In attached to these stars, and Katniss

In The Hunger Games, Katniss uses her celebrity asset to her advantage. Once she volunteered to go to the games and after her dazzling costumes the capitol was going crazy for her already.  Before the games Haymitch, her mentor gives her the following words of advice. “It’s all a big show. It’s all how you’re perceived. The most I could say about you after your interview was that you were nice enough, although that in itself was a small miracle. Now I can say you’re a heartbreaker. Oh, oh, oh, how the boys back home fall longingly at your feet. Which do you think will get you more sponsors?” She ends up taking Haymitch’s words and uses the approach to fall in love with Peeta since Peeta declares his love for her at his own interview. In the games she strikes up a fake relationship with Peeta, the other member from district 12  to create a star-crossed lover story that will entice all the sponsors and fans to send her presents and help inside the Arena, which is key to survival. This, of course, is a replica on the nature of reality TV show, imitating the “real” relationships TV viewers are obsessed with. Surprisingly it works, shows like The Bachelor and Keeping Up With The Kardashians have been on TV for years, as Keeping Up With The Kardashians is on season 14! These shows are watched constantly by fans who grow attached to these stars, and  Katniss does the same as the Capital becomes attached to her as she will do anything to save Peeta.  It gives her an edge in the Games and helps keep her and Peeta alive. But, it also makes her more of a puppet  for the Capitol and the gamemakers, as shown in the second book  Catching Fire. In the second part of the franchise, the Capitol attempts to trade on Katniss and Peeta’s love story during their Victors Tour. Their “romance” is put on display by orders of the president in each district because there have been rebellions, ever since Katniss pulled out the berries,used as a shining example of a love that blossomed from the Capitol. Their relationship is simply a PR act and a way to survival. As Haymitch tells Katniss , “Every year they’re going to drag you out and broadcast the details of your romance, every year your private life becomes theirs. From now on, your job is to be a distraction, so people forget what the real problems are.”  When Katniss and Peeta are sent back to compete in the Hunger Games, Katniss and her Mockingjay pin become less of a act for the Capitol and more of a symbol for the growing rebellion. The nature of Katniss’ celebrity gets more complex and she is now the “leader” of a rebellion. At this point Katniss struggle against evil begins.

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