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The Mockingjay Treatment

Another day, and also it’s another day without any Mockingjay news to speak of. Or, no legitimate Mockingjay news, because if you know me, you know I’d prefer to not give paparazzi shots, or trumped-up rumors that much credence, or any modicum of my precious time. So, what’s there to discuss today if there’s nothing Mockingjay related happening in our little corner of the world? Um, well how about we pick up where JJ took off yesterday, yep– where she ripped the concept, and the news that the last book in the Divergent series is too, just like Harry Potter, and Twilight, and The Hunger Games– is being split into two films as opposed to one. Let’s pretend we’re living in an alternate universe for a second or two? And in this world The Hunger Games franchise is going just as well as it has been, but instead of splitting the last installment of the book series into two, that they’re keeping it a singular film?

What would a single film for Mockingjay be like? That’s where my mind’s at right now. When the news broke years ago that Mockingjay was getting the Harry Potter/ Twilight treatment I disapproved, I said it was about making more money not about the story. However I came around, and now I’m struck thinking what would happen to the story of Mockingjay if it was adapted as one film? The word that comes to

Hey, who made this!?

Hey, who made this!?

mind first is the word “truncated”. I know how I’ve felt before when seeing favorite novels of mine adapted into film, and seemingly half the story is missing. I’m serious, I can think of two great novels where the film adaptations quite literally left out entire, great, all-encompassing chunks of the story. For Example: East of Eden, the 1955 adaptation directed by Elia Kazan. It’s touted as a masterpiece, as well as being one of the three films James Dean starred in before his untimely death at 25. What’s missing though is the disheartening fact that the film starts the story’s original narrative in the last third of the story. Yep, they started the film at the back end of the story, and did they backtrack and fill in the gaps? Not really, nope. Second example I can think of I’m actually happy to state that I’m happy with: The Cider House Rules (1999), is a gem of a book to film adaptation, not only because the film stays true to the novel it’s based on, but because the essence of it, even though entire sequences, years even of the story are cut– but, because it worked. Why I think it worked though is this: The screenplay was adapted and written by John Irving, the man who wrote the novel The Cider House Rules. Aye there’s the rub.

 

Truncated is the word we’re still fixated on, got it? East of Eden and Cider House Rules are perfect examples in my opinion, of films adapted from great novels that used the editing process to both enhance, and well– alter a story to the unfortunate point of dilution. Mockingjay if it was made into a singular film adaptation I feel in my heart of hearts would suffer the poor treatment of East of Eden, edited to the point of scant recognition. What would be taken away though? First, and the most sad– Buttercup. I believe Buttercup would be cut out of the story almost completely. And judging from all the tweeting the executive producer, Nina Jacobson has been doing featuring the cat portraying Buttercup– his being cut would leave us as a fandom with even less to grasp onto during this news drought. Second: Say good-bye to possibly another one of Katniss’ friends being omitted! Who would it be though? Delly’s probably cut anyway, and Madge is a ghost, or Taylor Swift, that leaves someone from the Capitol! Flavius? Octavia? Venia? Well, Venia may have been cut anyway, and I don’t think we’re going to cry into our cereal over that, are we? Are we?! Hm, what else? Welp, I think realistically the world building would go out the window? I mean sure, there would be some– but it would be very loose, and not wide and expansive. I basically think we’d get the same amount of world building that we got in The Hunger Games, and then go on our merry disgruntled way wishing there was just, well… more. Thank god we’re getting two films, all’s I’m saying.

Now, someone pitch East of Eden to HBO so we can get a mini series out of that masterpiece of a novel, and cast someone hot like Timothy Olyphant as Adam Trask!

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Jealous of Jennifer Lawrence

The fanfare, and the whispers, and screams over the new X-Men film are starting to assault us here in Pop-Culture-World. And I gotta confess, I’m kind of jealous of Jennifer Lawrence. Her first X-Men film was released in

Why can't I hate you?!

Why can’t I hate you?!

May of 2011, a good year or so before The Hunger Games, and truth be told– I don’t remember a whole bunch about it, except that three actors I’d been keen on for a good while, or a good long while were in it. And those three actors are James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult.

If you’ve been a regular reader here at Victor’s Village, you’ll know that I’m a fan of the 2007 film Atonement, one of James McAvoy’s first projects after his awards nominated work in The Last King of Scotland, both films I highly recommend by the way– not only for James’ work however, okay maybe a lot for James’ work. And then there’s Michael Fassbender, or “Fassy”, as some people call him. Man, oh man, is that a actor who’s not afraid to look like a totally disgusting, abhorrent, example of a human being. There’s just something about Fassbender, I think it’s a lack of ego– or maybe the biggest ego you’ll ever come across in history. I say this because not that many people have the guts to play a sex addict, and have the character work, the story, or anything about the project be glamorous. Or maybe it’s playing a slave holding, alcoholic, angry, abusive, rapist? Oh, and then he played an

Photo from The Guardian

Photo from The Guardian

android. I don’t know, all I know is is that Fassbender is going to win big awards in the future once those awards giving out people get over the fact that he has a giant man-hood, and they do not. Yep, I went there. Nicholas Hoult, what can I say about Nicholas Hoult? I know! He will always be the little, sensitive boy in About A Boy opposite Hugh Grant, and then there’s Tony. Tony Stonem, one of the main characters from the first generation of the ground breaking, British drama called Skins. Nicholas, or Nick as I believe his friends and family call him, showed a remarkable amount of range in the 19 episodes he was privileged enough to portray Tony Stonem, a cocksure, arrogant, arsehole at first glance– later a numb tongued, insecure, memory addled recluse. The character’s Nick has chosen to play aren’t typical, if I do say so myself. He could have very easily gone from About A Boy to doing more sweet and unassuming work, but instead he aged up and chose to grace us with his presence as Tony. Now the world knows him as Beast though, and Jack the Giant Slayer– but mostly Beast. He’s got several other projects in the works, and I’m crossing my fingers toes and eyes that one or more of those projects will show the world that he’s more than just a Brit who can do a decent North American accent who looks good in blue hair, fur…? Is it fur?

To add to the jealousy factor, the X-Men: Days of Future Past cast list is rounded out by none other than everyone’s favorite New York tourist/ Star Fleet Captain, everyone’s favorite Aussie, everyone’s favorite Canadian FBI agent, everyone’s favorite little serial killer/ Ryan Murphy’s muse, and everyone’s favorite, and sexiest little person ever.

Our love is strong for Jen, but if I was in a room with all of those people and her– I’d have a nervous breakdown.

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And– NOTHING

NothingGuys, let’s be honest now– there’s not a bloody decent thing to yammer on about right now where it comes to the productions of Mockingjay: Part 1 and 2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is out on DVD and Blu-ray, and everyone and their grandmother has seen it. Seriously, even my waxer has seen it! There is nothing of great interest going on right now, the lull is great, and vast, and boring as all get out, and I’m tapped out where it comes to topics that will engage, titulate, or even enrage you guys. Until we get news, and I mean real news, not grainy photos taken from thousands of feet up, or away from some pretty much indiscerible scene from either Mockingjay: Part 1, or 2. Yeah, I know, I know! To some people those shots are fuel that will keep you going for weeks on end, but I’ll be honest– I need a hell of a lot more than grainy shots to keep me engaged! I need freakin’ Sam Claflin huddled on the floor of a huge underground bunker, tying, and re-tying an endless string, of endless knots, hands steady, and sure– face stone like, eyes troubled. Well, until we get real news– I don’t know what we’re going to be able to joke, jab, or even write about! Oh yeah…

I could wax philosophic over the voting shenanigans surrounding the MTV Movie Awards, but I’ll be honest again– doesn’t interest me. ‘Cause I already know that Katniss is an awesome character, I also know that the Dowager Countess of Grantham is a great character, and so is Lars von Trier’s Joe from Nymphomaniac Volume I and II. We do not need a silly awards show to tell us this, do we? I know I don’t! Grand scheme guys, big-ass, screaming, loud, totally huge scheme– MTV is a zygote to the Academy Awards, the BAFTAS, hell most reputable and note worthy awards shows. Yeah, again– I know! “But the MTV Movie Awards are for fun!” Erm, I don’t think they’re fun– I didn’t even think they were fun when I supposedly fell into the age bracket they seem to still be shooting for. Also, when I was a teenager I didn’t have cable TV, and only ever saw MTV at friends houses, who’d more often than not would rather marathon watch Animal Planet– which we did, thank you very much.

So, y’all want to get all wrapped up in an awards show that’s already done a bang up job of pissing us off by snubbing the heroine of our series out of the category she should be included in, be my guest. I’m gonna go watch Game of Thrones, which has real news being released about it on a regular basis!

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Some Mockingjay Ideas for the Soul

Let’s be honest again, ’cause it’s kind of a forte here anyway– we really need some freakin’ Mockingjay: Part 1 news! And I don’t mean a blurb in some entertainment news publication that’s a reiteration of information we got snip-its of several months ago. Nope, we need honest to god NEWS. In a better world, in other words in a world where as a collective fandom we had the power to convince a major motion picture studio to release such wonderous news-y bits, I think we’d have them by now. Alas we do not have that power despite the size of our collective community. Until such news-y bits are released however, bear with me for a time or two, and well– let me spin a yarn on what this particular non-professional-semi-marketing-savvy fandom member wishes were some of the bits to be released, well– yesterday. And by “particular fandom member”, eh-hem– I MEAN ME

Use the propos: It’s already built into the canon of the series, and it’s– to be sort of blunt, an already solid, and climatically perfect feature. In my mind’s eye, which is kind of a visual place to begin with as a photographer, the propos Suzanne Collins envisioned in her book work on many, many levels. They’re transformative, they’re a call to arms, they’re a rallying cry to the little people, and they’re visually stunning. I can see it now, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen standing on that roof top, a smoking and burning cityscape behind her, her face set in look of anger, fortitude, and conviction, speaking words that come from her inner most gutteral instincts– throwing down the gauntlet on President Snow, and transforming for the first time under her own terms, into the Mockingjay. Or, things could go another direction: The first attempt at a propos with Katniss was a monumental failure. I’m sure you all remember the tumblr_mla1llMN2R1qb8lw8o1_500telling line that Haymitch uttered, his first in the entire novel of Mockingjay, “And that, my friends, is how a revolution dies.” However, from a cinematic POV that propo could very well work. It’s got the swirling flames, the Capitol look, the lines– however stiffly delivered, but if you saw that on TV, or at least clips of it artfully cut together, I think it would work as a more than decent facet of a viral marketing campaign.

Other propos, or bursts that get pushed past the Capitol’s firewalls, in my head can all become major aspects of the upcoming advertizing campaigns that will eventually make their way to us. I can see it unfolding, flashes of wartime news footage, footage that looks like it could have been taken at any time during our own world’s most recent political, and wartime events– only this footage will feature burning Capitol flags, and Peacekeepers in their white, exoskeleton riot gear, pushing, and beating District citizens down, and out-of-the-way. Of course this could all be intermixed with scenes of Katniss in the bowels of District 13 curled into a ball with boxes of school supplies behind her, and smash cutting from her mind’s eye to the last time she saw Peeta, to another smash cut of what she imagines is happening to Peeta in the Capitol. It could prove to be a visually stunning, and visceral experience– which is kind of what we want, hm? No more games, no more pretty about it, just raw, unadulterated PTSD, grey clothes, and snap-shots of a mind that’s not quite on an even keel.

It won’t happen this way of course, but a True Detective loving girl can dream– right?

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Josh Hutcherson In Mockingjay Peeta Mode

OMG MOCKINGJAY PHOTO!

Okay, it’s not official, but it’s still pretty freaking stellar.

Laura Simpson, aka Jennifer Lawrence’s BFFL who went to the Oscars to support Jen and spent a decent chunk of it at the bar with Jen’s dad (for which we already love her), posted up a photo of herself and Josh Hutcherson on the Mockingjay set.

BEHOLD!

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(Gracias, Jabberjays!)

PEETA! He’s back! …And he got the shizz beat outta him!

Observe the black eye, the burned and bruised chest, and the locket! Oh, the locket! Of course, this is not DURING actual filming because Josh is in a gym sweatshirt, but a scene was either being prepped or just finished.

What does it meeeeean?!

Most likely, we’re talking District 13 scenes, post-hijacking. Josh is wearing THE LOCKET. You know the one! The Capitol wouldn’t be letting Peeta hold onto that. He’s got himself a partially-healed shiner too. Unless Peeta gets roughed up by Katniss or Gale or maybe even Boggs in a newly added scene (though we doubt it, because that’s just asking for THE ATTACK OF THE FANGIRLSSSS), he’s still sporting that injury from the Capitol. He’s also got extensive scarring on his chest from Capitol torture, right? This could be batshit crazy hijacked Peeta!

… At least, that’s the popular theory. BUT WE HAVE ANOTHER!

Remember when Nina Jacobson told us Buttercup was back on set? JJ thought it was time for “She’s dead, you stupid cat!” and thus the ending scenes to be filmed. We think she’s totally right! Peeta just proves it.

The shattered remnants of Star Squad 451 reach the Capitol Square. They’ve been put through hell and are likely bruised and bloodied. When the bomb detonates, both Katniss and Peeta are burned extensively. Assuming we skip over or even speed up the imprisonment and trial of Katniss Everdeen and ship her back to District 12, she’d be there in a few weeks, shortly followed by Peeta. Remember when he gets back?

“He looks well. Thin and covered with burn scars like me, but his eyes have lost that clouded, tortured look.”

Peeta, with treacherous burn scars across his body. Peeta, possibly still sporting a black eye from the battle in the Capitol. Peeta, wearing the locket that ties him to Katniss, still caring about her no matter what they’ve both done during the war. Peeta, planting evening primroses.

*gaspsnifflesob*

Aaaaaand of course, we could be totally wrong. This could be anywhere, at any time. But a fangirl can dream!

We’re Just Assuming Peeta Is Not In Total Distress Because His Hair Is Still PERFECT,
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Sam Claflin Gladly Is Not a Cartoon

Just to prove once again that we here at Victor’s Village have accepted, like, and genuinely think that Sam Claflin is, and was a great casting choice for Finnick Odair, I’m going to take it upon myself to gratuitously promote all his other projects, yes– that includes when he takes to le Twitter and does sporadic (points if you think of the same hit ’90s film when you see or hear that word!), and planned Q & A’s. They do happen on occasion, less than they do on other cast members Twitters’, like say– um, what’s his name again, he’s on that really violent series, he’s blond, tall, what’s his name!? Oh yeah, Alexander Ludwig! Anyway, Sam’s Q & A’s are always pleasant, always a little bit cheeky, and always a little bit self-deprecating. Poor man, someone needs to bolster his confidence! I’ll leave that job to his wife however.

The Internet is a great place sometimes, allowing us little’uns to have a modicum of a connection to famous-y people like in this instance, Sam Claflin. And this past evening Mr. Claflin did not disappoint, although I was slightly disappointed because last night I was out celebrating my birthday by watching Grand Budapest Hotel, and thus missed the amazing,Sam-Claflin stupendous, Q & A put on by Digital Spy that he participated in! You can read the highlights here, and bathe in the funny, and sweet, and the dogged. However, here’s the gist, or my highlights!

He’s still shocked that he got the role of Finnick, because at the time he looked nothing like the fan-art he made the terrible, horrible very bad mistake of Googling before he auditioned. Sam, love you– but even I hated pretty much all the Finnick fan-art out there before people started taking it seriously and using real people as models. And even then they still were rather amateurish and crude. It’s no wonder his confidence was seemingly shot before he went in to those initial auditions, but he rallied. Which brings us to the second highlight for me from the Q & A session, he read the trilogy in five days! Ah, this means one thing to me– he’s a crazy-ass fan too, which should make all of us very happy.

Thinning out the highlights though, I have to ignore the anecdotes he’s already shared, like dropping Lynn Cohen in the frigid water– you know the drill. However, highlight number three for me is this tasty morsel of taste– he wishes that he could work with Tom Hardy in the future. More so than that he added that he’d also like to work with Christian Bale, as well as Bradley Cooper. Johnny Depp was also mentioned. So there you have it my fair folks, Sam’s our Finnick, Sam’s a funny chap, and Sam’s also got good taste in hopeful scene partners.

To bolster his confidence, because we really can’t leave it all to his wife– go see his new film The Quiet Ones. Comes out April the 1st!

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Being Paid To Be a Dick

Yeah, I said it– and I’ll say it loudly! Owen Gleiberman was probably paid a nominal fee to tear down The Hunger Games franchise, and tout Divergent as better, more perfect, more– whatever than The Hunger Games times a billion zillion! In the grand scheme of things, and also in the tiny scheme of things, Gleiberman’s opinions are a moot point. Some people just have varying tastes, some people think that pickles and ice cream is yummy times a thousand, and also not when pregnant– as popular culture has deemed that food combination to be appropriate when a lady person’s hormones are going every which way, and therefore she craves crazy-ass combos, like ice cream and pickles. Weird food combinations aside, I know people who rant and rave about how great Divergent is! Me though? I’ve never read the books, and I’m not going to see the movie, because yep– I’m a movie snob, and if a film is not fresh rated on Rotten Tomatoes, I’m not going to waste my hard earned money on it. Just my stance on my fun-money, no wasting it on mediocrity. So, let’s talk about some different films for a second, because that’s where in a better world, you’d be spending your money, and maybe having a better time.

I’ve seen some good films lately, and none of them are part of any huge flashy franchises. I tend to see smaller films anyway, it’s just how I roll. So if you’re more inclined to skip the box office monsters in the next few weeks, or just want to stay home and jammy-pants it whilst watching NetFlix, by all means read on.

Tim’s Vermeer: It’s a documentary, but made by one of the most unlikely documenterians ever, Penn of Penn and Teller fame, followed the process of his good friend

Tim being amazing

Tim being amazing

Tim, a genius in his own right, attempting to prove that Johannes Vermeer used lenses, or camera obscura, as well as mirrors to achieve his masterful true to life paintings. The painstaking process Tim goes through is daunting, and fascinating, and if you like art, classic art, nerds being nerds, and science– watch this movie as soon as you possibly can!

About Time: It’s by the same team that brought us to tears with Love Actually as well as Four Weddings and a Funeral. It’s classic Brit humor, quiet, sweet, thought-provoking, and well acted. It stars Domhnall Gleeson, best known for portraying Bill Weasley in The Harry Potter franchise. The story is odd, a young man is told by his father (Bill Nighy) that all the men in their family possess the power to go backwards in time, however only within the confines of their own personal lifetimes. Time travel, I know!? Crazy, weird idea! But this is a much less science fiction-y way of doing time travel, it’s more about letting a person become the person they always had the potential to be by allowing him (Domhnall) to get to do do-overs. It’s how he meets his wife, it’s how he can say good-bye to his father in the sweetest way possible, it’s how he saves his sisters life. It’s wonderful, and if you’re not into soft, quiet films– stay the fuck away.

That’s all folks! Go watch movies!

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The Mockingjay Extras Edge

OMG GUYS! STUFF TO SPECULATE ABOUT! WE’RE TOTES GONNA DO THAT NOW!

*cough* Sorry. We get really excited about the little things during slow news periods. But you probably want to know what we’re talking about soooo moving on…

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These guys!

We all know that Catrett Locke Casting is responsible for all Hunger Games extras casting. It’s supposed to be semi-secret, but at this point everyone’s figured out who to email for their shot at roughly two seconds of on-screen immortalization (which my friend Max managed AGAIN in Catching Fire and I am super jealous, but that is another post). Even CLC’s calls are essentially like “Yeah, we’re fucking awesome because we’re working on Mockingjay! Try your luck, suckaaaaahs!”

Just recently, they put up a new call for a few things. The first is obviously Peacekeepers, as the advertise for tall, very muscular who like to “keep the peace.” See last sentence of previous paragraph.

The next is a little more confusing. They’re looking for a blonde haired, blue eyed woman. Which is to say a bleached haired, blue eyed woman, because no adult blonde is really THAT blonde. Will you take a dirty blonde haired, gray/green eyed short chick, CLC? If so, I’M YOUR GIRL. But what is this for, again? Why do we need a random blonde woman? Why are her blondness and blueness important? We cannot compute! The production is probably in need of District 13 extras and some fleeing Capitol citizens, but that wouldn’t require a specific look. Chances are you’re looking for someone with striking features, but do they really have to be those features? Will we even know why said look was chosen when the movie comes out? So many questions!

Futuristic council meets in... No wait, this is a concept sketch for a new UN building!

Futuristic council meets in… No wait, this is a concept sketch for a new UN building!

Then there’s our “council members” call. They’re either Capitol or District 13 council, though we’re guessing District 13 since the call specifically states that anyone applying should be pale. They ask that everyone be Caucasian as well, which we don’t love. But it makes us wonder if the film is trying to give this council a creepy Aryan sort of feel.

The last call also asks for “character faces”, which kills us every time. They try to make it sound like a compliment. Let’s just be honest! Say the company wants people who look a little offbeat, so they’ll stick out in a crowd. It’s like when we used to watch America’s Next Top Model way back in the day and Tyra Banks told contestants “You have such an interesting face! Such big eyes and such awkward angles!” Uhhhh… what?

We knew there would be some additions with Mockingjay being split in two, so at least this is gives us a better idea. Now create an extra role we would be good for, dammit!

CLC Probably Has Us On A Special Super Secret Blacklist,
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The Hunger Games Cosplay Character Crisis

Effie Trinket may be one of the most cosplay-able characters in the world. Got bright hair, frilly dress, outrageous accessories, and an excess of makeup? BOOM! EFFIE! You can do it a million times and never look quite the same, yet still be distinctly Effie.

Effie, Effie, Effie!

Effie, Effie, Effie!

Which is why we’re not totally surprised that when the a Hunger Games Capitol cosplay contest cropped up in the UK, it essentially turned into “the running of the Effies”! Girls. Guys. EVERYONE got their Effie on. It was originally thought to be a fan gathering, but later reports specified that our cosplayers were in it to win tickets to the Mockingjay: Part 1 premiere.

Two things crossed our minds:
1) Wait… They’re already doing premiere giveaways in the UK?!
2) Why does the Capitol always get the cosplay love?

Sure, the Capitol is a little more fun and sparkly. And as mentioned, it’s essentially the easiest. Katniss either in The Hunger Games arena outfit or midway through her Mockingjay dress transformation seems to be in second place. But a badass rendition of ANY Hunger Games cosplay is appreciated.

Remember the Caesar Flickerman cosplay at Comic Con that was so good, not-so-obsessed fans actually thought he was Stanley Tucci? Or that time Kristen Bell admitted she and husband Dax Shepherd were Clove and Cato one Halloween? Why can’t we get some more of that?!

OMG LOOK!  A Peeta!

OMG LOOK! A Peeta!

Why does NO ONE cosplay Haymitch?! You get to act drunk all day, perhaps even BE DRUNK, depending on your circumstances! Why is Peeta so underutilized? He got dressed up in Capitol outfits too! Even our lovely Finnick and Johanna don’t get enough cosplay love.

Seriously, we’d be far more impressed with anyone willing to venture into these characters than just another Effie. It takes a little more planning, but it also makes a bigger impression. We love anyone who’s willing to play up The Hunger Games! We just want to see the character love spread.

So there’s our dare to you, convention attendees of the world!
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How Peeta Mellark Won The Capitol (Sort Of)

This post actually comes after a request! Carrie emailed us to see what we thought of The Capitol’s perception of Peeta, which is a damn good question. She also said she didn’t feel comfortable writing a post because she’s not “a Hunger Games scholar” (implying that we are, which is both adorable and HILARIOUS).

Winning Capitol hearts...

Winning Capitol hearts…

Let’s start off by saying this: There is noooooo easy answer. Capitol views of Peeta are both positive and negative, depending on the time and the circumstances and the people involved.

In the beginning, it’s easy for everyone in the Capitol to love Peeta. He’s sweet, quick-witted, and appears to be a hopeless romantic. The star-crossed lovers routine he masterminded is insanely popular, so even Snow and the Gamemakers appreciate him. There’s a temporary usefulness they see in him, because citizens would be saddened by his death, but they weren’t going to turn around and overrun the games because of it. His death probably wouldn’t have even caused a Rue-like uprising, just a collective “Oh, that’s a bummer!” He’s a convenient element of the show. That is, until the berries. The Capitol audiences love him even more– What a special ending! What romance! What showmanship!– but Snow certainly ain’t drinking that kool-aid!

Peeta takes part in that berries ploy, too, but it wasn’t his idea. He’s got Snow’s attention just as much as Katniss, but he’s not seen as the threat. Snow sees straight through both Katniss and Peeta’s different intentions, sees Peeta’s genuine affection for Katniss and his almost comfortable life in District 12 that he probably doesn’t want to lose, and thinks “How can I use this?” Note that Peeta isn’t the one Snow needs to threaten into compliance before the Victory Tour.

... Aaaaand then crumbling the constructs of their society. NBD.

… Aaaaand then slowly breaking down the constructs of their society. NBD.

We’ve said before that Peeta has a gift for words, but Katniss has a gift for action. Great speakers have really positive effects on people. The Capitol wants to live vicariously through his words. They want to understand him. They want to believe in what he has to say. But action really gets attention. While the Capitol is really fond of Peeta, it’s the “DAMN! Did you just see that?! I LOVE HER!” response to Katniss Everdeen that really catches their attention and poses a threat to Snow. Words can be reshaped and spun in ways bold actions cannot. Though Peeta causes some trouble with his public speaking engagements in Catching Fire, stirring the districts into uprising and getting Capitol audiences to finally take some issue with The Quarter Quell, it’s nothing that can’t be contained. In fact, his speeches are ultimately what saves his life.

Snow knows that The Capitol still has a very favorable opinion of the star-crossed lovers from District 12 after the clock arena’s destruction. With the acquisition of Peeta, Snow can leverage Peeta’s feelings for Katniss and loyalty to others involved in The Rebellion to get what he wants. Peeta is forced to spin the story in The Capitol’s favor in propaganda across Panem, talking about how Katniss has been brainwashed and Rebellion is not worth it. Snow gets comfortable in the concept that Peeta would never become a threat. He’s more of a puppet. Of course, we know Snow is wrong for two reasons:
1) Peeta does what Snow says, but only after being ruthlessly beaten. He makes his shaken state obvious throughout his segments, giving audiences the subtle message that all is not as it seems.
2) When he realizes that Snow is out to kill the others no matter what he does, Peeta busts open his plan on national television to save the lives of the people in District 13. His thanks is a good ol’ hijacking.

Snow and The Capitol continuously underestimate Peeta. They think he’s the weak link and maybe, at first, he is softer than Katniss. What they don’t count on is the different kind of strength he possesses. He stands up to the Capitol in systematical ways that convince people that the government is deceptive without putting on a big show. He recovers from a brainwashing most people never do because he’s got some serious mental fortitude. And even in the end, when Katniss Everdeen has been labeled a deeply disturbed byproduct of war, the truth of Peeta Mellark’s troubles remains mostly under wraps and it’s likely Panem audiences are still quite smitten with him.

Snow never even saw it coming.

Essentially, Peeta Wins The “Most Popular” Superlative In The Capitol Yearbook,
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