Catching Fire just got interesting!!!
Jeffery Wright has been cast as Beetee. I’m thrilled. Jeffery Wright is a brilliant and terribly under-rated actor.
Thinking back to his role as that mad genius in “Source Code”, I can see how he was considered for the role.
Let the haters commence their hating.
The New Yorker: White Until Proven Black
Anna Holmes offers an insightful review of the racial controversy surrounding The Hunger Games and it’s parallels with what we see happening in our society.
(P.S. Unlike the other reviews/articles you’ve read, I was actually interviewed for this one. )
The first thing that annoys me is her stupid entitled statement about how she “didn’t picture ANY character in The Hunger Games to be African-American”.
But then she had to go and put the icing on the cake with… “especially Rue”.
Again… she didn’t read the damn book.
Whose fault is this that Rue got so confused by readers?
Something that I’ve always wondered is…
Why is Rue one of the MOST misinterpreted characters (physically) ever in YA fiction?
I’d like to hear what you all think. Choose from the following thoughts or provide your own.
A) Poor reading comprehension amongst the readers.
B) People liking Rue but not liking her description (i.e. racism).
C) Poor writing by Suzanne Collins (the idea here being that if you’re going to introduce a PoC to an audience unaccustomed to seeing one in their books, you have to use more emphasis throughout the book).
D) Too many comparisons to Prim, along with (C) above.
Talk to me, people.
I’m in a grumpy mood tonight so I don’t have any witty comments to add.
Well Amy, here’s something to consider.
Maybe Rue is black because… well… She just is!
Black from working out in the fields? Is that really supposed to be more logical than the idea of black people existing in the future?
…except Rue is black
Which doesn’t make sense to him.
Maybe if he learned how to read a book…
Wow. I don’t even need to comment.
Edit to add: I had a few words for him on Twitter and he’s since ‘deleted’ this tweet without a response.
Seriously though. People claim to have read the books too quickly, but this is insane.
Why is the Michael dude so mad though?
So Rue is flawed, huh?
Anybody wanna take a guess as to why she finds Rue to be flawed?
What rock has this idiot been living under? The movie comes out at the end of the month and there’s media EVERYWHERE showing the cast. Dick.
I believe him when he says he’s not making a racist comment. I just think it’s stupid that he feels the need to ask… regardless of what the book says. I’m tired of people acting like they need to verify the identify of black characters in book-to-movie adaptations.
I’ll need to provide some background info here as context for this tweet since it’s wrapping up a long convo.
Daniel was invited by his two friends, Kristin and Hailey, to start a book club for the Hunger Games. Kristin and Hailey have already read the book and have shipped themselves with Peeta and Gale. They suggest to Daniel that he can be shipped with Cinna and then randomly assure him that Cinna is NOT black.
Daniel does some research and then informs his friends that, according to the trailers, Cinna is black. Kristin responds with cursing while Daniel responds with tears.
The fact that Daniel isn’t attracted to black guys isn’t the problem here at all. The glaring problem to me is the assumption that gays ought to be drawn towards Cinna. As if to assume that Cinna is gay. Why do people keep assuming this?
This is an extension to my previous post about stereotypes and the characteristics that readers look for in black characters.
There isn’t a single thing that was “ghetto” about Rue. But clearly, this tweeter believes that BLACK and GHETTO go hand in hand. Much like how a girl that I re-blogged yesterday felt that innocence and pale skin went hand in hand. This is evidence of the “Black Doll, White Doll” project (google it if you’re unfamiliar).
Also, take note of the cute attempt at Ebonics that this individual makes and the love that they receive for it.