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Robert Roten’s “Laramie Movie Scope: The Hunger Games…” Kills Softly

In response to Robert Roten’s 1000‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Laramie Movie Scope

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At first glance, there is nothing out of the ordinary about “Laramie Movie Scope: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | After a slow start, hunger games catches fire” by author Robert Roten. It’s simply another critical assessment by another critical author. There is no clever phrasing to catch the eye, no deep emotional palatability, no rich, lush world to get sucked into. It’s simply a well-organized, thoroughly-researched, analytical assessment. No big whoop.

But upon closer inspection, there is a heartbeat here—a unique tone only Roten can convey. And it suits the author’s style perfectly. Good writers allow some of their own personality to leak into the text. It’s nothing one necessarily can identify by singling out certain words or phrases; it’s how the entire piece sounds as a whole. Something about the flow that is unique as a fingerprint. This is what the author transcribes here, and what makes the piece so endearing. One gets the sense that there is a laid-back person behind the scenes; one that is grounded and aware, and owns that style consistently throughout their work. From that standpoint, his offering delivers a synopsis that adequately surmises the premise sans, and indeed without the need for, fancy words, boisterous jabs, or overly-alliterative vocabulary.

Of special note is the common sense approach by which the author observes his subject. Roten identifies one thing in particular, something that seems painfully obvious after the fact, that puts the plausibility of the entire plot in question. And were it not for his ability to see where others cannot, it would likely remain hidden indefinitely.

He doesn’t look through rose tinted glasses, or judge based on preconceived notions. He simply accepts the material on its own merits, for better or worse. In fact, aside from a handful of aspects that require elaboration for the sake of continuity, this piece is its own unique entity.

It takes an extraordinary kind of person to sound so ordinary, all the while working their mojo on an unsuspecting audience. And in the end, the reader will find themselves enlightened and informed more than they thought possible. Indeed, they will realize that the inconspicuous, run-of-the-mill, common literary text they stumbled upon is anything but ordinary.    

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