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Spinning-Off The Hunger Games

I don’t know much about Sati over at Cinematic Corner. I have read some of her comments on blogs I do know and she’s one opinionated lady. I can relate! Her blogathon was an intriguing idea but not as much as her choice to showcase Beth Macintyre from Black Swan. When I found myself pondering my own choice later I was shocked at what I came up with. Press on to read more about my spin-off movie character…

I’m definitely a rule breaker. Yes, yes throw that in the face of my rules and lists. But that’s for storytelling. I’m talking about those unimportant details like say…deadlines. And minor things like choosing a character to showcase who was on-screen for only a few short scenes… Yup, I chose to fly in the face of any character who fell within the parameters Sati setup for her Spin-Off Blogathon:

1. Choose a character that you love and would like to see as a leading character in the movie and write why you chose this character and what that movie would be like
2. Don’t choose leading characters or supporting characters with lots of screen-time, the goal is to focus on minor characters who have between 1-5 scenes. However if you really loved a character who is on-screen for more than that, go for it.
3. You can use TV characters if you like.
4. Include the crappy logo above and link back to this post. Let me know about your post in the comment section, via twitter or e-mail.
The deadline is March 30th.

Finnick Odair Header

Duh ta duh…yes, I know, I chose Finnick Odair from Catching Fire, the second movie in The Hunger Games trilogy. Yes, I also know he appears in what is basically most scenes in the last half of the movie. Not exactly fitting within the qualifications. And while there were no explicit rules about how recent the movie ought to be, nor how fluffy the story material such a character is derived from, I did chose to fly in the face of the conventional choices picked out by the legitimately participating bloggers. (I read most of them and they are so diverse and well-developed!)

Okay, enough distractions. I can hear the howls of incredulity already. I did break the rules by missing the deadline so I can do what I wanna. Anyway hear me out. Catching Fire wasn’t nearly as bad as most feared it would be and I quite enjoyed it from Katniss and Peeta’s perspective (as you can read about here.) And as far as characters go Finnick Odair is by far the most fascinating of all the Quarter Quell ex-winners we were introduced to in The Hunger Games trilogy.

When I pondered what character seriously intrigued me but who also left me craving more, Finnick kept popping up time after time. This has much to do with his background as contrasted to his current circumstances.

I want to see that 14-year-old boy develop into the man we see in Catching Fire. The man who would dally with a horde of women to stack the deck in his favor for the quarter quell. The man who also allows his mentor to come with him knowing she probably won’t make it. The man who accepts she’s doing so because she loves Annie as much as he does and that their motives are to protect Annie and get him back to her. I want to witness the tragic fallout that sends Annie over the edge of sanity and watch Finnick struggle not to take the plunge with her.

More than seeing all this back history developed into its own story I want to be given a reason to care. Yes, care about The Hunger Games and the world of Panem.

Katniss’ family dies. Panem changes from a dictator who rules with an iron fist to a socialist who believes she knows best and institutes such on her people whether they want it or not. The districts will still have to do the hard labor, for someone must, and they are already trained for it. If the people will still have to sacrifice greatly just to live, who cares what happens in The Hunger Games? Who cares about the Quarter Quell? Who cares about the Mockingjay?

Every review I read about Catching Fire commented or noted they were happy the love triangle was minimal in the story because they flat-out didn’t care who Katniss ended up with. Well, that just makes no sense! The only outcome that has any effect on the world of Katniss is who she will spend the rest of her life with! Because nothing else changes.

This is an epidemic in modern movies. We are either preached at from movie land to the point I could give a crap if so and so is persecuted or not… or a movie is so lacking in any meaning or purpose that we glory in watching kids get killed for no other purpose than to watch kids kill kids. It’s not kids killing kids that I object to, actually I find that rather compelling symbolism for war, it’s the fact that it’s all for nothing. That it’s exchanging one dictator for another. It’s telling us to lie down, to give in, to forfeit our beliefs in the face of hopeless opposition.

So if a spin-off were made I’d want it to be centered on Finnick Odair. If he doesn’t return – that matters. It matters to a messed up woman who needs him to survive.

Who would be your spin-off character? Why? What would you want explored in such a movie? What do you think of Finnick Odair? Who should play his 14-year-old self? Did you like The Hunger Games movies? The book trilogy? Who’s your favorite character?

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