Here is a fun video from Barely Politcal! Katniss sings on stage during the talent portion of The Hunger Games and tries to decide between Peeta and Gale!
I’ve spent all these weeks getting to know who my competitors are, without even thinking about who my teammates are. Now a new confidence is lighting up inside me, because I think I finally know who Haymitch is. And I’m beginning to know who I am. And surely, two people who have caused the Capitol so much trouble can think of a way to get Peeta home alive.
I look up into those blue eyes that no amount of dramatic makeup can make truly deadly and remember how, just a year ago, I was prepared to kill him. Convinced he was trying to kill me. Now everything is reversed. I’m determined to keep him alive, knowing the cost will be my own life, but the part of me that is not so brave as I could wish is glad that it’s Peeta, not Haymitch, beside me.
The berries. I realize the answer to who I am lies in that handful of poisonous fruit. If I held them out to save Peeta because I knew I would be shunned if I came back without him, I am despicable. If I held them out because I loved him, I am still self-centered, although forgivable. But if I held them out to defy the Capitol, I am someone of worth. The trouble is, I don’t know exactly what was going on inside me at that moment.
This is the first time I realize the depth of betrayal felt among the victors and the rage that accompanies it. But they are so smart, so wonderfully smart about how they play it, because it all comes back to reflect on the government and President Snow in particular. Not everyone. There are the old throwbacks, like Brutus and Enobaria, who are just here for another Games, and those too baffled or drugged or lost to join in on the attack. But there are enough victors who still have the wits and the nerve to come out fighting.
Yes, victors are our strongest. They’re the ones who survived the arena and slipped the noose of poverty that strangles the rest of us. They, or should I say we, are the very embodiment of hope where there is no hope. And now twenty-three of us will be killed to show how even that hope was an illusion.
He embraces me, enfolding me in the smell of blood and roses, and plants a puffy kiss on my cheek. when he pulls back, his fingers digging into my arms, his face smiling into mine, I dare to raise my eyebrows. The ask what my lips can’t. Did I do it? Was it enough?
These are the people of the Capitol from Catching Fire.
President Snow: The President of Panem, Snow is a small man with white hair, snakelike eyes, & overpuffed lips. President Snow rarely leaves the Capitol, but he makes an exception when someone isn’t cooperating with the Capitol. President Snow is a ruthless leader who smells of blood & roses.
Seneca Crane: The Head Gamemaker for the 74th Hunger Games, Seneca Crane was the one who allowed 2 tributes from the same district to be victors. This didn’t make President Snow very happy. It is believed Seneca was killed for what happened in the 74th Games.
Ceasar Flickerman: The master of ceremonies for the Hunger Games, Ceasar Flickerman is a larger than life personality. He conducts interviews with victors & tributes, trying his best to make each one look their best.
Plutarch Heavensbee: The new Head Gamemaker for the 75th Hunger Games. Before he became Head Gamemaker, Plutarch Heavensbee was a Gamemaker for the 74th Games. During the private training session for Katniss Everdeen, Plutarch fell back into a punch bowl after she shot an arrow into the Gamemakers’ feast.
Atala: The woman in charge of the Training Center, Atala is responsible for organizing the tributes during the training sessions before each Games.
Tax: The man in charge of archery in the Training Center, Tax was very impressed with Katniss’ skills during the 74th Hunger Games. He tries to make archery training more difficult for Katniss during the 3rd Quarter Quell.
Claudius Templesmith: The announcer for the Hunger Games. Claudius Templesmith is responsible for all the announcements in the arena.
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I think of how I never realized that she and my mother shared this connection. Of Madge showing up in that snowstorm to bring the painkiller for Gale. Of my mockingjay pin and how it means something completely different now that I know that its former owner was Madge’s aunt, Maysilee Donner, a tribute who was murdered in the arena.
My prep team. My foolish, shallow, affectionate pets, with their obsessions with feathers and parties, nearly break my heart with their good-bye. It’s certain from Venia’s last words that we all know I won’t be returning. Does the whole world know it? I wonder. I look at Cinna. He knows, certainly. But as he promised, there’s no danger of tears from him.
These are the people who help the District 12 Victors & Mentors.
Effie Trinket: She has been the escort for District 12 for all Hunger Games related events. She’s responsible for getting her tributes, victors, & mentors where they need to be on time. Along with her energetic personality, she is a very positive person with Capitol style. She enjoys wearing a variety of wigs to coordinate with her outfits. Effie also considers herself to be a bit of an expert on architectural design.
Octavia: She is the member of Katniss’ prep team that has changed the most since the 74th Hunger Games. Her skin is no longer a pea green shade, but rather a light evergreen color. Octavia has always been curvy, but has become a little plumper than Katniss remembers.
Flavius: A member of Katniss Everdeen’s prep team for all Hunger Games events, Flavius is known for his orange corkscrew curly hair & his purple lipstick. Since the 74th Games, Flavius has been desperate to alter Katniss for a more Capitol look. The members of the prep team have been enjoying their notoriety since the previous Games.
Venia: Another member of Katniss’ prep team, Venia seems to be stronger than the other two. She styles her aqua hair into spikes all over her head. The gold tattoos on her face used to be confined to above her eyebrows, but now curl around under her eyes. This makes her look perpetually shocked.
Portia: The stylist for Peeta Mellark since the beginning of the 74th Games. Not much is known about Portia, except that she collaborates with Cinna on costume designs for District 12.
When my hair is done, I find Cinna downstairs in the living room, and just the sight of him makes me feel more hopeful.
Cinna: The stylist for Katniss Everdeen since the 74th Hunger Games, Cinna is unlike other Capitol citizens. He avoids the outrageous outfits & body modifications, instead choosing to wear simple clothes, keep his natural brown hair short, and only using a hint of gold eyeliner to bring out the gold flecks in his eyes. Since the end of the 74th Games, Cinna has been helping Katniss “develop” her talent for clothing design.
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There’s an inherent flaw in the plan that both Gale and I were too blind to see. An uprising requires breaking the law, thwarting authority. We’ve done that our whole lives, or our families have. Poaching, trading on the black market, mocking the Capitol in the woods. But for most people in District 12, a trip to buy something at the Hob would be too risky. And I expect them to assemble in the square with bricks and torches? Even the sight of Peeta and me is enough to make people pull their children away from the windows and draw the curtains tightly.
These are some of the people we meet in District 12.
Mayor Undersee: As the mayor of District 12, Mayor Undersee doesn’t seem to have much authority. He has no say in the influx of Peacekeepers or the new aggressive law enforcement. His wife suffers from debilitating headaches, which leaves him to look after his daughter, Madge.
Greasy Sae: The old woman who sells her soup at the Hob, Greasy Sae can make soup out of just about anything. During the 74th Hunger Games Greasy Sae started a money collection among the people of the Hob to sponsor their District 12 tributes. This collection expanded to most of the district, and could have been the difference between life and death for the tributes in the arena.
Ripper: The woman who sells liquor at the Hob. Before she sold liquor, Ripper worked in the coal mines of District 12. She lost one of her arms in a mining accident, which forced her to find another means of income. But Ripper always manages to find a way to support herself.
Darius: Identified by his red hair and easy grin, Darius is one of the younger, friendlier Peacekeepers. He’s not as serious & is always good for a joke. He spends time at the Hob, and he likes Greasy Sae’s soup. But Darius doesn’t really fit with the new Peacekeepers brought into District 12.
Purnia: One of the female Peacekeepers, Purnia is another that eats at Greasy Sae’s. She may not agree with the way the new Peacekeepers do things, but she knows how to deal with them.
Leevy: A girl who lives in the Seam. Leevy lives a few houses down from the Everdeen’s old house in the Seam. Mrs. Everdeen kept Leevy’s little brother alive when he had the measles.
Bristel & Thom: Two of Gale Hawthorne’s crewmates down in the coal mines of District 12. We don’t know much about them, but we do know they care about their crewmates.
Cray: The old Head Peacekeeper, Cray wasn’t well liked. An older man with silver hair combed sideways above his red face, Cray is well known for his drinking. He wouldn’t have been disliked so much if he didn’t have a habit of paying starving young women for their company.
Romulus Thread: The new Head Peacekeeper in District 12, Romulus Thread is a hated man. He was brought in quickly, and he is aggressive in his punishment. He is a tall, muscular man, with a hard face, cruel mouth, gray hair, and black eyes.
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