March 19, 2012, - 1:34 pm

“The Hunger Games”: Hollywood Markets Sick “Twilight” Killing Spree w/ She-Man Heroine, Girlie-Men

By Debbie Schlussel

Later today, I’ll be attending a critics’ screening of “The Hunger Games,” the much ballyhooed silver screen version of the best-selling “Young Adult” book series.  I put “Young Adult” in quotation marks because the books are about a sick, violent vision of the future in which young people are selected to kill each other once a month, with only one survivor.  When you teach teens that the future is dark, that fantasy should be dark, they’ll act and think dark in real life.  Makes the “Twilight” contest between two girlie-men over a sullen chick sound like child’s play, huh?

Some are saying this is the new “Twilight,” and the movie is expected to garner a $100 million-plus opening when the movie debuts at Midnight Thursday Night/Friday Morning.  But, to me, this sounds like just a more violent remix of “Twilight.”  I’ve written that the Twilight movies are just about a girl who is the man and two “men” who are the chicks fighting over her with their sensitive sides.  This looks like more of the same, with a “valiant” she-man chick as the heroine and the two men, with girlie-sounding names, “Gale” and “Peeta,” as the male chicks fighting over her. Her name is even more manly than theirs:  Katniss Everdeen.  The actress playing her, Jennifer Lawrence, is, in many ways, far more masculine than the carefully waxed, manicured, moussed, and gelled “guys” who play her romantic suitors, Liam Hemsworth (Miley Cyrus’ boytoy) and  Josh Hutcherson.  But, hey, they are suitable arm candy, the role women once played in movies like this.

And Hollywood is working overtime to market this to guys.  It’s sad.  We’ve already conditioned young men and 20-somethings to be slacker boys living at home with the parents.  Now, we’re conditioning them in movies, more and more, to assume the role of the gushing, shrieking girls to a woman far more masculine than they are in a violent setting.  Awwww.  How cute.  What ever happened to the movies where the guy is the hero with two hot chicks fighting over him?  It’s basically true to call it a passe trend.  The roles have been reversed in so many hard-to-believe movies, I’ve lost count.

Check out how the movie is being marketed to lull men-in-development into girlie-mandom and submission:

For the producers behind “The Hunger Games,” a movie based on a young-adult novel about a teenage girl fighting for survival and struggling with a love triangle, the guys matter.


The movie doesn’t open until March 23, but soothsayers are already predicting an opening-weekend gross in excess of $100 million. Barclays Capital estimates that the movie will generate $275 million domestically, on par with the most recent installment of the “Twilight” series. The studio, Lionsgate, is hoping to launch a multibillion-dollar franchise. Expectations have already sent its stock price soaring.

To avoid falling short of such lofty predictions, Lionsgate has been picking its way through a minefield of gender issues: reeling in male moviegoers without alienating core female fans. But male audiences, long the driver of blockbuster openings, have proved increasingly fickle as they divide their attention with videogames and other diversions.

Set in a dystopian future, “The Hunger Games” centers on Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who is called upon to fight 23 other teens to the death in a twisted annual survival competition that is televised to the nation of Panem. The quick pace, strong characters and blood sport of author Suzanne Collins’s trilogy helped attract a robust male readership. . . .

From the start, the books were aimed at a crossover audience. The publisher, Scholastic, considered dozens of cover designs, including portraits of Katniss, before settling on a more “iconic” image of a bird pendant that plays a role in the story, said Rachel Coun, Scholastic’s executive director of marketing. When the book was first released, young male readers were targeted with a promotional videogame online. . . .

Some guys could be turned off by the perception that female cult fandom has sprung up around the movie, reinforced by the boisterous crowds—predominately girls—that have gathered at malls where “Hunger Games” cast members have appeared on a promotional tour. The mall strategy is pure “Twilight.” . . .

Says Vincent Bruzzese, president of Ipsos MediaCT’s Motion Picture Group, which does market research for movie studios and filmmakers: “What they are doing is marketing the archetypal themes that are gender-neutral.” Mr. Bruzzese says young men will watch action heroines.

Uh-huh, heroes are no longer male onscreen. They are “gender neutral,” which is code for: they’re women. Far too many guys have already assumed the position of Lois Lane, Veronica, and Betty (not to mention, Jughead). I know: I’m dating myself with these references, as fans of these flicks probably never heard of any of these characters, none of whom is tough and unfeminine enough for them. And this movie won’t help things.

If you don’t think that Hollywood and pop culture are shaping American males and teaching them how not to be men, you haven’t been paying attention.

And as I always say, not a single matriarchy in history has succeeded. Not one has lasted.

We are fooling ourselves in programming the genders for one.

Stay tuned for my review of the movie on Friday. In the meantime, watch the trailer (which they won’t allow anyone to embed from YouTube).

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My guess: the media is WAY overselling this book’s appeal to males. Really, the comparison with “Twilight” is not ideal, because “Twilight” always was acknowledged as a female-driven phenomenon, so the feminists – both who can be of any sex, though not necessarily of any sexual preference – claimed that men disliked “Twilight” because it empowered women: that Bella was a role model and it gave women power over the box office (i.e. which films get made and don’t) that men wanted to keep for themselves. (I am not making this up. Real, living breathing critics said this.)

I say that the audience for this movie will be overwhelmingly female, and the males will either be dads/husbands/boyfriends dragged to it, those duped by the advertising campaign, or liberal feminist men. The latter group does include those attracted to the movie primarily because of its political agenda. In addition to – or more accurately because of – being feminist, the movie is about the class struggle. The oppressive government is fascist run by evil white guys (as personified by President Snow) who hoard all the wealth and power to the benefit of a tiny minority, and leave everybody else with just enough to live and work to create the opulence for the upper class. (I have already counted several mainstream media references to them as “the 1%” and claiming that the movie and books are accurate depictions of what is going on in this country.) Katniss leading a successful (bloody, violent, Che Guevara/Mao Tse Tung/Viet Cong style) coup against this government is feminism overcoming the male power structure.

The author of this book simply did a good job of not making it TOO anti-male in order to blunt criticism and hopefully win a few men over. So, Katniss didn’t set out to be a feminist conquerer, but was only trying to feed her family (necessary because her father was conveniently killed in one of the capitalist pig’s mines) and entered the games in the place of and to save the life of her sister (who had “no chance to survive” because of not being sufficiently feminist) sister. The purpose of the “love triangle” thing is – other than a plot device to keep readers interested and to humanize this otherwise very unlikable character – “see, she DOES like guys” (so long as they are inferior to her in every way and attracted to her for reasons unrelated to her femininity of course)! I guess feminists have realized that being overtly anti-male was counterproductive to their PR purposes and have switched tactics.

I have real doubts that this will be the blockbuster that the media is predicting (and trying to help generate). They spent over a year predicting that “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” was going to be this monster hit and huge phenomenon only to be shocked, SHOCKED when it went bust. It will likely make money but nothing more, and then the media will claim that its failure to meet their hopes was due to the male sexist pigs refusing to participate in their own marginalization. I just hope that conservatives don’t drive ticket sales for this movie by criticizing it.

Gerald on March 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I’d have liked the movie if it was about Islam. But Hollywood won’t make it.

    Now, I’d don’t mind a heroine but the vampire genre has been done to death with Buffy. The rest is merely a pale imitation of the original.

    We’re gonna do the girl saves the world theme again? Its gotten stale.

    You’d think Hollywood would have come up with something new.

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Right is always Wrong on March 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Lookit dumbass, if you have nothing important, intellegent, and substinate to bring to the table then don’t comment here, got it!

    Did you read the whole article? No you didn’t read the artilce, you only read one or two lines and made you’re conclusions. You moron, show me where in this article that DS is attacking gay people (FYI stupid, one of Debbie’s relatives is gay, so explain to me how she’s anti-LGBT people)? I didn’t remember seeing or reading anything like that in this article, so you really need to improve on you’re reading comphrension skills.

    As I’ve said in the past about you’re sorry-ass, I’m assuming you’re IQ is between 40-50 and also have a mental deficiency and need alot of help!

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on March 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    God, you are a pathetic, little creep!! The men today ARE being neuterd and emasculated by the radical lesbian feminazi movement and the ultra anti-american vile homosexual lobby! Unfortunately for radical sociopaths like you, you’ll never get away withyour heinous extremist radical lefft-wing goals because every day more and more ordinary Americans arre waking up to the evils of rampant liberal extremism!! Oh by the way, you stupid jerkoff, right is always right and LEFT IS ALWAYS WRONG!!!!

    Dave on March 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm

The ‘Katniss Everdeen’ name is indeed of the character; the name of the (ahem) actress who plays her is Jennifer Lawrence. Among her credits prior to this sick exercise was MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16″; “Winter’s Bone”; and the Jodie Foster-directed “The Beaver” which starred everybody’s favorite Jewish advocate (not!), Mel Gibson.

ConcernedPatriot on March 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Debbie got the name of the actress and the character mixed up.

    That said, “People” ran a cover on Jennifer Lawrence. A big movie like this usually means stardom.

    Whatever the merits of the movie are, the one thing for sure is this young woman will be a big star in the future.

    NormanF on March 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm

That’s right Right “Girlie Men”!

Hollywood on March 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Deb, Have you actually read the book? i read it and i think it is a critique of big government. Also, the guys in the book, particularly Peeta, are not protrayed as her wingmen, more like partners, in fact Peeta’s goal is to protect Katniss, he comes off as sensitive, but not a sissy boy. She is not protrayed as a She-man in the book either, more like a fill-in parent who has to care for her sister when her dad dies and mom goes cataconic for awhile. Luckily her dad taught her to hunt (breaking the laws against hunting, does that sound like a voice against conservatism?), so she is able to provide meat for her family an dother items by trading her catches on the black market (pro free enterprise). I don’t know what hollywierd will do to the storyline, but I recommend reading the book and forming your own opinion from it.

Dave on March 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Debbie,

I wonder if the girlie president Barack has a cameo role in this flick? Maybe the one throwing the first pitch, or the one riding the girls bike with a plastic helmet, or the basketball interview, etc.

This movie may be a case of art imitating life. Who knows?

I will have to read your review.

Panhandle on March 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Male heroes are rare nowadays. So are thrillers with male leads. I watched on YouTube last week the Russian thriller, “17 Moments Of Spring.” Superb acting, great casting and telling a riveting story from start to finish without any gore, extreme violence or sex. No one knows how to tell a story about a strong, quiet male hero anymore. Its a lost art.

That’s how much the culture has changed in the last 40 years or so.

NormanF on March 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Dave:

The movie is not against “big government.” It is against fascism. The left will make movies against fascist regimes all day long. “V For Vendetta” and “The Matrix” trilogy, by the avowed Marxist Wachowski brothers (they gave Cornel West a cameo, and the soundtrack for the first film included songs by Rage Against the Machine!) were against fascist governments. The dystopian feminist movie “A Handmaid’s Tale” was also against fascism. There are plenty of other examples. They want big government – so long as the government is socialist as opposed to fascist.

So, the government in “The Hunger Games” is evil because it maintains and defends an oligarchy. The individual liberty and economic freedoms that it suppresses are because it is against the interests of that oligarchy. Yes, the state in this film banned hunting, but Nazi Germany advocated gun control too.

“Also, the guys in the book, particularly Peeta, are not protrayed as her wingmen, more like partners, in fact Peeta’s goal is to protect Katniss, he comes off as sensitive, but not a sissy boy.”

Yeah, and Jacob’s goal in “Twilight” was to protect Bella. Remember: feminists want guys on their side too, and the way to do that is to make being a feminized male DESIRABLE. That is why movies often depict metrosexual men as upper class/successful, in excellent physical condition, and with armies of gorgeous women throwing themselves at them. It would be one thing if the males were actually depicted as equals, but they aren’t. They’re just her helpers in her war against the patriarchy, no different from liberal Democrat male politicians and judges who enact feminist legislation and hand down feminist court rulings. Any competence on the part of the guys in the book only serves to make them better advocates for Katniss and her agenda (and ultimately the agenda of the feminist writer of the novels). It is similar to how the bad female characters – and they do exist – are simply not down with “the sisterhood.” They are bad because they – knowingly or unknowingly – aid the agenda of the oppressive ruling class (making them the equivalent of Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman I suppose).

Just because the feminists have gotten better at their propaganda doesn’t change the fact that it is feminist propaganda.

Gerald on March 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I’m not that old, and I certainly remember Betty, Veronica, and Jughead, as well as the equally masculine though morally differing Archie and Reggie… Of course I wouldn’t say I was one of many kids reading Archie comics in the 90s.

Of course, not even those can be looked up to as a bastion of traditional values anymore. It may have taken longer for the leftists to creep into there and undermine the comic, but they certainly have. From the news reports I’ve read, what’s been going on in that universe over the past decade is simply tragic.

Brian R. on March 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm

This is not like Twilight, the men do not fight over their love for the chick and she is not Rambo in a pink head band. I think you are reading too much into this and trying to find something that is not there.

Time Wave on March 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I see that “Right is Wrong” is one of the Nazi-Leftists that is just itching to turn Biblical Christianity into a “hate crime.” Bring it on Nazis. As for the movie, this kiddie show doesn’t interest me one iota. I guess that’s another thing you can add to the list that shows the death-knell of our society: Women who want men that are in Rush’s words, “the new castrati.”

Daniel Middleman on March 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Dave, you think a Socialist government isn’t a Fascist government? You are dead-wrong. It sounds like you are buying into what the left-wing “history” books are selling. Socialism is Fascism. The Left conveniently rewrote history and now the Right are the “Fascist.” All liberal lies. Hitler and Mussolini. Both Leftists. Both Fascists. The progenitors of all of the modern-day Left-wing Nazis. Read Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism and get deprogrammed.

Daniel Middleman on March 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Excellent point Daniel.
    Hollywood and the liberal media has done an excellent job of rewriting history to hide the FACT that Hitler was a socialist.
    NAZI is the German acronym for National Socialist Party.
    Yet somehow today the majority of people think that Hitler was a right wing prototype of Ronald Reagan.
    Hitler was pro-government health care, pro-gun control, a radical environmentalist, big government redistribution of wealth and supported just about every left wing cause you can think of.
    About the only right wing things he ever did was he was for a strong military and was against abortion. And both of those issues have lots of supporters both right and left.
    Hitler and Obama have a lot more common causes than Hitler and Reagan ever did.

    smg45acp on March 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Sorry Dave, I meant that for Gerald.

Daniel Middleman on March 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Your description of this movie reminds me of another movie,this one Japanese. It’s called “Battle Royale” and basically,it’s about a group of high school students who are taken to an island and forced to kill each other. This movie caused a lot of controversy in Japan and other places where it was shown.
Until recently,it wasn’t shown here,due to the original studio wanting too much money. Hollywood even tried to remake this,but the Virginia Tech shooting destroyed those plans. I doubt you would have liked that one.

Ghostwriter on March 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm

LOL. “Left Is Always Wrong” is in a catatonic gay trance again. What a homophobe! So obsessed with the gays.

Women are naggy and horrible in 2012 because they have become nasty sorts who are never happy and hard to please. They have adopted the worst part of men’s behaviour they one time hated.

They thought they wanted to wear the pants in love relationships but have found out, much to their chagrin, that a feminized man is NOT a sexy man. (Nor is a domineering female!)

They have found out that having a guy use you as a sex object (and sometimes knocking one up) but NOT respecting you enough to marry you is a pathetic and horrible thing. (Nothing is more unsexy than a single mum…but for a good reason).

They have found out it is pathetic to have to pay your boyfriend’s way because he’s one of THOSE…who does not care to feel and act like a real man and actually pay his own way or even have a job.

They have found out that a “Momoni” living with his Mama and Daddy even after the age of 20 is NOT sexy.

They have found out that although we women do love our gay male friends, we find it an absolute turn-off when a heterosexual is girly and weak.

Watch a week of “Judge Judy” and tell me if women have it made post-feminist movement (with all the dumb broads suing their “exes” because he sucked every dollar out of them)?

PUH-LEEZE. Women are a frauds. The ones who love their abortion as birth control, the ones who have kids and then hire nannies and/or enroll their babies into day care have taken it way too far and beyond the pale.

As a former feminist, NOTHING irks me more than these fake Hollywood stories showing females kicking males’ asses. Once upon a time I lived for them but they are NOT REAL and I live in realityville now. I have accepted that men are physically stronger, rule the world better, play tennis more intensely and have vast, vast differences than females when it comes to biological drives.

Plus, after the early 90′s IF women were so much better than men the world of pornography would have dried up. It thrives and lives because of the women who star in the movies and make the movies. Every dirt-bag male has a stupid female behind him.

Women are NOT better than men and they lie when they say they don’t live for men and love and need their men (look what they put up with when they are with dirt-bag men). But unfortunately, they have become nags and brutes to their men and they sell themselves cheap when they act like unpaid whores in 2012. Then when they get married to the men they forget about them and treat the men like hired help.

Skunky on March 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Skunky knows a lot about Girlie-Men…

    Being one “herself” of course…

    Can’t wait to see “her”, or should I say it’s, next retort…

    transgendered-nonanonymous on March 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm

While I think you’re being too tough on Jennifer Lawrence, I do agree with you about the spate of young men thrown up as being heartthrobs for teenage girls. Now I know that for adolescent girls there is this brief period of attraction of “soft” looking boys (i.e., Davy Jones, Shawn Cassidy), but if you use Hollywood as your guide, you’d never know that young women find “men” attractive.

But I digress . . . having never read a word of “The Hunger Games,” either its text of criticism of it, I don’t get it: it’s a post-apocalyptic America. A oligarchic state controls the districts and demands a tribute by having teenagers murder one another for their country’s amusement. Bread and circuses I suppose.

But what if the populace just said no? And why is this tribute so important? Will the gods become angry? What if the teenagers just refuse to kill one another? How does this murderous competition benefit the society? The victims come from the ranks of the populace.

This seems to be an artistic conceit without a point.

Also, Hollywood has put out movies aimed at young people about failed/amoral society for decades: “Logan’s Run,” “Soylent Green,” “Planet of the Apes,” etc.

There is nothing wrong with strong women film: part of “Halloween”‘s success was that Jamie Lee Curtis was not the stereotypical screaming, cowering teenager. Left alone, she fought to save her charges (why she ever dropped the butcher knife is beyond me, though). Hollywood’s biggest error is making heroines superheroines. Jennifer Lawrence’s character can train as hard as she wants, wear all the black leather that she wants, and look as steely-eyed as a gunfighter, and an out-of-shape truck driver will still toss her around like a rag doll.

gmartinz on March 19, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Its basically the Roman Empire’s “bread and circuses” retold albeit in a futuristic setting. The idea that pagan sacrifice of children is dead and buried isn’t true to any one who has been paying attention. Islam continues to exalt in child sacrifice.

    Debbie’s right the dystopian future of Panem is sick and violent. But that parallels what’s happening in our own world. Its all too easy to lose sight of the fact freedom is fragile and hangs by a hair’s thread. Our generation will be fortunate enough to keep it.

    The gender controversy aside, I think the points it raises are valid ones and in one form or another will always be with us. The point of people fighting for death for others’ sick entertainment has always repelled me but for every person who follows the herd unquestioningly, there will be the few who will take a stand on principle.

    Throughout history we have met real heroes. The question is whether there will be others in the future. And there are worse things than dying for one’s country.

    NormanF on March 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I’ve never really believed tiny females can throw around big, strong men. Its a movie fantasy.

Now the “inner beyotch” appeals to men in the sense that they like a self-confident woman. Nothing wrong with this at all.

But there’s much to be said for the argument that gender roles shouldn’t be mixed up. Muslims aren’t training men to be female eye candy or for women to run their societies. And the Amazons were just a myth.

Keep that in mind when you watch this movie, it may be all in good fun but don’t take it too seriously.

NormanF on March 20, 2012 at 12:59 am

It’s not the gays, it’s the fags. Wait. those are bundles of sticks or cigarettes, right? Oh,WTF, let’s talk about something else!
I got the first book, it sucks, I can’t seem to get past the first couple chapters. I only bought it so I could try to read between the lines about what our new world order scumbags are planning for us.
Hell, they can’t do anything right. They can’t read, can’t write, can’t govern, and probably can’t copulate.

RT on March 20, 2012 at 1:36 am

Years ago Holltwood was once a great enterprise and was pro-America. Today, it’s now Hollyweird and is most definitely anti-American with a vile, radical, socialist, leftist, neo-Marxist propaganda agenda!!! The good news is that each day more and more ordinary Americans are becoming aware of what the entertainment industry has become and are definitely REJECTING their radical ultra-leftist feminazi homosexual propaganda agenda!!

Dave on March 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm

If you folks want to watch interesting film work, check out the HP Lovecraft Historical Society’s movies: “The Call of Cthullu” and “The Whisperer in Darkness.” Nice silent black and white film stuff (though shot in the 2000s). Their website has all sorts of interesting stuff. As a psychiatrist, I’m thinking of having my wife get me an “Arkham Asylum” White Coat that I can wear for Halloween.

But for current films, I let Debbie screen them for the adult fare and the occasional child fare, and then run them through my wife’s screen of what interests her (usually not action stuff). As a result, I watch a LOT more Riff-Trax shorts than anything else.

I have no financial interest in Riff-Trax.com or the HPLHS.

Occam's Tool on March 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Sorry—”The Whisperer in Darkness” has sound.

Occam's Tool on March 20, 2012 at 6:48 pm

A minor point: isn’t the world of The Hunger Games: where crony capitalism rules, where the average American is starved and denied education and food,where only the Capitol of the country is doing well economically, and where idiotic, violent television dominates the cultural landscape, where real men are emasculated and families are frayed to the breaking point—isn’t this the world that Obama is doing his best to transfer America into?

That was my take on the novel when I looked at it. I could be wrong. Hollywood took the greatest Libertarian Novel of all time—Starship Troopers—and turned it into an apologia for fascism.

I hate Hollyweird.

Occam's Tool on March 20, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I read this whole article and it’s a LIE me and my daughter read all three books and I didn’t read anything that was in this article. The name”katniss” is a plant her father named her after its not masculine. I think these books teach survival skills and katniss and peeta didn’t want to kill people they only killed a couple of people and that was for self defense. Katniss killed the guy that killed rue because rue was just like her sister. I mean if your sister was killed would you sit there. No I would open a can of woop ass on them. She killed for all the right reasons. I don’t know what you read but I feel that it is perfectly fine for children of the ages 12 and up to see this movie. Gale and peeta aren’t fighting over katniss. They are all friends. I go to church I praise the lord and I don’t think this has nothing to do with disbelief in God. They just live in a world where president snow controls everyone. But the book says nothing about there being a god or not having one. So miss Debbie whatever go read the books and check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Mamabear on March 20, 2012 at 10:56 pm

The hunger games happen once a year, not once a month. Yes, Katniss is a stong female but she cannot survive without the male leads (nor they without her).

Honestly, just read the books. I only picked it up because my daughter wanted to read it and she’s still young enough that I read anything that might be innapropriate for her first. These novels are way too old for her (as is Twilight, which this is NOTHING like) so she’ll have to wait but I loved The Hunger Games. Can’t wait to see the movie.

WaltzingMtilda on March 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm

There is only one question I’d like to see answered…

Is “The Hunger Games” anti-Semitic?

I’m waiting for the answer.

The Reverend Jacques on March 21, 2012 at 2:38 am

They don’t go into the games once a month. They go once a year.

Mamabear on March 22, 2012 at 12:15 am

The Hunger Games are also modeled after the Minotaur legend. The famous story of Theseus says that King Minos invited Theseus to Crete to enter the mythical Labyrinth to be destroyed by the Minotaur – a fabled half bull-man. Theseus destroys the Minotaur instead and emerges from the Labyrinth triumphant a free man and a hero.

NormanF on March 22, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I may be almost as deaf as a doornail, but even I will recognize that Peeta is easily a modified phonetic version of… wait for it…wait for it…wait for it…Peter. I mean, what next, people mutilating Deborah into Debbie? THEY MUST BE PART OF THE RADICALIZATION OF AMERICA!

Gale Gordon and Gale Storm- both are long dead, but only one of them is female. Gale’s usage began as a male name (some say from Irish/OE/Scottish origin, some say derived from the Hebrew Abigail). Perhaps you’ve heard of Drew Barrymore and Drew Carey, or Spencer Tracy and Spencer Grammar. Tracy Morgan and Gene Kelly are wholly abominations and should never be spoken of because Oh Emm Gee someone might not know if they stand or sit to pee.

Kelly Slater- total pansy wussy world champion surfer.
Gale Sayers- absolutely crap hall of fame NFL player
Kristin Scott Thomas- sissy man or manly girl?
Lenny Moore- One letter away from being Jenny, so obviously NOT MACHO ENOUGH.
All Jose Marias- your wimpy religious naming traditions suck- MAN UP!

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of misconceptions and half-truths in your description of the Hunger Games before having seen the movie or read the book (rather jumping to conclusions like a liberal, no?), but you have a bizarre fetish when it comes to names.

Robert on March 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm

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