have such a field day.
Dear blog readers already know where self lies on this gradient.
This discussion has to do with the movie version of The Hunger Games, not the books! For you lame ones who have never seen a Hunger Games movie, Gale Hawthorne is played by Liam Hemsworth, and Peeta Mellark is played by Josh Hutcherson.
Going in to movie # 1, self had no love for J-Hutch, as she’d only seen him in The Kids Are All Right and he struck her as — all right but he definitely was not her first choice for actor to play Peeta (Her all-time favorite HG character) Now, four years later, after reading the entire trilogy, watching 3 movies, and becoming a fan fiction writer of Everlark (??? Can you believe it ???), self is all like, WHO IS LIAM? WHO IS GALE? There can only be ONE Dystopian Boyfriend! Don’t even mention! Self can’t even!
Let the Decider.com analysis begin! (Ummm, the discussants are both men. Nevertheless. Posted March, 2015)
P.S. It is Friday. Please feel free to be super self-indulgent. No trigger warnings. Definitely the PG version.
Excerpts of choice:
- Pro-Liam: The chiseled Hemsworth jaw. The woodsy hunter look. The delicate, elderly aunt’s name. (Self didn’t know that Gale was an aunt’s name? Does Collins say this in the books?)
- Pro-Josh: I could probably carry him around on trips with a little Glad container of hummus.
- Pro-Liam: “Hey, babe, calm down. No one is thinking about this nearly as hard as you are. Let’s go hunting.”
- Pro-Josh: I’m very attracted to tiny boxes of feelings that are likely to explode like a pressure cooker.
- Pro-Liam: Peeta would come back after the seventh time I fake-break up with him, while Gale would call my bluff . . .
- Pro-Josh: I’m gonna snatch it/him right up! And then carry him around on my back, like a human Yoda.
Had enough, dear blog readers?
A long, loooong time ago, when self was still having meaningful discussions with Niece Georgina (who was at Stanford), she declared herself unable to see the attraction in J-Hutch and Georgina said “No. It’s Josh. Definitely. Hotter.”
And the rest is history.
How self could ever have considered Liam Hemsworth anything more than a limp dishrag when contrasted with the all-over hotness of J-Hutch (His miniscule height strangely adds, rather than detracts, from the appeal — people, don’t ask self to explain, it just IS) is simply confounding.
Self is also still reading Howard Jacobson’s hilarious and heartbreaking novel, The Act of Love (Set in London, today. His main character spends a lot of time on Great Russell Street)
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.