Along with other fansite runners, I subscribe to Google Alerts that relate to The Hunger Games. Through this, I come across some pretty absurd articles from time to time, and this week did not disappoint. From eyeroll-worthy What Would Tyler Durden Do?, we’ve got an article entitled Hunger Games Catching Fire Already Sucks. I won’t even link or quote it because it’s all rubbish and terribly offensive (not surprising given the point of the blog) and trying too hard, but I did feel a sense of triumph from it. Why, you ask?
Because they fell for it.
The post, complaining about the romance aspect in The Hunger Games, was accompanied by this picture of Finnick and Katniss, what people are hoping is from the infamous sugar cube scene. I’m kind of wondering if the writer of this article even realizes that isn’t even Peeta. Probably not.
My favorite part of what we’ve seen of Finnick in marketing for Catching Fire is the persona they’re building for him to echo not who we come to find him as but who the Capitol and all of Panem thinks he is: a narcissistic womanizer and playboy (it hurts me a little to refer to him as that). Finnick is one of my favorite character misdirections ever. No one ever understands why he’s such a favorite when we first meet him in the books, but he is undoubtedly the most popular character in The Hunger Games trilogy. And I love that Lionsgate is pushing this persona for Finnick for their initial Catching Fire marketing. It’s what I’ve been wanting from the start, and it’s oddly satisfying to see people fall for it. Just you wait and see, I want to say. The more you don’t see Finnick’s story coming, the more shocking and emotional the truth will be.
The image from Entertainment Weekly that we got in January coupled with the character portrait that came out last week where he looks every bit the seductor is just setting up a great “Gotcha!” moment for everyone who hasn’t read the books. They can assume he’s going to become yet another romantic interest for Katniss (Ha!) or that Hunger Games fans only like him because he’s the sexy badboy (HA HA!), but we know where Finnick goes in the series.
So it’s okay if you fell for it. After all, Panem did too.
Lost a couple of brain cells from that article