Josh Hutcherson, keeping the Everlark dream alive since 2011.
Josh’s interview with Ryan Seacrest on Katniss & Peeta’s relationship.
Ryan: Fans want to know about this Peeta/Katniss relationship? Does it develop in Catching Fire in a way to have me on the edge of my fabric seat in the theater?
Josh: Absolutely… absolutely.
Ryan: Does she break your heart?
Josh: Well I can’t divulge any plot details but um it’s up and down. Katniss and Peeta’s relationship is complicated and it has a lot of little things that has to work out. It’s good. I think people will be very very satisfied.
Josh telling Seacrest that we will be satisfied with Everlark and that makes me happy :)
Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of The Hunger Games cast will be once again gracing the screens of AMC Theatres across America next month. From July 15th - 17th ‘The Hunger Games’ will be screened across the country and all proceeds will be donated to charity!
To find out all the details, click here.
Some people have expressed that they don’t believe Peeta is a pacifist in response to the page I posted today. First off, thanks for taking the time to look at my work, and I love any and all discussion it may elicit. I would like to attempt to describe my intended message with today’s page:
I don’t think Peeta is a pacifist, per se. I think he is an inordinately kind, gentle person, but he even says himself that he would kill if necessary in the first book. If it came down to it, I’m sure Peeta would fight more violently than we are shown in the books if he had to, but he’s often surrounded by more skilled fighters on his side, and he’s wise and eloquent enough to often manipulate events in his favor without the use of force. Events often transpire in such a way that prevent him from being in a situation where he can’t find another way out.
He engaged Cato in combat after the tracker jackers. He wrestled with him on the cornucopia. He indicated where Katniss could shoot and not be obstructed by his body armor. PEETA pushed Cato off the Cornucopia and into the pack of mutts. He tussled with Brutus at the end of the Quell. I’m sure there are more examples, and I am very cognizant that his hands are not pristine and bloodless after the games.
The comic I’m working on is meant to illustrate parallels between the fairytale, “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” and THG trilogy (as part of a challenge on another tumblr page.) My aim with this page was more to show him enduring hardship and maintaining his sense of self without succumbing to the pressures of the world in which he lives, therefore proving him ’steadfast.’ (That’s where the bread scene, the snow scene, and the locket scene came in).
To parallel the fairy tale, I also needed to do show a separation from his peers, much as the tin soldier is separated from his more able-bodied compatriots. In the story, it’s not his missing leg that ultimately sets him apart from the other toy soldiers, it’s his caring for the ballerina’s welfare, and his unyielding fortitude in the face of the perils he is subjected to. The story is one about choosing compassion instead of a soldier’s lot and enduring hardship because of it. It’s not a perfect comparison to THG, but I think it applies to Peeta fairly well (hence, the comic.) I believe a separation between Peeta and the other victors does exist.
One of the better examples of this is during the Quarter Quell, when Katniss and Finnick actually discuss that he’s different from the rest of them, even going as far to call him “better.“ There are many ways in which Peeta is a compelling, remarkable character, and one that they seem to recognize is that his natural response in the arena is not to go into survival-mode and engage in melee combat as readily as they do. It is emphasized that he is less prone to use force, go on the attack, or battle as effectively as the others. That is not the only thing that distinguishes Peeta in their eyes, and that does not mean he’s an all-out pacifist. However, I think it’s not misrepresenting his character in any way to describe him as more reluctant to fight than most of the other victors.
He does choose violence last, in my opinion, instead favoring other methods: charm, appeal, charisma, lies, manipulation, kindness, humor, etc. He’s masterful at navigating the treacherous situations they find themselves in without violence, and that, to me, is one of the most appealing things about him.
When I described him as being ‘inherently unsuited for warfare,’ I didn’t mean he wouldn’t or couldn’t fight, or kill. I meant that the entire fabric of his personality was better suited for other things, things more momentous and complex than simple combat, like strategizing, swaying public opinion, subtly influencing people. And someone who recognizes their own abilities in these areas would not lend themselves immediately or readily to the brutality and senselessness of a death match, as we see in the books, not when they can get results more effectively without resorting to such extremes. I think it’s safe to say that he ‘has no taste for battle.’ That still isn’t stating that he absolutely wouldn’t battle.
In that same panel, where he’s surrounded by silhouetted warriors, they all carry their preferred weapon, colored gold. I say he’s ’not proficient with a weapon’ in the traditional sense, like Katniss is with a bow (although her true weapon, her appeal to the people, is also pictured in the mocking jay pin on her silhouette). He has no specialty, and has not chosen a melee weapon to favor. I actually have pictured him with his weapon of choice during the Quell: the locket. The locket is designed to elicit a very specific response out of Katniss to help Peeta win the Hunger Games. Katniss is a much better fighter than he is, and his best chance of getting her out alive (which for him, is winning), is to incite her own will to survive at any cost. His weapon is just more subtle and complex, like all his methods of dealing with the Capitol.
I was hoping to emphasize his distaste for combat, his preference of a different approach, not necessarily a complete rejection of physical conflict, but it seems I did not accomplish that. Had I meant ‘he refused to fight’, or ‘would not do harm to another,’ or ‘couldn’t hurt a fly,’ etc., I would have written that. There is very little space for wording in comic panels, and I actually agonized over the wording I did use, trying to convey the thoughts above as concisely as possible. It’s probably impossible to squish the comparisons I mean to draw into a few sentences without also making allusions I don’t mean to.
I’ll try to be especially careful with how I say things in future panels, but I really wanted to reference Katniss and Finnick’s observations from Catching Fire about Peeta while fulfilling the ‘steadfast soldier was different from the other soldiers’ in the fairy tale. I am fully aware that he was not calling for a ceasefire between the victors during the Quell, or standing on principle and not fighting.
I stand by my description of him as a gentle, patient person who ultimately responds to the world with love when possible. I think that is an apt (though in no way complete) description of Peeta, and I hope that doesn’t automatically make him sound like a simplistic, sugar-coated paragon of goodness(that is not how I see pacifists, that’s just how I see Peeta characterized all too often). If that’s the impression the comic page gives, I am sorely disappointed, as I do not like depictions of him as the perfect, golden martyr who can do no wrong and functions as a long-suffering doormat for Katniss’ whims. That’s not Peeta to me.
Anyways, I am appreciative of anyone generous enough to take the time to look at my work, and wanted to explain my (unfulfilled?) intentions with this page of my comic.
Disagree? Want to add something? Comment away!
I love your comics! great job with them! :)
I understand why people are uncomfortable with Peeta being labeled as a pacifist, but I personally don’t mind if Peeta is called one. Maybe it’s because I have a pragmatic view on pacifism (or maybe my understanding of pacifism is simply flat out incorrect), but to me a pacifist is not someone who is weak or have no desire to fight, takes a seat at the sidelines or naively believes things can be easily solved if we just give peace a chance. Like I mentioned before, I believe being pacifist doesn’t exempt someone from violence and war just coz he/she have certain moral views against using violence or engaging in warfare to achieve an end. Most importantly, being pacifist for me is employing all other means to resolve conflict first and using violence only as a last resort. I think Peeta is all that, and it doesn’t impeach his strength, bravery and resilience, but it doesn’t make him a saint, either. He just chooses to do things differently, even if it’s not mainstream.