March 21, 2012

RTW: Favourite Literary Moment

Road Trip Wednesday is a 'Blog Carnival' where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic. 

This week's topic:
A long-awaited kiss, a surprise ending, a character's sudden decision...these are the moments that make us smile, gasp, and LOVE a book for the rest of our lives.

What is your favourite literary moment?

Seneca's Beard (!)*, this one's a toughie. There are many, let me tell you. One literary moment that stands out for sure (I was reminded of it by Beck Nicholas today) was THE moment in Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. If you've read it, you'll know what part I mean, and if you have yet to read it (seriously, what are you waiting for?) I haven't spoiled anything. Usually, my favourite moments in books are the romantic ones when the protag and his/her love interest finally get together. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a good kiss (ewww, that sounded gross the way I worded that there).

And so, because I can't really nail down just one, I'm going to go with the most relevant right now. I'm currently rereading The Hunger Games trilogy to buff up on my HG knowledge before the movie this weekend, and there are any number of moments to choose from in all three books. The berries. Rue. Peeta's first interview(!) with Caesar Flickerman. But for whatever reason, this is the scene that popped into my head when I read today's RTW topic:
"You here to finish me off, Sweetheart?"
***Caution: Spoilers ahead. Though, the fact that I have to say this makes me wonder if you've been living under a rock. Or buried in the mud... Seriously.***

The first time I read The Hunger Games, this part just made me squeal with glee (I refuse to use the word "squee"). Katniss and Peeta are finally reunited after getting separated from the start. And of course it leads right into The Cave Scene (which feels like it needs CAPS, an excess of exclamatory punctuation, stars, bolding, and underlining) which I absolutely loved. But ever since that first time reading it and stumbling across this particular image:


There is no way that I'll be able to read that scene now without snorting, without craving chocolate cake, and without seeing Peeta in a wholly unflattering, unsexy light. Awesome. Not that there's anything particularly hot about being buried in the mud, bleeding. Except after this weekend, I'm hoping these wacky and cakey images will be replaced permanently by a better one. One like this:

THAT'S what I'm talking about (in a total non-cougar way, I promise).
Completely non-RTW-related, but Hunger Games-related... I attempted to do the Katniss braid (aka a Dutch braid) in my hair before bed last night just to see if I could (read: because I'm just cheesy enough to consider wearing it that way to the movie). My hair is thicker than Jennifer Lawrence's so it doesn't look quite the same, but I think you get the idea. So I guess I succeeded in figuring out the braid, but also in giving myself a massive kink in my neck in the process, which is still painfully present this morning. Which really only emphasizes one thing: I'd definitely be the first one to drop and the first cannon-fire you'd hear if I was tossed in the arena.

Bah! Not quite, but close enough.

*I'm still trying to make the exclamation "Seneca's Beard!" happen. Have you seen that thing? It's like it's a character in and of itself.

45 comments:

  1. How on earth did you do that braid? I'd love to try it. Got a tutorial vid?

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    1. If you type in "Dutch braid tutorial" on YouTube there are tons of videos. You can even type in "Katniss' braid tutorial" and you'll gets tons of videos that way too. I'm so used to doing a regular French braid that it was really tough retraining my brain and my fingers to flip it out instead of in O_o

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  2. That braid is amazing. You should definitely wear it that way to the movie...I'm so excited for the movie...so many moments...so many tissues needed.

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    1. I'll see if I can't replicate it without ruining my neck again. That would not make for an enjoyable movie-viewing experience :) I was originally supposed to go to the movie on Friday, but my dad's quadruple bypass surgery ended up on that same day. Now my mom and I are going on Sunday instead, which feels like torture. I can't wait that long!

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  3. My heels are still firmly planted in the ground, refusing to go beyond THE HUNGER GAMES, at least until after Friday when I'm taking my oldest to see the movie. I see you're already on book 3. How are you finding the rest of the series? As good as Book 1, better, darker, worse..?

    Despite the fact I have 5 daughters, I'm still hopeless at braids. Thankfully, both my wife and my oldest daughter are quite adept with hair styling. :)

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    1. I've actually read all three books before, but this is only the second time that I'm reading Mockingjay. I plowed through it the day it came out and as a result I barely remember anything that happened in it. That's alright I guess. It'll just make this feel like the first time I'm reading it, right?

      If you, as a dude, were skilled at braids I'd be very surprised :D Unless your name was Cinna...

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  4. I would neeeever have the patience to braid my hair like that! It looks freaking awesome!

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    1. Thanks :D It was definitely challenging because I had to retrain my brain (I'm used to French braids that go inward and not outward). My neck hurts like a you-know-what still too O_o

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  5. Love the braid, and love the Peeta-in-the-mud moment! I'm so excited for this movie! I've been rereading the series, too, but I refuse to watch any previews. I want to be 100% surprised and in awe at the movie. But this little tidbit about Katniss' braid is great! I love doing new stuff with my hair; I'll have to watch a how-to on YouTube. Yours looks lovely! Good luck trying to find a way to do it without the neck pain! And I hope your father's surgery goes well!

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    1. I'm really surprised at how much they're actually showing before the movie comes out. I'm not sure if I can recall this much shown pre-movie with any other movie before. I've seen some, but I'm mostly avoiding them so as not to be spoiled on it. The braid needs a little work (needs to be a little lower and maybe a little looser), but I think I could get away with it. :D

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  6. Oh I heart the HG line. I'm re-reading before the movie too. I have tickets for the midnight showing (yes me and my friends are dorks but we love doing these they are so fun) so have to get going. I hope you have a better image after the movie too but hehe the cake was cute.

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    1. I'm so envious of everyone going to midnight showings. I have to wait until Sunday to see it. Ah well, at least I get to see it at all, right? Have fun with your friends and being dorks! :D

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  7. That braid is awesome! I'm so jealous of this!

    There are so many good moments in The Hunger Games, but I had a hard time thinking of them because I felt like the second and third books just weren't as good. Thanks for reminding me :)

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    1. Thanks :D In retrospect, I really should have gone with Peeta's first interview because that was probably the first really shocking thing. The mud scene was what popped into my head so I decided to go with it :D

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  8. Wish I had hair that thick and long to braid up. That was my favourite Peeta moment and had me in giggles. Can't wait to see him in the film all covered in mud and just lying there, all hidden except for those two eyes.

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    1. Thick hair makes doing hairstyles like this kind of difficult. Which is probably how I ended up with such a bad neck kink in the end lol. Whenever I read that line I always read it in my head in a really weird voice, for some reason. Like it should be said all old-timey and end with the word 'see'. Of course the person saying it would have a giant cigar in their mouth at the same time. Weird. :)

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    2. I heard that voice, too! A product of Looney Tune and other cartoons, I think.

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  9. Wow! That braid (and I first typed bread...and then it made me think of Peeta....ok back to the point) is AMAZING! You should totally wear your hair like this when you go see the movie, Jaime!

    "I'm a sucker for a good kiss" - Seneca´s Beard! I am too :D

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    1. Haha! That's a pretty appropriate typo :D I'll see if I can replicate the braid before the movie, only this time a little lower on my head, and hopefully without messing up my neck again.

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  10. Seneca's Beard! That braid is amazing! My hair doesn't do cool things. It just sort of sits there, being thinnish and cow-licky. I've come to embrace the toussled bed-head look on occassion, because that's the only moderately unboring way my hair can look.

    And yes. THE CAVE. I need to go back and reread so I can thoroughly enjoy every little morsel before the movie on Thursday (!!!) :)

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    1. I often wish my hair was a little bit thinner so that hairstyles like this would be easier to do. It took some time and that's probably why I hurt my neck O_o

      There are just so many Katniss/Peeta moments in those books :D

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  11. I'll join you in spreading "Seneca's Beard!" and I know I won't be seeing it at a midnight showing. I sort of turn into a pumpkin around 9 and am no use to anyone. We'll probably go Sunday afternoon.

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    1. Yeah, I might have a hard time staying up that late too. Though, with this movie it might not be as big of a challenge :)

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  12. Great moment you picked. And even with those weird pics, I'll still only think of Peeta in a totally hot, lying on the ground (like the pic of Josh Hutcherson) , kind of way. Also non-cougarish. Can't wait to see how The Cave plays out in the movie.

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    1. That scene is pretty special :) I'm really looking forward to the Cave scene.

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  13. I love the line, "You here to finish me off Sweetheart?" I think I just blushed. It honestly is so heartbreaking and funny and.....

    I hug you for reminding me of how much I love this scene (and Peeta).

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    1. You know, I forgot just how much I love Peeta as a character and as a love interest until re-reading the books again this past week or so. He's such a great character :D

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  14. Ooh, great choice! In the first book, my favorite moment is probably when she calls his name in the arena--I'm really hoping that it kicks as much butt in the movie as it does in my head. Chills!

    And I'm with everyone else on the braid! Love it!

    I'm taking my students to see it on Friday--which means that I'll miss parts but also that I'll get to watch them watch it--but I'll be sending good thoughts toward you and your dad!

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    1. Wow, that's cool that you're taking your students! Though, it does mean that you'll have to forego any Peeta catcalls during the movie :)

      Thanks for the bit about my dad too, we really appreciate it!

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  15. Well done on the braid! Go for it! But no popcorn at the movie theater....

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    1. Definitely no popcorn at the theater :) It's overpriced anyway, right? We'll see about the braid for the movie. I'll probably have difficulty replicating it or something, because that's how things usually work out lol.

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  16. Ah, that scene! Those cakes! Your braid! Basically, everything about this post is awesome. :)

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    1. Thanks, Meredith! I'm just way too excited about this movie, amplified by the fact that I'm rereading the trilogy. Ahh! I'm a HUNGER GAMES junkie :D

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  17. Will you make me a brain like that for the midnight showing tomorrow night?! ;) I can't even give myself a french braid!

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    1. It was hard, let me tell you! I had a really tough time maneuvering my fingers to actually do the braid, especially since they kept wanting to revert to the French braid which is opposite. Talk about a brain drain! I don't even want to talk about how sore my arms were after doing this lol :D

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  18. The Peeta cake is awesome. Thanks! I can't wait for the movie!!!

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    1. The Peeta cake totally cracks me up because it looks really cartoon-y and cheesy :D That's why I really need to shake the image before the movie and just enjoy J Hutch in all his Peeta-ish glory :)

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  19. It'll be interesting to see Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane! I love the braid so much! *steals hairstyle* Haha!

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    1. Is it weird that I totally find Seneca Crane kind of hot? I think I'm confusing Wes Bentley and his super rad beard with the jerk responsible for the arena in book 1. Gah! Why couldn't they make him ugly? :D As for the braid, steal away! There are tons of tutorials on YouTube, which is how I figured out how to do it.

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  20. We're doing the Katniss braids too! I can't wait. And my favorite heart-catching moments are mostly from Hunger Games too. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE!!!

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    1. Awesome (about the braids)! We're going to see it at a theatre in a fancy mall here, and I keep expecting to see a buttload of Katnisses flooding the mall that day (braids and all) :D

      I could list off so many points in those books that I'd call 'moments'. I'm just finishing up the trilogy again and it's still gripping after reading it multiple times :D

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  21. So jealous of your braid! I think I have unbraidable hair.
    HUNGER GAMES was full of so many awesome moments. I had to sit out this week's RTW because trying to pick one (or ten, even) favorite moment from a book was making my head explode.

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    1. Most hairstyles are difficult to do in my hair because it's so thick. I'm always envious of people with hair that is a little less bulky :)

      Yeah, it's pretty hard coming up with one single moment. That's why I opted for a kind of silly one. I could come up with hundreds more, but since it's HG season right now, I figured it was appropriate :D

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  22. NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and EEE!! you're making me so damned excited for this movie!!!

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  23. I STILL Haven't seen the movie! But I'm all anxious to go! I have read the book, and I loved that moment too - that and the kiss in the cave moment. Not a particular romance fan, but you'd have to be made of wood not to get a LITTLE affected by those two!

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