When I read that Suzanne Collins hoped that readers of The Hunger Games would think about what similarities exist in our own world that remind us of life in Panem, my first thought was that it sounded a little too much like a cliché book report. Sure, okay… we have reality television, and some notable gaps in wealth. But really, how could our lives be anything like that of The Hunger Games?
As I started to look a little more closely at our current culture; however, I noticed more and more the sometimes startling parallels. It’s more than just the current trend of stars coloring their hair in unnatural shades. Reality shows receive some of their highest ratings during episodes that include physical violence. The gap between the rich and poor is ever widening, with the top-earning 20 percent of Americans receiving 49.4 percent of all income generated in the U.S. While extreme poverty (as pictured on the far right in my own hometown of Detroit) is not only present but increasing. Though some debate whether or not human-induced climate change exists, there is no question that weather patterns are shifting and ice caps are melting. But then, an actual televised death match? I don’t know…
I would love to hear some opinions from you savvy Mockingjays. What do you think? Is the idea of a Panem-like future a valid possibility, or do you think it would never happen?
Some of you might recall the character Tigris, a feline-ish Capitol citizen who Katniss met in “Mockingjay.” Her face was surgically transformed to resemble that of a cat, complete with a short snout, whiskers, and tattooed black and gold stripes. Not only did she change her appearance, but she took it upon herself to change her demeanor as well by growling and twitching her tail (also surgically attached) when she was angry. She even enjoyed a hearty breakfast of raw meat. Now, granted, this kind of radical metamorphosis is not all that popular today. In fact, it is very rare. Dennis Avner and Eric Sprague are two of the most well-known “transpecies,” but who knows how many more walk the streets?
Dennis chose to alter himself due to his Native American heritage. He had a discussion with a Huron Chief, who inspired him to follow the ways of his totem, the tiger. As a result, Dennis has had 22+ years of work done on him. He had implants placed in his forehead, nose flattened surgically, teeth pulled and replaced with fangs, and his lip split. Likewise, his cheeks are made of silicone, his nails are filed into talons, and he’s received several tattoos and dermal implants so that he can have nylon cat whiskers protruding from his cheeks.
During his undergraduate years, Eric decided to transform his appearance for a project involving his interest in body-based performance art. “The Lizardman” has had over 600 hours of tattooing done to replicate the scales of a reptile. He has also had five Teflon horns implanted beneath the skin on his eyebrows to form horned ridges, teeth filed into points and his tongue split.
I have no problem with gluing whiskers to your face to dress up as a cat for Halloween. But changing your entire appearance and behavior to portray an animal? That may be going a little too far. Can you imagine how difficult it would be to function properly if your teeth were sharpened into points, or if your tongue had been severed? However, these two “transpecies” have managed to live with their body modifications for quite some time.
What do you think? Will these modifications one day become all the rage?
[Sources: The Examiner]
Yes, Nicki Minaj is always outlandish-but this shot looks especially Capitol!
The March issue of Vogue includes this picture by photographer Steven Klein.
In “The Hunger Games,” the country of Panem is described as having risen from the ashes of North America after war and natural disasters practically destroyed the land. This leads me, and many others I’m sure, to wonder…how close is our society to becoming like Panem? In this series, entitled “Impending Panem,” I’ll be exploring the fashion, technology, mannerisms and different aspects of the culture of the Capitol, as well as topics and news stories about uprisings, children violence, etc. and how they compare or contrast to our present world. Today, we talk gem implants, or, as our society calls them, microdermal piercings.
Microdermal piercings are semi permanent body piercings. You will also hear them referred to as dermal anchoring or microdermal implants.
Microdermals look pleasing and aesthetic and are rapidly becoming very popular. They are considered a cool alternative to surface body piercing because they are semi permanent. They are quick and convenient.
The technique and size is also so easy that you can have it done practically anywhere on your body. No special tools are required and the procedure is less invasive than an implant. The process is also more comfortable compared to the transdermal or sub dermal implants.
Gem implants were pretty popular with Capitol citizens, but these are causing a lot of unease among medical communities as well as those who are fond of body art and piercings. One concern is that stretching of the skin (such as might happen with swelling, weight loss, weight gain, or pregnancy) or even general physical activities like jogging might cause pain, migration, or other problems. Another is that, depending on where these piercings are implanted, they can be easily ripped out, possibly leaving skin damage and scars. It is recommended that you consult a doctor, or trusted piercing/tattoo business before getting a microdermal piercing. As always, make sure you find a sanitary, professional place to get piercings and tattoos done, and keep the area clean.
I think these are pretty cool, but at this point I don’t think I’d get a microdermal piercing. Maybe in the future, when they find a technique or material that results in less risks/side effects, I might go for it. Until then, I’ll stick with my helix piercing.
Let’s turn the spotlight on you guys. Would YOU get a microdermal piercing? Do you think this phenomenon will take off in our society? Talk it up.
[Source: Body Jewelry Guide]
Click here for a step-by-step look at getting a microdermal piercing.
We have received a special message from The Capitol PN regarding the #HungerGames74! What is that exactly? Well, today we have reached the 74-day-milestone until the Hunger Games begin! If that excites you and you want to show your District Pride the Capitol asks us all to tweet, or comment on your District’s Facebook page, prideful words in regards to your District, along with your name and your District number. All entries will be collected by the Mayors for a special surprise to be revealed soon after. This event will last for 5 days, and will end January 13th, 7 pm PST.
Template: (Your Name), Word of Pride, #District_PN, #HungerGames74
Example: Julia, Apple sauce, #District11PN #HungerGames74
[Thanks to Alison District 10 PN Mayor]
The new “The World is Watching” Hunger Games poster tells a lot about the fashion in The Capitol, expanding on what we saw in the trailer.
Check out these two closeups that reveal a variety of high-end luxury apparel in a splash of colors that predict what we’ll see in the movie.
It’s great to see so much attention to detail with just one poster! More…
There are big things happening at The Capitol PN today! You may have noticed at the end of the trailer, shown today, the twitter hashtag #HeadForTheSquare. Basically the big announcement in the square is the mayoral elections for each district will be held soon, so do not hesitate if you want to run for mayor!
Visit The Capitol PN on Facebook and follow the steps! Good luck to all!
Well yesterday was a big day with the release of the 8 character posters for The Hunger Games. Today Lionsgate has also released a new synopsis of the movie itself. Take a look if you need a refresher! As well don’t forget to register at www.thecapitol.pn to be assigned a district and receive the latest news from The Capitol in anticipation of the 74th Hunger Games.
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, with a screenplay by Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 12 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following. It has spent more than 157 consecutive weeks/more than three consecutive years to date on The New York Times bestseller list since its publication in September 2008, and has also appeared consistently on USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.
Wondering which of the official sites that have recently been unveiled for fans of big book to movie series is best? Hypable takes a look. It’s a bit of a clunky comparison since
- Pottermore caters to fans of a book-to-movie series that is already finished
- TwilightTimeCapsule is for fans of a series that has two more films yet to be released-though it is in “past-tense” like Pottermore-and
- TheCapitolPN is for fans of a series that is just getting started
Even though, Andrew Sims at Hypable does his best to compare the three.