For a series that’s set in a totalitarian society, The Hunger Games Trilogy has a lot of humor wrapped up in its pages. We all know some of the more obvious moments of shear humor, the times where Katniss’ internal monologue is so snarky, that we can’t help but let out a guffaw, or a snort of laughter. They’re few and far between, but so is the nature of the beast that is dystopian fiction, where humor breaks the tension for the audience and the characters alike. However, there are moments throughout the series that aren’t intentionally funny, or maybe I’m just a sick, twisted individual who laughs at completely inopportune times (this does actually happen to me in real life), and thus disturbing people in movie theatres, in coffee shops, and even myself. Some of the best intentionally funny moments in the series though, they’re just gems. Maybe it’s a bit of the Clarissa Darling coming out in Suzanne Collins when she wrote some of these moments, but all that doesn’t matter– because they are funny, and that is what matters.
Since Catching Fire is what’s up next to accost our retinas in multiplexes across the globe, we’ll go there for now.
- When Katniss is contemplating who she can confide in after Snow’s visit to her home in District 12. “Hey, Peeta, remember how I told you i was kind of faking being in love with you? Well, I really need you to forget about that now and act extra in love with me or the president might kill gale.” Katniss and her internal monologue, making us snort into books since 2008, ladies and gentlemen.
- Oddly enough the next humorous moment happens within the same damn paragraph! How ever does Collins do it!? “That leaves Haymitch. Drunken, cranky, confrontational Haymitch, who I just poured a basin of ice water on.” Well, he did tell her to get him up before everyone got there! I think the visual of her actually doing this might be the belly grabber though– maybe it’s because we all know how we’d react to someone pouring water over our heads, thus we react almost physically to it– or maybe that’s just me?
Now for some unintentionally funny moments, or as I’ll call them, Things Them There Eyes Finds Funny But Other People Might Not (oh well).
- Perhaps I’m just not a romantic movie moment fan like the next girl, but this moment in Chapter 2 of Catching Fire. “My face breaks into a huge smile and I start walking in Peeta’s direction. Then, as if I can’t stand it another second, I start running. He catches me and spins me around and then he slips — he still isn’t entirely in command of his artificial leg —and we fall into the snow, me on top of him, and that’s where we have our first kiss in months. It’s full of fur and snowflakes and lipstick, but underneath all that. I can feel the steadiness that Peeta brings to everything.” I know, I know… it’s a fake romantic moment, and it’s purposefully laid on thick on Katniss’ part, because she’s scared shitless that everything she cares about will be destroyed. I get that, but the corn kind of gets to me, and makes me giggle– just not like a school girl with a raging crush.
- Okay now this one is not supposed to make people laugh at all, I know it’s not– and now you will just have to bear witness to the inner workings of my mind– because this description gets me every single time. It’s from the Second Quarter Quell sequence in Chapter 14. “Haymitch has his own troubles over in the woods, where the fluffy golden squirrels turn out to be carnivorous and attack in packs…” First of all, when I think of fluffy I think of this.
And then I’m also thinking of that famous scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail– you know the one, right? The one with the rabbit, the most cruel rabbit. Click the video, and laugh your asses off.
Clearly making me think of an animated little girl shaking a stuffed unicorn doll vigorously, was not Suzanne Collins’ intention, nor was it her intention to make me think of a classic comedy from the 1970s that changed the face of comedy for ever and ever– but what can I do, or what can she do? Not a damn thing, which is fine– ’cause fluffy killer squirrels that kill in packs are something that can be scary if you’ve never been exposed to anything at all, and don’t yell at the real live squirrels that live by your house, name each of them Fatty, and laugh at them when they fight each other in the yard.
Dems the breaks, and at least I didn’t bring up Finnick in his underwear, ’cause that darlings… is hilarious.
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