book review: ‘the giver’ by lois lowry

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Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

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This book is so depressing.  I have no idea why I like it, why it’s one of my favorites, or why I re-read it today. (yeah.  I read the whole thing from cover to cover in one day.  Really, really bad decision)  Sure, there’s bits of hope here and there, but for the most part, it’s deep, dark, and depressing.  From the very first page, it’s easy to tell that there’s something wrong with the perfect, calm, utopian society.  And it freaks me out.  I don’t think our world could ever, ever become like the one in The Giver, but it’s still creepy.  Everything’s too calm.  Too perfect.

Books can be incredibly feelsy, and The Giver is one of the worst ones (feels-wise) I’ve ever read.  It’s a soul book, one of those rare volumes that worms its way into your heart and soul, latches on, and doesn’t let go.  I first read the book several weeks ago, and it stuck with me for so long, and so hard that I finally had to purchase it.  The whole thing is emotionally exhausting.  I heavily cried my way through both reads, but I’m still not sure why.  I’m not even sure why I find it so depressing, but…I do.  The parts that make me cry the hardest are as follows…

  • the memory of warfare.
  • the discovery that Rosemary was The Giver’s daughter.
  • Jonas’ father ‘releasing’ the baby.
  • THE ENDING.

Ugh.  This book.  FEELS.  FEELS EVERYWHERE.

Jonas is an incredible character, even if he’s only twelve.  I admired his strength, his courage, and even the moments when his courage failed him.  He wasn’t a perfect character (how boring would that be?), but I loved him all the same.  The Giver was a beautiful character as well, and I felt as though I got to know Rosemary very well through the few words he spoke about her.  Now, Jonas’ parents made me angry, especially his father.  I know they were living in a world without real emotions and feelings, but…the whole ‘release’ thing chilled me, and not in a good way.

Basically, The Giver is a gorgeously written piece of feelsy material.  The ending is ambiguous enough to be interesting, but it’s not really a cliffhanger either.  Unlike some readers, I thought the ending was perfect.  The whole book, despite its depressing tone, is perfect.  Just, please read it.  It’ll rip out your heart and crush your soul, but READ IT.  You might hate it at first, but you’ll grow to love it too.  I promise.

Eva

little {fandom} things: les misérables

Hello, readers!  Today, I’m starting a new series on “Fandom Things”; I’ll be listing a few of the things that make me squee/sob in each fandom I’m in.  I’ll be starting with LM, partly because it was first on my feels triggers, and partly because I feel like it. 😛
Without further ado, my first list!

  • The xylophone

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  • Getting to feel very Posh and Superior while reading the brick
  • Actually enjoying Victor Hugo’s writing–I mean seriously.  He. is. hilarious.

  • “A Little Fall of Rain”.  Need I say more?

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  • GAHHHH DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?
  • Where would we be without Gavroche and his awesomeness?

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  • The gorgeous, heartbreaking edits some people make

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  • Actually laughing at Les Mis jokes/puns.  Les Mis + Laughter is…an interesting combination
  • Aaron Tveit 😛

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  • Colm Wilkinson’s eyebrows
  • Making fun of Russell Crowe’s singing (all in jest, of course, he’s not *that* bad…)

Funny Birthday Ecard: I'd sing you 'Happy Birthday' if I didn't sing as well as Russell Crowe does.

  • BARRICADES.
  • Perfect casting (*coughLeaSalongaColmWilkinsonPhilipQuastMichaelBallTENTHANNIVERSARYcough*)

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  • TWO. FOUR. SIX. OH. OOOONE!
  • Finding a LM quote for everything
  • Figuring out how to pronounce all the names
  • Getting the original French version of Les Misérables and proceeding to read all the sections you’ve memorized in English
  • FEELS AND HOPE AND DEEPNESS

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  • Les Mis is perfection, okay?  Don’t argue with me. 😉

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our leader the mockingjay

(Only thoughts: District 13 looks so abandoned and awesome!!!  OOH, COIN…  Ugh, Gale… ‘The face of the rebellion” – YESH…  Snow!!!  Oh, soooo creepy…  Ooh, stuff being blown up!  Aww, Katniss looks SO sad and weak!  MOCKINGJAY!!! Ugh, why isn’t it LONGER?! *sniff* Peeeeeeetaaaaaaa…..)

on fanvids

One of my favorite fangirling indulgences (kinda like guilty pleasures, except I don’t feel guilty doing it) is to watch fanvids – music videos that fans have made with clips and soundbites from movies.  I download them and watch/listen to them while I do random things (even while writing, which incorporates feels from other fandoms into my novels).  I think they’re one of the better things that come out of fandoms.  The art of music paired with the memories from the movies is just phenomenal!

But I digress.

I’ve decided to start posting some of my favorite fanvids on my day when I’m too lazy to come up with something to write about when my crazy life forbids me to indulge in the awesomeness that is feels by writing a super-long post about THE AWESOMENESS of… whatever I feel like writing about.

Without further ado, one of my favorite fanvids from one of my favorite fandoms – BOY MEETS WORLD.

This video spans the entire series in chronological order, which I think is just awesome.  Basic spoilers from each episode, but it’s okay.  You’d learn all this stuff anywhere.  😀

hunger games feels {part 3}

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1| Serafini Amelia

This is my final post about Hunger Games feels (well, at least the basic points in the book…expect more ranting from me and the other authors in posts to come – and you can send in your own posts as well!). Mockingjay is one of the darkest, most depressing books I’ve ever read (in a good way) and it’s chock-full of feels – more than the first two combined, in my opinion. The whole book is basically one big feels session, but I’ll narrow down a few of the worst triggers.

Peeta - Mockingjay Part 1

PEETAPEETAPEETA – Anything and everything about Peeta in this book. He’s tortured, brainwashed, tries to kill the love of his life, goes around playing ‘real or not real?’ (the word ‘real’ has taken on a whole new dimension for me), and is dragged through what is basically another arena. Oh, and he also starts thinking that he’s a Capitol mutt. I know he gets a happy ending, but for most of the book, I can’t help but cry over him. If he’s in a scene, there’s a good chance I’ll at least tear up.

"It’s as if in an instant, a painted window shatters, revealing the ugly world behind it. Laughter changes to screams, blood stains pastel stones […] I draw back so I can see his face. “What? Boggs? Boggs?” His eyes are still open, but dead. Pressed in my hand, glued to it by his blood, is the Holo." - Katniss (Mockingjay)

Boggs’ death – The first of many heartbreaking deaths in this book, Boggs’ death pushes everything to a new level of serious. The first time I read MJ, I didn’t really cry, ‘cause I was reading it so fast that I didn’t even really know who Boggs was. But on my re-read, I paid more attention and Boggs became one of my favorite new characters. He’s a soldier, very loyal to the rebel cause, and he trusts Katniss enough to give her his comunicuff (I don’t think I spelled that right) just before he dies.

Sam Claflin brings Finnick Odair to life! See him in action when the #CatchingFireDVD comes out March 7th!

Finnick’s death – NO NO NO I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THIS HAPPENED IT WAS POINTLESS IT ADDED NOTHING TO THE PLOT AND IT WAS JUST PLAIN WRONG ESPECIALLY SINCE ANNIE WAS WAITING BACK IN DISTRICT THIRTEEN FOR HIM, PREGNANT WITH THEIR FIRST CHILD. JUST. PLAIN. WRONG.

Sister like sister, Very cool...

Katniss telling Buttercup about Prim – I didn’t really cry when Prim died. I felt I hadn’t really gotten to know her that well (I think she’s one of the flatter characters in the series) and even Katniss’ reaction to it didn’t move me all that much. BUT WHEN SHE TOLD THE STUPID CAT I TOTALLY LOST IT. WHYYYYYYYYY???

I just know that I will cry during the entire Mockingjay movie from start to finish.

Gale – I was so disappointed with the whole Gale thing in the end that I cried, although it could’ve been more frustration than anything else. Katniss accuses him of killing Prim (why didn’t Beetee get any of the blame???), he goes off, and the next thing you know, he’s living in District Two, with some swanky job. And the way Suzanne Collins wrote it, it’s like Gale doesn’t care about any of the other characters anymore (including Katniss) and he’s living for money and fame now. And that, in my opinion, is almost as wrong as Finnick’s death.

"Our children, who don't know they play on a graveyard." - Katniss (End of Mockingjay)

THE EPILOGUE – I couldn’t have cried more if I’d tried. Honestly. IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND BITTERSWEET AND I LOVE IT EVEN IF CRY THROUGH THE WHOLE THING.

I feel like I missed something, but I can’t imagine what it is – any ideas?

Eva

In Dreams

Awhile ago, Eowyn and I had a LotR week, and one of the things we did was make a video.  It turned out that we both owned the same book of LotR music, so she recorded the piano part of In Dreams and I did the violin part, and then we put it together and she turned it into a Faramir/Eowyn music video.

And I can’t insert it directly onto this blog, so here’s the post where you can watch it. 🙂

 

the awesomeness that is FARAMIR

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Faramir often gets a bad rap in the Tolkiendil community – especially by those who have never read the book or don’t care enough about him to look into who he is and deeply into his character. (Silly people.)

On the outside, Faramir almost looks like a wimp. After all, he’s mean to Smeagol (who’s playing the pathetic card at the moment), nearly gets killed in battle, then nearly killed by his dad (and a three foot Hobbit has to save him), then that’s basically all we see of him. Can you say, “Yawn”?

This is when I scream, “Either read the book or watch the extended edition, you filthy little maggot!!!” And then I smash them with my dogeared, coverless copy of the book.

So what is it that makes Sam say to him in the book, ‘“You…showed your quality: the very highest. You have an air too, sir, that reminds me of, of—well, Gandalf. Of wizards.”’?

Faramir, in my humble opinion, is the best thing since pints of ale at the Prancing Pony. He’s my favorite character in the entire trilogy. Period. Exclamation mark.

Why? Well! I’m happy you asked!

Faramir-image-faramir-36101411-448-406Faramir is five years younger than Boromir, and he’s spent basically his entire life living in the shadow of his older brother’s greatness. (Much like Thor and Loki. But I digress.) While Boromir was being trained by the best swordsmen and tutors that could be had – all under the watchful eye of his doting father, Denathor – Faramir has been left by the wayside. Fortunately, he learns a lot of what he knows from Gandalf, who says of him, ‘“By some chance the blood of Westernesse runs nearly true in [Denethor]; as it does in his other son, Faramir, and yet did not in Boromir whom he loved best.”’

While Boromir is being taught how to be strong in battle and lead men, Faramir is being taught different, but not less important, things, such as music and what is in the old scrolls. Tolkien says of Faramir in the Appendices, ‘Faramir the younger was like [Boromir] in looks but otherwise in mind. He read the hearts of men as shrewdly as his father, but what he read moved him sooner to pity than to scorn. He was gentle in bearing, and a lover of lore and of music, and therefore by many in those days his courage was judged less than his brother’s. But it was not so, except that he did not seek glory in danger without a purpose. He welcomed Gandalf at such times as he came to the City, and he learned what he could from his wisdom, and in this as in many other matters he displeased his father.’

When we first meet Faramir, he’s traipsing through the woods with his men, shooting some Wild Men, and scaring the coneys out of Sam’s pot. In the Extended Edition of the movie *hack-cough* (which will now be capitalized because of it’s hightened level of awesomeness), he has this totally amazing line after he shoots a Wild Man: “The enemy? His sense of duty was no less than yours, I deem. You wonder what his name is, where he came from. And if he was really evil at heart. What lies or threats led him on this long march from home. If he would not rather have stayed there … in peace. War will make corpses of us all.”

90ca9715de1fbbf5b42c300ab228c8e5Faramir takes Frodo and Sam (and, unknowingly, Smeagol) under his care. Yes, he was tempted to take the Ring, but ONLY because he’s been put under pressure from his father, Denathor, to be as great as his older brother. Denathor, who has almost completely overlooked Faramir and only believed that he had one son who was worth something. As Boromir says in the movie (the higher greatness of the extended edition, once again), “You give him no credit and yet he tries to do your will. He loves you, Father.” And Denathor has the audacity to reply, “Do not trouble me with Faramir. I know his uses and they are few.” (It took all of the Riders of Rohan to keep me from smashing my television screen when I saw this for the first time a few weeks ago.)

After a moment of temptation – which, might I add, even Boromir felt strongly – he says in the book, ‘“I would not take this thing, if it lay by the highway. Not were Minas Tirith falling in ruin and I alone could save her, so, using the weapon of the Dark Lord for her good and my glory. No, I do not wish for such triumphs, Frodo son of Drogo. … Not if I found it on the highway would I take it I said. Even if I were such a man as to desire this thing, and even though I knew not clearly what this thing was when I spoke, still I should take these words as a vow, and be held by them. But I am not such a man. Or I am wise enough to know that there are some perils from which a man must flee.”’ (Am I converting you to a Faramir fan now???)

Then, to add to his awesomeness, Faramir lets them go. As it happens in the movie (one of the few lines taken directly from the book), the Ithilien Ranger whose name escapes me says, “You know the laws of our country, the laws of your father. If you let them go, your life will be forfeit.”

Faramir replies: “Then it is forfeit. Release them.”

(Okay, if you’re not converted now…. Read on, Lizzie.)

The next time we see Faramir, he’s fighting in the Battle of the Hornburg. Boromir isn’t here to save the day, however, and they have to retreat, which makes his status go even lower in his father’s eyes. (And, yeah – apparently that’s possible.)

Even Eowyn, ‘saw the grave tenderness in his eyes, and yet knew, for she was bred among men of war, that here was one whom no Rider of the Mark would outmatch in battle… this tall man, both stern and gentle….’

imagesCAB85QGOFor the rest of the trilogy, Faramir is constantly trying to please his father. Faramir, who doesn’t ‘“slay man or beast needlessly, and not gladly even when it is needed.”’ Faramir, who ‘“would not snare even an orc with a falsehood.”’ Faramir, who Aragorn – the king of Rohan, may I remind you – says of him ‘“he is a man of staunch will, for already he had come close under the shadow before ever he rode to battle on the out-walls.”’ He appears to be “a man without fault” (even though I would be the first to say that, yes, even he is tempted by the Ring and, yes, he gets so obsessed with striving to gain his father’s approval that he abandons all reason and basically goes on a suicide mission in order to achieve this life goal).

Speaking of his suicide mission…. It’s really sad to think that, even though they accomplished some things, Faramir took his men out into battle so that he could show his father how worthy he was of his father’s love. Thousands of men died. Faramir was the only one left – brought back into Minas Tirith by being dragged behind his horse. Not his finest moment. (It’s at this scene when the waterworks start. And they don’t end ’til Frodo and the Gray Havens.)

cd40def2daa4c391ba152a46e96c12bdNow we come to The Funeral Pyre. This is the moment when you see that Denathor has truly gone off his rocker. He’s so shaken over the death of his son – isn’t it weird that people don’t really appreciate things until they’re gone? – that he decides he would be better off dead, too. Hence, The Funeral Pyre. I needn’t go into this scene any more besides saying that the shot where they’re laying Faramir down onto The Pyre always makes me cry – always – and that my younger sister constantly reminds me that her favorite character saved my favorite character.

In the Extended Edition, one of my favorite scenes from the book is included – the House of Healing. While we don’t see Faramir healed, we witness the powerful picture of loveliness that is the healing hands of a king. (“Weep, weep – all weep!”) Eowyn gets up from her bed, goes outside, and meets the more lovely eyes of Faramir. BOOM. Romantic plot line #2. Which, in my ‘umble opinion, is better than the first. Below, you’ll see my reasons.

First, the book’s account. When ‘[Faramir] looked at her, and being a man whom pity deeply stirred, it seemed to him that her loveliness amid her grief would pierce his heart.’ Later, he says, ‘“Then, Éowyn of Rohan, I say to you that you are beautiful. In the valleys of our hills there are flowers fair and bright, and maidens fairer still; but neither flower nor lady have I seen till now in Gondor so lovely, and so sorrowful. It may be that only a few days are left ere darkness falls upon our world, and when it comes I hope to face it steadily; but it would ease my heart, if while the Sun yet shines, I could see you still. For you and I have both passed under the wings of the Shadow, and the same hand drew us back.”’

Let’s all just pause and ponder those words, spoken from this wizard’s pupil. This is why he needed to be so learned in the “scrolls of lore and song” – so he knows how to eloquently encourage people and change their lives forever. Don’t believe me? Read on.

eaa030566a76633b0f7ee8b539258c0a‘[Eowyn] looked at him and saw the grave tenderness in his eyes, and yet knew, for she was bred among men of war, that here was one whom no Rider of the Mark would outmatch in battle… this tall man, both stern and gentle….’ This is when Eowyn starts to change. Faramir says, ‘“What do you wish? … If it lies in my power, I will do it.”’ She ‘for the first time doubted herself.’ ‘“But I do not desire healing,” [Eowyn] said. “I wish to ride to war like my brother Eomer, or better like Theoden the king, for he died and has both honor and peace.”’

Faramir’s reply completely rocks her world. ‘“It is too late, lady, to follow the Captains, even if you had the strength,” said Faramir. “But death in battle may come to us all yet, willing or unwilling. You will be better prepared to face it in your own manner, if while there is still time you do as the Healer commanded. You and I, we must endure with patience the hours of waiting.”’ I won’t quote the whole scene. Basically, Faramir ‘smiles, though his heart [is] filled with pity,’ gives the Warden a command to change Eowyn’s room so that her window faces eastward and asks her to keep him company while he’s waiting, too. Eowyn, in return, does ‘not answer, but as he looked at her it seemed to him that something in her softened, as though a bitter frost were yielding at the first faint presage of Spring.’

Fast forward to a few weeks later, during which Faramir and Eowyn talk and sit together, both waiting. After Faramir confesses his love to Eowyn, she changes and says that she ‘“will be a shieldmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great Riders, no take joy only in the songs of slaying. [She] will be a healer, and love all things that grown and are not barren.” And again she looked at Faramir. “No longer do I desire to be a queen,” she said.’ Later comes one of the most romantic passages in The Lord of the Rings (which is saying a lot):

‘And [Faramir] took [Eowyn] in his arms and kissed her under the unlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.’

Well, there you have it.

Faramir-and-Eowyn-faramir-and-eowyn-15796751-1195-1017This is basically my favorite scene in the entire Extended Edition. Eowyn says, staring out into the field in front of Minas Tirith where she recently engaged in a war, “The city has fallen silent. There is no warmth left in the sun. It grows so cold.” Faramir looks out into the field where he nearly died, looks back at Eowyn, and encourages her with a smile, saying, “It’s just the damp of the first spring rain. I do not believe this darkness will endure.” ‘Nuff said.

Sadly, this is basically the last scene in which Faramir appears in the movie. The very last scene in which he appears is my favorite – after Aragorn gets crowned, he walks in front of some of his subjects. Eowyn and Faramir are there, together, clapping along with everyone else and smiling at each other like they haven’t a care in the world.

In the book, Faramir has one last amazing scene where he is passed on his father’s position as Steward of Gondor by Aragorn and basically officiates Aragorn’s crowning. It’s a great scene, one which I wish had been in the movie.

This is FARAMIR. I hope you’ve understood why he’s my favorite character, and I hope you think better of him now.

I’ll close with Pippin’s first impression of Faramir, as told in Return of the King.

‘When he saw the pale face of Faramir he caught his breath. It was the face of one who had been assailed by a great fear or anguish, but has mastered it and now is quiet. Proud and grave he stood for a moment…and Pippin gazing at him saw how closely he resembled his brother Boromir—whom Pippin had liked from the first, admiring the great man’s lordly but kindly manner. Yet suddenly for Faramir his heart was strangely moved with a feeling that he had not known before. Here was one with an air of high nobility such as Aragorn at times revealed, less high perhaps, yet also less incalculable and remote: one of the Kings of Men born into a later time, but touched with the wisdom and sadness of the Elder Race. He knew now why Beregond spoke his name with love. He was a captain that men would follow, that he would follow, even under the shadow of the black wings.’

(This post originally appeared on inklings press here)

hunger games feels {part 2}

Only thing that bothers me is that Peeta's line is from the first book, not Catching Fire.

Well, here I am, back again for another installment of Hunger Games feels, this time from Catching Fire. Away we go…

"A wave of shame rushes through me... How can I stand here, passive and mute, leaving all the words to Peeta? If she had won, Rue would never have let my death go unsung. I remember how I took care in the arena to cover her with flowers, to make sure her loss did not go unnoticed. But that gesture will mean nothing if I don't support it now. "Wait!" I stumble forward..." - Katniss (Catching Fire, Chapter 4)

Visiting District 11 – Rue’s district. Thresh’s district. The very first stop on the Victory Tour. Honestly, everything about this scene is heartbreaking. Peeta has such an amazing way with words (in my opinion, the movie version is even better than the book, because we actually get to hear what Peeta says about Thresh and Rue), not to mention giving up one month of their winnings to the tributes’ families. Katniss takes the microphone AND THAT PART MADE ME CRY EVEN HARDER THAN RUE’S DEATH. And then the whistle and the salute, which was so powerful in both the book and the movie. Hands down, this scene is one of the ones that made me cry the hardest.

Gale and Katniss in Catching Fire...them two just had some amazing moments

Gale’s whipping – All because of a dead turkey. I hate this scene, and the ones that come after with Gale recovering, because from the way Suzanne Collins describes the whole thing, you can almost feel his pain. Katniss is distraught, Gale is basically insensible from the pain, and…just…yeah. It’s one of the hardest bits to read. Although I love how Ripper and the others step in and save Gale. That part was epic.

The announcement of the Quarter Quell.

The Quarter Quell announcement – My mom didn’t really know any spoilers for Catching Fire, so when this happened, she was so shocked that she cried. I knew it was going to happen, but I cried as well. I can’t imagine the horror of thinking you were safe and then President Snow’s like “Whoops, sorry, you’ve got to go back and kill people. My bad.” What makes it even worse is that now Katniss is bent on keeping Peeta alive (while he’s bent on keeping her alive) and how Peeta volunteers for Haymitch and I basically don’t have any tears left by that part.

NEW PICS: Behind The Scenes of the Caesar Flickerman Interviews

Interviews – What an emotionally charged evening. The tributes were all brilliant in how they turned everything back to the Capitol and tried to stop the Games. They’re angry, they’re frustrated, they’re sad, and no matter what happens, nobody’s going to stop them from showing it. BUT PEETA. “If it wasn’t for the baby.” I know, I know, Katniss wasn’t really pregnant, but I’ve got to admit that that part…oh my goodness. It was maaajorly feelsy. And don’t even mention the tributes all holding hands. I know the bond broke right away in the arena, but for a moment, they were all together and it was THE MOST AWESOME AWESOMENESS EVER.

Catching Fire. Cinna's sneaky little three-fingered salute killed me.

CINNA – Cinna. Anything about Cinna. His breathtaking Mockingjay dress, what he said about channelling his emotions into his work, when he was dragged away by Peacekeepers. Cinna was Katniss’ rock in the eddying swirl of the Capitol, and he’s one of my favorite characters, if not the favorite. And to have him dragged away and killed during Capitol interrogation was beyond horrible. I hate it.

District 4's courageous victor Mags.

Mags’ death – I KNOW THAT SUZANNE COLLINS HAD TO GET RID OF MAGS BECAUSE OF PLOT, BUT I STILL CRIED BECAUSE FINNICK WAS SO HEARTBROKEN AND MAGS VOLUNTEERED EVEN THOUGH SHE KNEW SHE HAD NO CHANCE OF WINNING AND I HAVE A LOT OF FEELS OKAY.

Catching Fire - Jabberjay scene. I loved how Peeta was there for Katniss <3

Jabberjays – Ugh. This part. THIS. PART. Katniss and Finnick curled up in mental agony screaming and trying to block out the sounds and Katniss going berserk with her arrows and trying to kill all the birds…AND PEETA ON THE OTHER SIDE, HELPLESS TO DO ANYTHING. I think Suzanne Collins loves torturing both characters and readers alike.

I absolutely LOVED this last scene in Catching Fire.  In Katniss' reaction you can see the pain from having Peeta taken, the sadness of having her district destroyed, and lastly you can see her anger at Snow for what all has happened.  This just shows that Jennifer Lawrence is truly an amazing actress.  That she understands the depth of Katniss' emotions enough to portray them on-screen, is just all the more amazing.  Bravo Jenn.  From- Kamryn George

“There is no District 12” – Katniss’ home. Destroyed. Sure, her family got out, but…still heartbreaking.

What are some of the feelsiest moments from Catching Fire, in your opinion?

Eva

my feels triggers: jane

Hello all!  Miss Jane Bennet here…I’ll be posting every Monday from now on, but I must apologize to my lovely fellow proprietors Eva and Eowyn for delaying so long in introducing myself.  Like Eowyn, I was planning on doing a post on a particular fandom, but realized that perhaps I had better get my feels triggers out of the way first.

So.  Here goes…I’ll be doing five fandoms (I arbitrarily chose that number because I have to limit myself :P), with five being the least feelsy and one being the most.

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Eilonwy from the movie “The Black Cauldron”

 

5. Lloyd Alexander

Lloyd Alexander is one of my all-time favorite fantasy authors, just behind J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.  His books/series have this trick  of starting out lightly, and then suddenly killing off most of the minor characters and piling on the angst for the major ones.  And it hurts; his characters are very easy to care about.  For example, in his Chronicles of Prydain, he introduces many loveable and unique characters throughout the series, and then goes through and picks them all off during the last book–and even the main characters don’t get a very happy ending.  In his Westmark trilogy, he leaves literally eight or nine characters alive, out of at least twenty-five.  And let’s not even bring up The Gawgon and the Boy, ‘kay?

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4. Lord of the Rings

Of course, LotR is on here.  It isn’t as obviously feelsy as some other fandoms; there aren’t too many characters that actually do end up dying.  But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make me cry!  The deaths that do happen are so beautifully handled and impactful–the whole thing is just a masterpiece of writing, and it plays on my poor emotions like very few other books.  I love how the characters, one by one, rise to the occasion at different points in the story: Frodo facing the Black Rider, Sam storming the Tower of Cirith Ungol, Boromir sacrificing himself for Merry and Pippin, FARAMIR going on a suicide mission…

Oops, I’m crying.  On to the next!

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3. Wicked

Wicked?  You ask.  But it’s supposed to be funny!  Right?

It IS funny.  In fact, it can be absolutely hilarious–but also absolutely heartbreaking.  Even  in the beginning, Elphaba had a horrible childhood and she hates her roommate.  Some of the early songs of Wicked are sob-worthy, as well (“I’m Not That Girl” comes to mind), but it’s the ending that puts this on the list.

THE ENDING.  OHMYWORD.

The first time I saw this, I was completely unprepared for the ending to be so SAD!  There’s a bit of hope at the end, but seriously–Nessa dead, Elphie and Fiyero banished from Oz, Glinda losing both her best friend and the man she loved. *tears*  “For Good” and the “Finale” make me cry every time.

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2. Phantom of the Opera

POTO, both book and musical, was one of my first fandoms, and one of the first books to make me cry.  I’m a sucker for self-sacrificing people and sympathetic villains (as some of you know…*coughcough*  She knows who she is.), and this has both–in fact, it has the ultimate combination of both.  Erik is so pitiable, and yet fearsome, creepy–and very  human.  The climax of this show always makes me cry: Raoul’s despair, Christine’s compassion, and the Phantom’s love for Christine finally winning out over his hatred of the world in general.  The ending of the book…well.  It’s more tense and dramatic than in the musical, but then comes the last chapter and Erik comes in to the Persian, dying but happy, and Gaston Leroux did SUCH a good job here, not overdoing it or understating it.  Here, you know what?  Just have the whole thing.  Try not to cry too much.

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1. Les Misérables

Seriously, does this even need an explanation?  Les Mis will always top any list of feelsy things, whether it be in book, musical, or movie form.  Besides the obvious everyone-died feels, this show/book has helped me to mature so much in this past year; the sacrifices and the love that is shown in so many different ways throughout has given me an example and assisted me in figuring out some faith-related things.

Plus, of course, the music is gorgeous and heartbreaking, the WORDS are beautiful, and Victor Hugo’s way with words is swoon-worthy.

And by the way, golden-haired revolutionaries have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with Les Mis being my favorite musical.  Nope, not at all.  Why would you think that?

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my feels triggers: eowyn

Hey, guys!!  Eowyn here.  I was going to do an epic post about one of my favorite fandoms… when I realized…

I NEVER POSTED MY FEELS TRIGGERS POST.

WHAAAAAAAAAAT?!

So I’m here to talk about my feels triggers.  The epic post will have to wait.  (Also, these are strictly my movie feels triggers.  If I included books in here… we’d all be here forever.)

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6 – Disney

Okay, so I’m a 90’s kid.  Most of the movies during Disney’s (FIRST) Golden Age came out when I was little, so I grew up on them.  Disney will always have a special place in my heart.  I’ve really enjoyed seeing the newer Disney movies going back to their older standards, which is why I called the Golden Age the first one.  The most recent examples of this are Frozen and Maleficent, which both show that true love isn’t always between a guy and a girl.

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5 – Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit

I’m a Tolkiendil, and Faramir is my favorite character in the entire Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit fandom.  I had to read all of the LOTR books before I could watch the movies, and I’ll remember them forever!  While I’m not one of those huuuuuge fans who has an entire cosplay wardrobe or can say the pledge of allegiance in Elvish… I still love watching the movies – The Superior EXTENDED Editions, thankyouverymuch.

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4- Les Miserables

Ugh, Les Mis…. Why must you torture me so?  This is my favorite musical evah, and I love it for so many reasons!!!  Whenever someone says they don’t like it, I instantly go all “Who cares about your lonely soul?” on them.  (You don’t want to see me like that.  Trust me.)  Honestly, where is there a better example of the law vs. grace, besides Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for sinners like you and me?  True, it’s been called The Musical Where Everyone Dies, but it’s totally worth it.  One of my dreams is to see it on Broadway!

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3 – The Hunger Games

Okay.  This is a relatively new fandom for me (as in, I was finally allowed to read the books and watch the movies less than a month ago), but I’m all in.  When I read the books, I was completely and totally enamored with how deep they all are!  There are so many great analogies and morals.  I can’t wait to read the books again!  Hopefully I can read them in longer than a week, though.  That was a little much.  (Speaking of, Mockingjay Parts One and Two are going to kill me.  Ugh, I’ll probably be all SGOINGLFALNKGNI after seeing them.  Excuse my pardon.)

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2 – Marvel (or, more specifically, STEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVE.)

I was never really a “superhero person” – up until about three years ago, that is.  Captain America: The First Avenger was my first real introduction to superheroes (the old Superman and Spider-Man movies don’t count because I didn’t like them at. all), and I’ve been hooked ever since!  I’ve seen more of the Marvel movies over the past year than I care to admit, and I love all of them (even the Thor movies, which, to be totally honest, I only love because of Hiddles.  Sue me.)  Steve Rogers will always be my favorite, though – and you can be sure that I’ll do many, many, many posts about him.

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1 – Boy Meets World

*sigh*  Boy Meets World, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.

There’s a reason why BMW is my top favorite fandom.  It’s real – that’s what I love about it.  There’s nothing wrong with the other Disney shows – I enjoy watching a few episodes of all of them.  However, you can only go so far with a TV show about bionic teenagers or a teenage rockstar or a group of super-smart kids.  Boy Meets World is real.  It’s about a group of teenagers with no ambitions to be famous, who go through normal struggles such as friendship problems, family problems, and school problems.  I’ve learned so much from this show since I discovered it last October – mostly due to mentor/teacher/neighbor/friend, George Feeny.  Feeny and the other adults on the show is the other reason why I love it – while they’re often very funny, they’re always smarter than the kids, who know to go to them for advice.  The episodes always have a point and a lesson to be learned.  I’m currently on Season Five, and I love it to itty-bitty bits and pieces.  (Don’t even get me started on how excited I am about Girl Meets World.)

hunger games feels {part 1}

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So, the newest thing on Feelsy Feels is that there will be regular posts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I, Eva, took Wednesday, so here I am with a post about The Hunger Games. The entire series is loaded with feels, and I’m going to do a short post series that hits all the major feelsy stuff in each book. Try not to cry too much…

Gale, Prim, and Mrs. Everdeen after Katniss volunteers. I may be team peeta and may not like gale that much but he still cares about katniss's family, and I love that about him!

Katniss volunteering at the Reaping – Right off, this book has feels. In just the second chapter, Katniss is making an incredible self-sacrifice to keep her sister alive and out of the Games. I mean, think about this for a minute. Katniss knows she’s going on what will almost certainly turn out to be a suicide mission. And she still volunteers. Honestly, I don’t think I’d have the guts to do that. Katniss herself says that that kind of thing never happens in most districts. That is the one thing that made me like Katniss, more than anything else.

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Peeta announcing to the world that he loves Katniss – This might not seem like a big feelsy thing to most people, but it was to me. COME ON. Peeta’s been in love with Katniss for years, and he only confesses it when he’s about to be killed (at least in his mind). I know it was part of his strategy with Haymitch, but he really did mean it. And then just imagine what he felt like when Katniss basically attacked him afterwards. Peeta’s just about the sweetest guy ever, and he deserved more than what he got.

"Sixty seconds. That’s how long we’re required to stand on our metal circles before the sound of a gong releases us. Step off before the minute is up, and land mines blow your legs off. Sixty seconds to take in the ring of tributes all equidistant from the Cornucopia, a giant golden horn shaped like a cone with a curved tail, the mouth of which is at least twenty feet high, spilling over with the things that will give us life here in the arena."

The start of the Games – Oh my goodness, I could feel the sheer terror and desperation when I read the start-of-the-Games scenes. I can’t imagine what it would feel like to be put out in a controlled environment with twenty-three other people who want your blood. Plus, all the kids dying at the Cornucopia and FEELS ‘CAUSE THEY’RE JUST KIDS. It’s more graphic in the movie, but the book definitely gets the feeling/message across well.

The Hunger Games - Rue's death    “Deep in the meadow, under the willowA bed of grass, a soft green pillowLay down your head, and close your sleepy eyesAnd when again they open, the sun will rise.”

Rue’s death – THE ULTIMATE FEELS SCENE.  Rue is pretty much the most endearing tribute.  She’s sweet, young, and takes care of her siblings much like Katniss does with Prim.  I’m glad that the Games didn’t come down to her and Katniss and Peeta, but still…her death just goes to show how sick the entire Capitol system is.  It doesn’t help that Katniss sings a song for her, since music always makes things more emotional.  I sob my way through that scene every time I read it.

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Thresh sparing Katniss’ life – No matter how horrible I feel over Rue’s death, this part always makes me cry harder.  Thresh is such an amazing character and this act of kindness means everything to the whole series.  If Thresh had decided to just kill Katniss and get rid of a dangerous opponent, Peeta would have died (because he wouldn’t have the medicine) and eithe r Cato or Foxface would’ve won (because Cato killed Thresh a little later on).  There would’ve been no revolution (at least not then) and there would be no story.  Plus, the Everdeens and Hawthornes and Mellarks would have had to cope with the fallout of Katniss/Peeta’s deaths.  So, Thresh and his choice are both vital and he’s one of my favorite tributes.

Cato & Clove (aka Clato). What a new view of things!

Cato and Clove – I just want to spend a couple of seconds talking about the moment after Clove’s death when Cato runs over and tries to get her to wake up and he’s kneeling by her body and it’s actually pretty heartbreaking.  Because they’re still kids, even if they’re mean, and that just goes to show how hard the Games are for even them.  And don’t get me started on how the screenwriter for the first movie made Cato heartbreakingly understandable in the mutts scene.  That was horribly sad.

Together.

The berry scene – UGH.  THE BERRIES AND ‘TOGETHER’ AND PEETA TRUSTING KATNISS AND THE RELIEF AND THE HUG THE END.

Peeta in 'Catching Fire' | It kills me. In every picture from Catching Fire Peeta, at a glance, looks normal. Not overly happy just average. But when you look closely, you find he's not. He looks sad. He's putting on a front, but he can't completely hide the deep sadness he has at the end of the day.
Peeta finding out that Katniss didn’t really love him – This part always makes me really sad.  After all Peeta’s been through, he discovers that the love Katniss supposedly felt for him was false.  Just imagine how that felt.  Terrible.  And he’s so sensitive (in a good, non-wimpy way) that I’m sure it cut right to his heart.  I know they make up in the second book, but leaving book one like that was sooo feelsy.  So, so feelsy.

What are some of the feelsiest scene from THG, in your opinion?

Eva