Radford Girl Stef Dawson takes on The Hunger Games

johnboy 29 August 2013 34

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The Age has the word on Canberra’s Stef Dawson landing a major role in the next two Hunger Games movies.

It’s nice to see a local doing well in Hollywood.

But, it would be remiss of me to not point out that The Hunger Games is downright evil, pure poison, and damn close to being Mein Kampf for a young adult audience.

If only Sherman had burned the slaving bastards harder.


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Aeek Aeek 2:12 am 31 Aug 13

milkman said :

Only the intellectually lazy or stupid fear literature that doesn’t accord with their views. It’s a bit like parents being scared about religious classes in schools.

or the Fundies who are terrified of Harry Potter

Heavs Heavs 9:54 pm 30 Aug 13

There’s something a little fishy about Finding Nemo and I don’t mean the clownfish hero with the gammy fin. I’m talking instead about the too-easy, no-pain, nature-worshipping New Age-ism being pushed by this hit animation.

Deckard Deckard 8:54 pm 30 Aug 13

johnboy said :

Hunger Games is a fantasy of unreconstructed confederates.

Yeah, but it has Jennifer Lawrence in it.

milkman milkman 8:33 pm 30 Aug 13

It’s a story, much like any other. If it encourages kids to read then great. If it gives you a jumping off point to discuss themes and issues with your children, so much the better.

Only the intellectually lazy or stupid fear literature that doesn’t accord with their views. It’s a bit like parents being scared about religious classes in schools. Use it as an opportunity to engage your kids and encourage them to stretch their thinking and consider other points of view. It doesn’t mean you have to agree, or even accept, these perspectives.

DrKoresh DrKoresh 7:55 pm 30 Aug 13

Maybe said :

johnboy said :

Radford Collegians are claiming her.

Nope she was definitely at Girls Grammar.

The CT article says she went to both. Why that possibility never crossed anybody’s mind is beyond me, but hey, there’s a lot I don’t understand. When I found out she was a GG alumni my feelings of congratulations were overcome by bitterness that of course you have to have gone to the richest school in the territory to be able to do things like land movie roles.

scentednightgardens scentednightgardens 7:07 pm 30 Aug 13

Maybe said :

johnboy said :

Radford Collegians are claiming her.

Nope she was definitely at Girls Grammar.

Why does it matter? Is she still attending high school???

Maybe Maybe 4:59 pm 30 Aug 13

johnboy said :

Radford Collegians are claiming her.

Nope she was definitely at Girls Grammar.

Here_and_Now Here_and_Now 9:10 am 30 Aug 13

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Much like Katniss herself

You know she’s not a real person, right?

Yes, but as she is the lead character in all three Hunger Games novels and their accompanying films, and they are the material under dscussion both here and in the linked review, I found mentions of her, or comparative metaphors between her and the writer of the review in question, to be contextually appropriate.

Cuttlefish Cuttlefish 10:15 pm 29 Aug 13

She went to Grammar, not Radford

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 6:19 pm 29 Aug 13

Much like Katniss herself

You know she’s not a real person, right?

DrKoresh DrKoresh 5:17 pm 29 Aug 13

johnboy said :

The neo-confederates also try to make out that there was no racial element in the civil war.

It was all states rights!

Then they complain about the economic damage done to them by Sherman when he freed the slaves.

No mention at all of black people because they don’t think of them as people at all.

It’s a similar vein to the rural nutjobs who describe themselves as “real australians” at the expense of the rest of us. (only we haven’t had to fight a war with those dingbats yet)

That’s fair, I still think you might be reading into it a bit far. I did mean to say that while most Proud Southerners weren’t racist, it doesn’t mean they’re not obnoxious, oblivious, insensitive and ignorant. That’s not to say there’s little to no racism in the South, just not as much as a lot of people seem to think. Anyway, thanks JB, it’s nice to have discussions that aren’t bitter and ideologically driven every now and then.

DrKoresh DrKoresh 4:54 pm 29 Aug 13

So I’m not wrong? Sorry, I’m not trying to bait you JB, and I don’t think what you’ve said is stupid, I just honestly don’t see what you mean about racism in HG. I remember there was some vague controversy about the film’s cast being “whitewashed” but that was mostly an internet beat-up, and certainly it beats out most other films in the YA genre when it comes to minority casting.

    johnboy johnboy 5:09 pm 29 Aug 13

    The neo-confederates also try to make out that there was no racial element in the civil war.

    It was all states rights!

    Then they complain about the economic damage done to them by Sherman when he freed the slaves.

    No mention at all of black people because they don’t think of them as people at all.

    It’s a similar vein to the rural nutjobs who describe themselves as “real australians” at the expense of the rest of us. (only we haven’t had to fight a war with those dingbats yet)

p1 p1 4:24 pm 29 Aug 13

Twilight makes the Hunger Games look like Schindler’s List in colour.

DrKoresh DrKoresh 2:50 pm 29 Aug 13

johnboy said :

Twilight is oppressive to women certainly.

But hunger games as neo-confederate justification is racially oppressive IMHO.

Which is worse? Hard to say. Both pretty horrible.

Saying pro-confederate and pro-segregation are the same thing seems a bit much to me. I’m yet to be convinced that the confederacy themes in the series is anything other than coincidence anyway, but in the proud Land of the Free they tend to be very nationalistic. Southerners tend to have a patriotic pride in the history of their land and, yes, in the history of the confederacy. But not that many of them do it because they’re secretly racist, in fact I’d argue that thanks to the massive populations of different ethnicities, the South is actually a pretty tolerant place to be (as long as you believe in Jesus).

I don’t think race is even an issue in the books, so I’m not seeing where this theme of racial oppression comes from. The main theme is economic oppression more than anything. Is there some subtle nuance I haven’t grasped? Am I totally missing the point here?

DrKoresh DrKoresh 2:19 pm 29 Aug 13

johnboy said :

In many ways it’s worse than twilight.

Okay, fair enough, but now I think it’s reasonable to ask you to back up that opinion. In what way is it worse than Twilight?

    johnboy johnboy 2:36 pm 29 Aug 13

    Twilight is oppressive to women certainly.

    But hunger games as neo-confederate justification is racially oppressive IMHO.

    Which is worse? Hard to say. Both pretty horrible.

Spitfire3 Spitfire3 2:18 pm 29 Aug 13

Back in my day, vampires sucked blood instead of …

DrKoresh DrKoresh 1:56 pm 29 Aug 13

I think we can all agree though, at least it isn’t Twilight.

DrKoresh DrKoresh 1:54 pm 29 Aug 13

Propaganda? To who, about what? It’s about as lame and cliched as any other YA fiction series. The missus loves the Hunger Games, she still trying in vain to get me to read it, but I am taking her to see them all at the movies. A lot of the (IMO) silliest bits of the first movie were apparently in the book so you can’t even say that it’s Hollywood’s fault for messing with the source text.

I don’t understand your total hatred of the series, JB, especially having not read it, or seeing the movie. I mean, sure it’s stupid, but no more so than any other movie that’s come out in the last 10 years or so. At least the badly written bits in the movie are there because of the badly written bits in the book, rather than the result of focus group testing.

Since I have to watch them all, I’m just glad that Jennifer Lawrence is the main character.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:22 pm 29 Aug 13

I hope she knows how to act like a piece of wood, as I wouldn’t like to see too much emotion in the next film.

Mysteryman Mysteryman 11:44 am 29 Aug 13

johnboy said :

Sparing me the need to articulate it because this bilge isn’t worth my time:

http://firstronin47.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/review-hunger-games.html

That is proof that people will see what they want to see.

I’ve read some nonsensical film reviews in my time. That one ranks right up there.

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