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Ethan Alter’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Spoils the Childe

In response to Ethan Alter’s 1532‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Television Without Pity

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While no one would accuse Ethan Alter (or Suzanne Collins, for that matter) of being in his league, Lord Byron, in his epic poem, ‘Childe Harold’, must have been inhabiting the formers’ subconscious as they describe a similar journey from former relative happiness to being tested via various foreign travails.  While Harold’s were seemingly voluntary self-testings, Katniss Everdeen’s most certainly are not.

As Byron said: “I awoke one morning and found myself famous.”  So, too, did Ms. Collins, and, as Alter makes powerfully clear, so did Ms. Jennifer Lawrence, a. k. a. Katniss.

Although in the worst font and size, what Alter has to offer may rightly alter its beholders’ view of this budding franchise by the wannabee Collins as Byronic pretender.

A keen observer of cinematic sequels (and their often dashed expectations), Alter hooks the reader with an impeccable nomination of Ian Fleming’s ‘From Russia with Love’ as the gold standard in the ‘rarefied’ realm of surpassing sequels.

So, too, Alter unveils the subtle workmanship of the unseen artisans, director and screenwriters, insofar as his take on the true-to-life slums of privation expositions which set up the ultimate action.  And, as with the indispensable Sean Connery for the paragon of all sequelized franchises, Alter makes compelling just how riveting the golden Jennifer Lawrence is upon a (merely) silver screen, populated by necessarily lesser—despite their apparent lofty roles—suitors, and exploiters.  And, so, Alter rises to the challenge of deconstructing a child-like heroin as a sum greater than her (lesser) parts.    

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