Catching Fire

I was really excited six months ago. Time passed so slowly and suddenly here we are. This time my heart is going to explode!

The trailers blew me away. The actors, the dialogue, the costume, don’t even get me started on the soundtracks. I was not even remotely this excited when Harry Potter came out but The Hunger Games are different.

I didn’t freak out when the first one came out. I didn’t know there was even a book. It was months after the cinemas finished showing the blockbuster that I saw the memes on Pinterest. They seemed to be funny, especially the ‘I volunteer!’ part but I was out of the league. I didn’t know why was it so funny. I didn’t understand why ‘bread’ and ‘toast’ meant so much for The Hunger Games fandom. I thought the protagonists’ names were funny too.

I am glad that I have common sense. I wanted to know why.

At that particular time I was at home. Alone. My life was falling apart. I was doing absolutely nothing, just surfing all day. I quit my last job and did not bother finding a new one. I took up this habit listening to audio books and there was a good channel with all the complete trilogy.

I listened to it once. Twice. I listened to it to the point that I could’t sleep if I missed Chapter 19 on the first book. I had to ‘read’ it everyday. There wasn’t a supply of such book nearby. So I drove 3 hours away to get it. I read it everyday for about 3 months. There’s something refreshing in the characters. Something pure, magical and strong that attracts you more and more. The words are not big ones but the message was big and clear. It’s about a voice strong enough to drown the odds. I forgot about my problems. It pales in comparison of what Katniss had to go through. All my struggles were meaningless. The book was my cure for heartache and pain. I ‘feel’ Katniss. I ‘feel’ Peeta. I ‘feel’ Panem. The connection was out of this world. Vivid. This is the closest I felt to virtual people and non-existent place.

Real or not real? That’s my favorite question.

It’s amazing how I escaped to Panem with Katniss’ guide and became the master of my fears. I see another universe conceived in such a beautiful mind. I tackled hurdles after hurdles and strike back. I watch the twist and turns in a fallen world and decide accordingly using Katniss’ observation. Some I agree and some I don’t but she taught me things I would never learn in this life.

She taught me how to be human.

I am happy with the ending. If only I could choose my ending. I struggle to be happy but there are worse games to play.

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Christina Aguilera – We Remain
(The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)

All the ways that you think you know me
All the limits that you figure out, limits that you figure out
How to learn to keep it up or below me
Just to keep from being thrown around, just to keep from being thrown around

Every single time the wind blows
Every single time the wind blows
I see it in your face (Ohh)

In a cold night
There will be no fair fight
There will be no goodbye
To turn and walk away

To burn me with fire
To drown me with rain
I’m gonna wake up
Screaming your name

Yes I’m a sinner
Yes I’m a saint
Whatever happens here
Whatever happens here
We remain

Now we talk about a wasted future
But we take a good look around
Yeah we take a good look around

Yeah we know it, it hasn’t been for nothing
‘Cause we’ll never let it slow us down
No we’ll never let it slow us down (Oh yeah)

Every single time the wind blows
Every single time the wind blows
I see it in your face (Ohh)

In a cold night
There will be no fair fight
There will be no goodbye
To turn and walk away

To burn me with fire
To drown me with rain
I’m gonna wake up
Screaming your name

Yes I’m a sinner
Yes I’m a saint
Whatever happens here
Whatever happens here
We remain

We remain, we remain

Burn me with fire
Drown me with rain
I’m gonna wake up
Screaming your name

Yes I’m a sinner
Yes I’m a saint
Whatever happens here
Whatever happens here
We remain

worldwithinworld:

Haymitch didn’t get much screen time in the trailer, but I like what I saw. He comes across as having authority and purpose now. Katniss and Peeta seem to respect him and trust him more than before. The final Haymitch moment is my favorite part of the trailer. The look on his face says he’s all too aware of the danger in their lives, but he’s fully invested in these two kids and committed to protecting them no matter what.

Katniss’s Sanity = Peeta’s Face

Katniss: Peeta presses his hand against the surface and I put my own up to meet it, as if I can feel him through the wall. I see his lips moving but I can’t hear him, can’t hear anything outside of our wedge. I try to make out what he’s saying, but I can’t focus, so I just stare at his face, doing my best to hang on to my sanity.