Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Katniss Does Not Approve

Would you spend thousands for these? Would Katniss?

             So, you love Hunger Games, you devoured the books, loved the movie, and swear by all things Katniss.  Great.  Does that mean you're willing to shell out $1000 dollars for a 14K gold Mockingjay pin?  I really and truly hope your answer is no.  Isn't a major theme of the book the consequences of opulence and over-the-top wealth?  Katniss and her family were starving, along with the majority of the Districts, just so the Capital could maintain Roman-like parties were they threw up just to consume more.  Somehow though, producers have absolutely missed the mark, and hope that wealthy and gullible Hunger Games fans will as well.
       Target is releasing a line of Hunger Games related trinkets in honor of dvd's August 21 release.  The line includes limited and ridiculously priced Mockingjay pins for $999 and a lithograph signed by members of the cast that will set a fan back $699.  Oh, and want to look like Katniss, snatch up a $349 replica of her jacket.    While I will give it to Target for selling less expensive items as well, I am horrified that the series would have such pricey items sold in its name.  At the same time, isn't it at least partially the fault of the consumers who purchase such overpriced hype?  Its not the first time Movie/Book tie in toys have made a killing (Yes, I am looking at you, ridiculously expensive $10 dollar chocolate frog from Harry Potter, you are expensive, but cheap compared to buying a wand or scarf).  The reality is, fans will spend money for their passions, including me.  I'm just not about to drop hundreds of dollars.  I understand that it is a business, but at the same time, as fans we need to have some self-respect and general respect for the value of a dollar.  You can spend a lot of money to look like your favorite heroine, but there is no way you'll be like her.  It's pretty hard to imagine Katniss Everdeen plunking down thousands of dollars for her own jacket and pin.  I don't know about you, but I'd rather follow her lead.   That's how I am a fan of The Hunger Games.

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