It’s that time again!! Time for The Mad FRIDAY Tea Party! In honor of all the hoopla and craziness surrounding the release of The Hunger Games, I have decided to do a special Hunger Games themed Tea Party. There was just too much good stuff on the interwebs this week. Enjoy everyone!! If you are new, the Tea Party is just Alice’s favorite goodies from the blogosphere this week!
6. NSFW language, but sooo funny. This song just lends itself to parody.
5. The folks over at Kroq have a great article on why we should stop comparing Bella and Katniss. I am guilty of doing this (always in defense of Katniss and in frustration at those who DO compare the two and try to group the franchises together). Head over and give this great blog entry a read: Enough Comparing!!!
4. Are you tired of Ryan Gosling? I didn’t think so. I loved the feminist Ryan Gosling tumbler a few months back and have loved the other evolutions of it. How could I not love one devoted to the Hunger Games? Enjoy!
3. Again, another song that lends itself to parody. My friend Ali has been singing this as, “We found love in a HOMELESS place for months. This was bound to happen.
This goes well with this video:
2. i09.com had an excellent article on what was missing in the movie. It lead to great discussion here on the blog and is worth a read. It’s funny how much your brain just puts back into the movie because you just assume it was in there. The Missing Pieces!
1. If you have never read anything over at Hogwarts Professor, I am about to blow your mind. John Granger is…well…he is pretty much Dumbledore. He is THE Potter Scholar and is working hard on exploring the world of The Hunger Games. Do me a favor: have fun on his website. If he comes to speak near you: GO!! I got to see him in person at the JMU Symposium for Muggles where I gave a paper on Harry Potter and Religion and it was one of the best talks I have heard (his, not mine-…I was ok, brush my shoulders off). I have his books and they are all just great for serious readers in the YA field. Ok–so obviously I am a John Granger dork–but this man is really brilliant when it comes to YA lit and religion. Le sigh. If I could only get him on my dissertation committee in a few years (almost done with coursework–one more semester–WHOHO!!!). His post on the Hunger Games movie and the concept of hijacking made my WEEK!! ENJOY!
As a bonus: I know I have posted it here before, but this spoof of the Hunger Games always makes me laugh.
Side NOTE: I was tempted to put up the Jezebel article on Racism and Rue and decided not to. Here are my reasons. 1) It is out there and has been addressed and the people have already been ridiculed and persecuted for it. We know there is crazy racism that is still alive and well in our country and it broke my heart (and hopefully yours) to see it come out even in reference to the Hunger Games. IT HAS TO STOP 2) Most of the people on that tumbler were very young (think middle school). They do need to be taught about racism and intolerance–but not by shaming them on a national platform. That is bullying. I am not sure that snarking them online is how we get about teaching them. It is so dangerous and fits well into the description of cyber bullying. I in NO WAY condone what they said but I have very strong feelings with the online communities snarktastic attitude afterwards. Some articles were great (addressing issues in Hollywood and the media and whitewashing, but some were just horrible).
Lets just work at building a better world that is color blind and overflowing with people LIKE RUE.