Aug 6, 2010

Mockingjay - District 3 Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway

I have been chosen as a tribute for District 3.

Thankfully, not to fight to the death - as much as The Hunger Games is an amazing book, I wouldn't want to participate in THAT. I'm a tribute in the Mockingjay blog tour! It's also partly celebrating the official Hunger Games facebook page, so you should go check it out.

Why Rue Really Sparked The Rebellion - At Least For Katniss
Why am I blogging about this and not about somebody from District 3? Because as kick ass as Wiress is, and as much as she affected how Katniss leads her life in Mockingjay, she's nothing compared to Rue.

Let's take a step back and look at how inconsequential Rue would have been to the series had she not have met Katniss. She just would have been the underdog, flying between trees until somebody shot her. (Probably Katniss, actually.)

But she met Katniss. And they sympathized with each other. And they teamed up.

And I come to know Rue, the oldest of six kids, fiercely protective of her siblings, who gives her rations to the younger ones, who forages in the meadows in a district where the Peacekeepers are far less obliging than ours. Rue, who when you ask her what she loves most in the world, replies, of all things, "Music."

And had she not died, and had Katniss not lay flowers over her body, and sung her a song, the Rebellion may not have happened. She may still have pulled off her star-crossed lovers ending. Or maybe, since they didn't team up, the whole Game would have changed, and Peeta would have been killed.

Maybe if Rue hadn't even entered the games, the Rebellion wouldn't even happen. There never would have been hope.

Rue's death has forced me to confront my own fury against the cruelty, the injustice they inflict upon us.
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I want to do something, right there, right now, to shame them, to make them accountable, to show the Capitol that whatever they do or force us to do there is a part of every tribute they can't own. That Rue was more than a piece in their Games. And so am I.

Final line: what really drove Katniss to win - to piss off the Capitol - was what they did to poor Rue.

Don't agree with me? That's okay. I want to know what YOU think. Agree? Disagree? Think I'm just a raving lunatic? Comment and let me know.






Jamia Nash, who would make a fantastic Rue. Plus she can sing.


Although you probably don't care about any of this. No, you're probably just interested in the GIVEAWAY. And guess what? Though this giveaway is US exclusive, there are fifty winners.

You heard me. Fifty. 50. Five-zero. A VERY BIG NUMBER.

And what are you winning? Super fantastic awesome amazing Hunger Games swag, that's what! You're winning Mockingjay stickers. And not only are they super awesome Mockingjay stickers, but they glow in the dark. how EPIC is that!?






All you have to do is fill out the form. No bonus points. No difficult questions to answer. All I ask is that you contribute to the conversation on Rue.

Not hard, right?

And don't forget to check out District 4 on Monday!



Giveaway closed! But keep the responses coming.

278 comments:

  1. I agree--Rue was the turning point for Katniss and her rebellion against the Capitol. She was the tipping point. I loved Rue and cried when she died (so sad! Such a sweet girl!) and my students were so upset when they read about Rue (we read Hunger Games as part of a dystopian unit).

    Without Rue, Katniss might have won the game but she might would have killed Peeta to do it. She would have been a different person.

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  2. I definitely think what happened after Rue's death was one of the contributing factors that led to the rebellion. I think there are other pieces to it, but this is one of the main reasons. I need to reread The Hunger Games as I haven't read it since it was released, so its been a while. If I reread it soon I will come back and contribute more to this! :P

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  3. Just stopping by to let you know I gave you an award over at my blog.

    http://justanotherbookaddict.blogspot.com/2010/08/award.html

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  4. Rue's death definately contributed to what happens in Catching Fire. So I agree with you a 100%! Without Rue, Katniss might have been a different person. I mean, she might have ended Peeta's life, and who would want that? If she had done that, Catching Fire and Mockingjay would be inexistant, right? President Snow wouldn't of hated her guts! She wouldn't have defied the Capitol! Down with the Capitol!!!!!!! Lol ;) All tthat happened, happene because Katniss saw the life drain from poor little Rue. And Rue reminded her of Prim.

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  5. I agree with you and the others about Rue being a huge part that made the rebellion happen, specially when Katniss visited Rue's district in Catching Fire.

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  6. Rue was my favorite character. I wish she had been with us longer, but agree that her death was Katniss' true turning point. I cried so much!

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  7. Rue was one of the best characters in Catching Fire!! I loved her and cried when Katniss layed the flowers around her and sang. She inspired Katniss throughout the rest of the book. But had Rue survived the book would have ended differently!

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  8. I'm nervous about seeing Rue's death on film. :( Hopefully the film makers will do it right, but I don't think I'll make it out of there with a dry eye.

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  9. AGREED!
    I loved Rue and I believe her death triggered Katniss's mind in the rebellion against the capitol. It made everything fall to place. If it hadn't, her death wouldn't have been necessary and significant.

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  10. I that Rue helped Katniss in the tree. This act of kindness seemed to warm Katniss' heart and open the possibility up to Katniss that she can care about the tributes.

    I think Peeta and Katniss should name their daughter Rue.
    kennifer

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  11. Rue reminds me a little of Katniss, she fast, she fiercly protects the people she loves, and has a good judgement in charcter. I mean if Rue knew the right thing to do was have Katniss as an ally then you know Rue was smart. Whenever the movie comes out, I hope they portray her right.

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  12. I haven't read the books yet. It's a fight with my whole family. Dad's reading the books, my little sister is reading the books, and my twin is re-reading the books. So I'm in a line to read them.

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  13. I think....the rebellion would have happened anyways, or tried to. The people were ready. But Katniss, the "spark" of the rebellion, wouldn't have inspired the people if Rue hadn't inpired her first. So without Rue the rebellion would fail.

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  14. I agree with you. Katniss was just trying to survive until Rue came into the picture. Then she went from surviving to kicking ass!

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  15. I agree. I think that it wasn't only that Katniss lost Rue and saw the underlying cruelty of the Hunger Games during/ after Rue's death, but that Rue reminded Katniss so much of Prim. Also, Katniss's relationship with Rue is the first chance for Katniss to hear about life outside of her district. Sure, she sees the opulence of the Capitol, but hearing about the suffering and the community and the fear in District 11 shows Katniss that there are thousands of people suffering at the hands of the government. She gains a larger vision of the cruelty and control of President Snow through her relationship with Rue.

    Awesome giveaway + topic!

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  16. I loved Rue and cried when she died - I think she is very pivotal in who Katniss becomes. Great post and giveaway.

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  17. I definitely agree with you. I never looked at it before that way. I think I read The Hunger Games so fast that I missed that detail, so I always chalked it up to the berry incident. Now, I can totally see why Rue sparked the rebellion and would be more significant than the berries. Her words are full of fury! Thanks so much for hosting! :)

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  18. Rue was/is one of my favorite characters in the series. She played a pivotal role in helping the protagonist change and grow, and her lasting influence changed the face of Panem. Of course, part of that change happened because she was too young, caught in a system that was too horrible, and she paid with her life. The scene were she died made me cry in public, in the middle of a Starbucks on a sunny day. I think that point is when I recognized Suzanne Collins' mastery over her language and story. Really moving, even when I think of it now.

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  19. In different parts of the book catching fire, she compares things happening with experiences with rue. They would probably not even HAVE the 75th Quarter quell, with the pickin of the past tributes, if it wasn't for the rebellion with rue, that led to the rebellion with peeta. Then katniss would just be another victor, nothing else. she might have not even won.

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  20. Rue would have lived had she not been helping Katniss. She was a good person.
    kjovus

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  21. I agree, Rue made a huge impact on Katniss. That seemed to be a large turning point for her. No more playing nice with the Capital and she started pushing the limits. Great posting! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

    Scoot

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  22. Rue was a great character. Without her death, the rebellion may have never been started. Whether it was simply as an act of defiance against the capitol, or simply as an act for a friend she grew to become close to, what Katniss did for Rue in the end was very sweet.

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  23. Awesome post, I totally agree!

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  24. Rue is important, isn't she? Without her, Katniss wouldn't have been seen as the rebel she really was. Celebrating the life and death of a simply pawn in a game? Can't be spun a different way!

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  25. I agree with you completely. Katniss was just navigating her survival in the games until she met Rue. Rue’s friendship changed her whole perspective on the games. On some level Katniss probably thought they could survive the hunger games together. If one did not know better, one could assume they were just playing in the woods. I was really happy when they formed an alliance. They probably would have been friends back home.

    I know for me Rue’s death is what really ignited my hatred for the capitol. I know it did that for Katniss as well. Any ambivalence evaporated with the murder of Rue. I think it made her want to win more than before.

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  26. Of course Rue's death had everything to do with the Rebellion. I think you're spot on.

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  27. I never really thought about it before but your completely right! Katniss never really thought she'd win the Hunger Games until Rue told her to win and Katniss while she hated the Capitol she had no real passion for a rebellion and just accepted it all. Until she met Rue.

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  28. I agree that Rue's death helped Katniss to start pushing back against the Capitol, but I think that pushing back started with Peeta's comments on the roof of the Training Center before they ever start the games. Peeta had said something similar - that he hoped he could be more than a pawn - and weeks (?) later, in the arena, Rue's death sparks that memory for Katniss and her thinking changes.

    I also think Katniss' reaction to Rue's death is especially significant, maybe even more than the death itself. Katniss could have wandered off to grieve privately (or as privately as possible) but she choose to remain in the clearing and sing to Rue and place the flowers. Those little acts of rebellion, as seen by the Districts, probably helped stir the pot, so to speak. And District 11 lets her know that, when they salute her during the tour in Catching Fire.

    So Rue is definitely a huge part of it, but I think it was everything working off all that came before it.

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  29. Rue is my favorite character in the Hunger Games. Her death was turning point for Katniss' game play. I've never been so sad to see a character pass.

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  30. Rue reminded Katniss of her sister, so the connection was pretty close for her once she saw Rue in training and got to know her during the Games. At first I didn't trust Rue, thinking she was going to use her innocence to trap Katniss, but seeing how Rue looked upon Katniss as an older sister and Katniss saw Rue as a reflection of Prim made it even worse for Kat to deal with her death. A child shouldn't have been involved in such a deadly battle and she needed to express that as best she could to everyone and especially the Capitol.

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  31. Rue is one of those great characters who forces you to reconsider what you think. Rue's death makde me realize how invested I was in the story.

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  32. to my tribute, Rue was the main point where Katness sparked the rebellion. She even said to Katness that what she wanted out of the Games was to show the capital that they're not a piece of thier games. Because of Rue, Katness seen what she's been talking about and found the similarity of Prim in her, hence finding her reason for the games

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  33. i love rue. i read her death at like 2 in the morning, so it took a while to process but then i sobbed so hard. i totally agree she helped in the rebelion. didn't peeta go paint her? she was such an epic character and waayyyyyy to young to die. she gave katniss hope for change.

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  34. Rue was most important part of Katniss's rise to glory now that i think about it. Without her Katniss probably would have lost the games and after Rue death Katniss (kinda unknowingly) used her flowery grave to mark her self as a rebel. Rue was pretty much the whole reason for most of Katniss's decisions. hmmm...go figure :)

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  35. Like many others, I totally agree with you. Rue's death was the thing that pushed Katniss over the edge as far as the rebellion goes. Up to that point, while she hated the situation she was in, she didn't have the urge to fight against the Capitol until that happened. I think the rebellion would have happened anyway, but this was important for Katniss to choose to be a part of it. I think the original plan was for Katniss and Peeta to play the hopelessly-in-love card for the audience, and when one of them died, it would send the districts over the edge. It just happened to work out that both lived, which made it even more powerful when the Quarter Quell was announced. But that's another discussion all together.

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  36. I couldn't believe it when Rue died, but I will say if she hadn't there wouldn't have been a rebellion. And she would't have been able to make the alliance with Petta because she was protecting Rue.

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  37. I agree with you. I hated that Rue had to die, but it was the turning point for Katniss and the rebellion.

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  38. Without Rue the plot of the story would have lacked a very important ingredient, one that sent Katniss just over the edge enough to start a chain reation. Agree completely!

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  39. I totally agree, now that you mention it. It all makes sense now that Rue was the reason Katniss rebelled. She was so mad that she had to do something.

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  40. I completely agree with your analysis. While some of the other deaths clearly upset Katniss (if not simply for the fact that it was shocking) Rue's was the one that haunts her. I'm not sure she would have been as open to spending the time she did with Peeta if Rue's death had not occurred the way it did. It's interesting to think about how the rebellion would have happened had Katniss not been touched by Rue the way she was. Maybe it would have taken longer to happen? Or had less support? Gale clearly wanted to be a part of this for a while but what about others?

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  41. I completely agree. If Katniss had not met Rue then Rue's death would have just been another sad ending in the yearly Hunger Games. But it was the courage of this little girl who was a complete underdog joining Katniss that created that bond. We could even view Prim as a main reason for the rebellion, afterall, if it weren't for Prim then Katniss wouldn't be in the games in the first place and she wouldn't have had nearly as much want to join up with Rue (who she constantly compared to her sister). Now we don't get to see a lot of Prim and I'm not saying she is the true turning point, I still believe Rue is. But there are so many factors, I view the districts and characters as a big boiling pot or volcano that keeps stirring and getting closer and closer to overflowing and when they do - You get out of the way or you will be burned.

    But back to Rue, she is amazing. Because of her friendship with Katniss it gave the public and Katniss more than just a face for the unjust deaths in the Games. It gave them a voice, a smile, a heart. I consider Rue's death the be one of the sad, but needed sacrifices for the greater good. Rue's death - more importantly - brings EMOTION to the Games. These people see so many deaths I'm sure it gets easier to view them simply as part of the masses of casualties that happen yearly (like how people in America honestly don't care about the millions of orphans in Africa dying of starvation and AIDS, maybe people care but it doesn't usually bring them to do something aside from giving maybe $30 dollars a month out of their $100,000 salaries), but Rue, Rue brought an unjustice that captured the heartstrings.

    So yeah, I love Rue :)

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  42. I totally agree th your whole thing right there. It makes sense but maybe also katnisss would have got the idea from gale later on and her hatred would have grown from having been put in the games?

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  43. I disagree. I don't think it was Rue; I think it was Prim. As much of a driving force as Rue's death was for Katniss, it wouldn't have affected her nearly as much if Rue didn't remind her so much of her sister. And mourning her opponent wasn't Katniss' first act of public rebellion. It was refusing to let the Capitol take the girl who's basically her daughter like they took the others. Just that quickly, the entire district rebels with her by refusing to condone the Games. Katniss wasn't really motivated to hate the Capitol until Rue died, but the rebellion didn't start then. It started when they chose Prim.

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  44. My son and I (I read it aloud a second time to him) both think that Rue and her passing was a turning point for Katniss. It seems to have brought her thinking about the cruelty of the games to the fore. Before she was mostly concerned about her safety and getting back to her family at the point of Rue's death, she seems to have had a switch flip on and consciously began to see the games for what they were (in our opinion).

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  45. I agree with you that Rue was a huge driving force in the rebellion.

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  46. Rue's death is what helps Katniss begin to understand Peeta's remark about wanting to remain true to himself - to not let the Capitol change him. The seeds of rebellion were carried by many of the tributes in the 74th Hunger Games - Rue, Thresh, Peeta, the boy tribute from District 3 (who like Haymitch, turned used elements of the arena as weaponry), and of course Katniss.
    Rue's death comes back in a very real way in Catching Fire as it inspires both Peeta and Katniss during their private training sessions with the gamemakers.
    Katniss not only relates to Rue, in the reminder of Prim, but also relates to Rue as the oldest, the protector and provider.
    Thanks for the thought-provoking commentary! I can barely wait for Mockingjay!

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  47. oh and Rue's death was a hard thing for the whole family (we've all read the books now) to handle.

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  48. Aww Rue was so gentle and caring I missed her alot but I loved what Katniss did for her...

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  49. I also agree with you. Rue was such an important character, and if Katniss hadn't met her, things would have been so different. When Rue died, I cried. Anyways, When Katniss covered Rue with flowers, thats when the rebellion started.

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  50. Also, maybe it's me, but I feel like Rue is kind of a plot device, whose sole purpose is to tug at Katniss' heartstrings and then die horribly to motivate her into taking action. I like her and all, but I don't think she's really strong as a character. TV Tropes calls it "stuffed in the fridge."
    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/StuffedIntoTheFridge

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  51. I do agree that Rue's death is vital to the rebellion. Her death showed the harm the Capitol is doing to everyone--especially the innocents

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  52. Even though Katniss didn't know Rue for long, she really got to know and love her, plus she reminded her of Prim. Sooo when Rue died, it was like the Capitol killed Prim, the person she loved the most.

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  53. I don't think Rue was just the turning point for Katniss. Her death, through Katniss' discription, was big for Peeta too. We always knew he wanted his death to mean something, but during his private training in "Catching Fire" his use of dyes to paint a picture of Rue's body really made a statement too.

    And if Katniss hadn't had Rue as a friend and fellow survivor for a few "moments" she wouldn't have asked if the District 11 families were okay, she and Peeta wouldn't have cared if they had part of their winnings. None of this would have happened to help set off a rebellion.

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  54. Rue's death definately had an influence on her. But think about it, Katniss had a family back home that NEEDED her. I think Rue's death is what sparked Katniss' fury against the Capitol because to witness the death of a twelve year old in the Games is what I can imagine one of the worst things to see, even if you're seeing death all around you.
    So yes, I think Rue's death had a huge influence, but I think Katniss' helpless family back home is what truely pushed her because remember she saw Rue in Prim. The two are pertty much connected I think.

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  55. Rue made the series lamentable. The brutality brought Katniss to true understanding of the loss all around. It dawned on her that it could have just as easily been Prim, and it intensified the fury she had against the games, and those that played it for selfish pride.

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  56. I Agree, Rue's death is vital to the rebellion. And Katniss's tribute to rue was an amazing spark for the rebellion!

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  57. Definitely, Rue's death was a turning point in the story. Katiness had a reason to fight back, other than just to go home.

    By her defining the Capitol and memorializing Rue's death set of a fire storm within the Districts.

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  58. Rue's death was one of the saddest moments for me. :( :(

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  59. I completely agree about Rue! Plus wasn't it Rue that pointed out the tracker jackers to Katniss? She brought out something in Katniss that may never have surfaced so fully and I think Rue holds a special place in every readers heart!

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  60. I agree with your take on this. I think that was the first big thing that made her stop and think, these are real people - chidlren, for goodness sake! - who are fighting and dying because of this political control BS. I think it was a turning point for her in realizing not only was it scary and sad for her personally, but as a whole concept it was a horrible, despicable thing that deserves no respect.

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  61. i absolutlely loved Rue. she was one my favorite characters.i bawled my eyes out when Katniss was singing to her. i even downloaded a versoin of Rue's Lullaby. now every time i read that part i listen to the song as well. but i would have to agree. i dont think that Katniss intentionally meant to piss off the Capitol with the berry stunt. i think that she just did it without thinking. but i know that Katniss wanted to piss off the Capitol when rue died, so that essentially started the whole rebellion!!

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  62. When I first read the Hunger Games, I had trouble feeling a connection with Rue because she really wasn't around for very long and seemed like a place holder for Prim. However, after seeing her family in Catching Fire and realizing how her death impacted Katniss (as you described in your blog post), I gained a new appreciation for her. In addition to being a catalyst for Katniss's participation in the rebellion, her innocence and gruesome death helps readers realize how awful these games truly are.

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  63. I think Rue's death was definitely the turning point in Katniss's choice of turning from simply trying to survive to wanting to earn back the right to thrive. Rue's character was carefully created to manipulate the reader's emotions but not necessary to Katniss's rebellion. If it wasn't Rue, it would have been someone else, probably Prim because Katniss essentially replaced Prim with Rue while in the games. Katniss would even have survived the games and tried to stay off the Capital's radar if it hadn't been for Rue and seeing Rue's family. In that way I think she's a little selfish because she could go through that and still do her best to appease the capital.

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  64. I completely agree that Rue was a huge reason of why Katniss not only won the Hunger Games, but started a rebellion. Rue helped Katniss win the Hunger Games in many ways, she showed Katniss the Tracker Jacker nest, which helped her eliminate a few of the tributes and get her bow and arrows, and she helped her get rid of the tracker jacker stings aswell. There are many more things about Rue but I don't want to write about EVERYTHING so I'm ending it here.

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  65. I think Rue probably DID make the great contribution that you mentioned. She, along with Effie, Heavensbee, and Cinna kind of set the whole story in motion. When Rue died Katniss was crushed and she finally realized what was going on, almost as if she was awakened. I think Rue played a very important part because now Katniss has a reason to fight instead of run. Now it's all due to Rue.

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  66. when Rue died i think it pushed Katniss to move forward to try to win the games and if she had never died that would have never happened, Katniss wouldn't have had any hope in winning the games

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  67. The part with Rue made me think so much about the movie "The Truman Show" Much more than any other part, because people watching it all on TV must have been glued to their sets during that part!

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  68. I also agree that Rue's death was Katniss' turning point. Without Rue, who knows what would have come of Katniss.

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  69. Without Rue, what happened on the tour in district 11 in Catching Fire wouldn't have happened... it contributed the rebellion :)

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  70. I simply love Rue... Its the small things. Its the choices. Focus of the games are on how to keep the government in place and Rue represents all to be lost if the strong hand of fear is tight! Rue makes the story real!

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  71. Rue's death was definitely where Katniss finally snapped, but I think she was on her way to that point anyway. She has a younger sister back home, a best friend, and, well, a family. She was already hunting beyond the fence--do you really think she would have just sat back and watched the Capitol basically rule the whole freaking world? Maybe Rue brought the Rebellion on a bit sooner than if life had just gone on as normal. Of course, you have to be devastated that she died; she was pretty dang awesome. I have no idea what my real point is here. X)

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  72. I think Katniss felt close to Rue because she reminded Katniss of her sister, that protection. And Rue's death spurred the rebellion to protect the future for Katniss.

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  73. I never thought about Rue sparking the rebellion. I completely agree. Without Rue's death, I don't think Katniss would've felt as driven to get back at the government.
    Rue was symbolic of good and innocence, and the government destroyed that. At the end of Catching Fire, the government is doing the same by kidnapping Peeta. Peeta is "goodness." Everyone knows this. His death would hurt many greatly and damper the morale of the people.

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  74. I had never actually thought about Rue being the cause until it was brought up, but now I totally agree. While she may not be the full cause, I think it created a spark for Katniss. I think all along Katniss knew somewhere inside her she knows the games are cruel and unfair, but doesn't really think she had any idea of how she could fix it. That is intil Rue's death and how unfair that was to, so I think that created a spark for her to want to change that.

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  75. Rue is most definitely the epitome of innocence. She never harmed anyone. No. She was just an innocent, 12-year-old girl who had to be strong to support her siblings and at least try in the games. She would have never hurt anyone. Her costume included a set of wings. Doesn't that just scream 'innocent' ?

    Rue was important because she was just a harmless 12 year old girl. Just a child. And she was killed, and that drove Katniss into winning, because it could have as easily been Prim. Rue was an example. Her name means Regret, if that's saying enough.

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  76. I hadn't thought about it this way, but for Katniss, Rue really did spark the rebellion, you're completely right. I do think that even without Rue, /something/ would have happened to spark a rebellion - oppressive, dictatorial, dystopian governments usually do get rebelled against (1984 or Brave New World, anyone?) - but it might not have been Katniss and it might not have been until years later.

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  77. I think it was the anger and sadness that Katniss felt when that spear went through Rue's tiny little sweet body that stirred the Rebellion. Suddenly it didn't matter who won at that moment. All that mattered was that Rue was dead, and she had other siblings at home who depended on her for food, just like Katniss. I think it was the saddest time for Katniss, and that is what stirred the little angry fire in her since her Father died in the mines. And when Gale told her that...
    "Katniss, there is no District 12."
    That just added logs to the fire.
    And then there is Peeta, who was half-way dead when Katniss tripped over him. He knows he cant live without her. ;D "Raises a Mockingjay pin; IN HONOR OF RUE!!"

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  78. I agree. I hadn't cried so much for a book in a long time until Rue's death. And that was only second hand. I can't imagine how Katniss must have felt. But I'm sure that kind of pain did turn into a great amount of anger toward the Capitol. Like kicking a horse when it's down.

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  79. I think Rue reminded Katniss of her sister, and of herself when she was more innocent. Rue represented the innocence of all who were unable to take a stand against the Capitol and the unfairness of the Games, and while her death was heartbreaking, it was necessary. Like others here have posted, I never really stopped to think about how her death and Katniss' subsequent actions (her tribute to Rue) led to the rebellion, etc., but now see how all of this is so connected.

    I am so excited about Mockingjay! I love these books so much!

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  80. I never thought that Rue actually sparked the rebellion. But now that it has been brought up, I completely agree. Rue was my favorite character, I even cried when she died. But Rue definitely sparked something up in Katniss. Thats when Katniss realized that they were more than just a piece of their games, and she realized what Peeta meant when they were talking on the roof. Rue even saved Katniss's life in the end because Thresh would have killed her with Clove. But instead he let her go, why? Because of Rue.

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  81. I am just now reading the books. I have owned the first two for quite some time, just waiting for the release of Mockingjay! I started Hunger Games just a day ago and already I'm almost done with it. I almost wish I would've waited a little bit longer. Maybe.
    Mockingjay isn't going to come soon enough!!

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  82. Not to be spoilery, but when Rue died...I bawled like a baby. When my girls read it out loud to each other over Spring Break this year, I bawled again. I really hope they pick a good actress to play her. She deserves to be portrayed correctly.

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  83. rue's death definitely was a turning point for katniss. i think it really drove home for her what the capitol was doing to the people.

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  84. I agree with you that Rue's death did indeed start the rebellion because it was seen by everyone and it made Katniss realize what she had to do.

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  85. such a good point! as sad a moment that was, it definately was the turning point in Katniss's mind. they had gone to far that time. poor rue! i read a few other comment, and along with a few others, i hope that when the movie is made they do a good job with rue

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  86. Excellent post! I particularly loved how you pointed out those last lines. Rue definitely motivated Katniss to do something to "stick it" to The Capitol.

    One of my favorite things about Rue's character is how everyone, even Katniss, underestimated her. She was just a child and a tiny one at that. But she had so many skills that helped her in the Games and she had a strong character. She was a fighter like Katniss and when they devised the plan to attack the Careers food, little Rue was more than ready and eager to do her part.

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  87. Although Rue was a major part of Katniss' rebellion the actual rebellion would have started anyway. If Katniss' died because she never encountered Rue she would have died with a bang and said everything she thought of the Capital as the cameras came to watch her death.

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  88. I totally agree! Rue was definately the key!

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  89. I don't think you are a raving lunatic. I think Rue was a key figure in the whole series. It helped shape Katnis's character. I love characters that show independence and strength. Rue showed people that sometimes strength is not in physical power but in the power of the mind.

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  90. I agree, absolutely -innocent, brave Rue is the catalyst not just for Katniss but for the readers as well. Her death is a mirror for us all to see ourselves -to remain unmoved and neutral in the face of this injustice is to not be a member of the human race.

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  91. I'm just here to say that I saw you were giving away 50 and in my head I heard Harry Potter go FIFTY? like in the Sorcerer's Stone movie. I felt I needed to share this information.

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  92. its one big chain reaction. NO RUE->katniss dead->peeta dead-> Glimmer alive->District 4 girl alive->NO REBELLION big changes if rue wasnt in the Areana

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  93. I know Rue had a huge impact on me--that a side character does this to a reader, makes them care as much as they already care about the main character, is quite a feat esp. when she's not one of the love interests! I tear up whenever I read about her, and about the consequences of her demise--the rebellion, the hand signal (oh god, tearing up *right*now*) and the Mockingjay's call. *rushed off to read parts of the book again, now that I'm on a crying jag, thanks a lot, WFT!!!*

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  94. I totally agree; Rue flamed the fire within Katniss that had already ignited when Primrose was selected. Katniss' tribute to honor Rue's humanity manipulated the Capital in a way that they could not control because everyone watching was affected deeply and wanted to see the outcome. This influenced the outcome of the Game and continues to be the focus and hopefully the downfall of the Capital.

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  95. I love Rue! I was so sad when she died! But it's true that if she wasn't in the story the rebelion probably wouldn't have happened. At least not in Katniss's time. Also who's to say Katniss would have even survived the Hunger Games without Rue? Either way Rue was very essantial to the story. I'm still sad she died though....

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  96. I loved sweet little Rue, so sad when she died, I do think that her death was a catalyst, sort of the last straw for Katniss that really made a difference in how she was reacting to the game at that point. Katniss would have been dead long before if she hadnt teamed up with Rue.

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  97. I adore Rue, and while I think that Katniss was already reluctant to turn bloodthirsty, it was only after she made her alliance with Rue that she truly understood what the Capitol was doing and why she couldn't play by their rules.

    Also? I passed The Hunger Games on to my family when I was finished, and what I remember most is being out one day and having my phone ring. I pick up; it's my dad, and all I can hear is "Rue... Rue! Not poor Rue!" Rue's death totally broke him.

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  98. I definitely agree with your thoughts on Rue. She's what REALLY pushed Katniss to get completely serious about taking down the Capitol, and to accept that failure would mean much more than just her death at this point.

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  99. All I know is a bawl my eyes out every time I read that part. Poor Rue, and poor Katniss. Collins created a great world with characters that literally tug at your own emotions. You are right there, feeling everything Katniss feels.

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  100. I'm not going to lie... I cried when Rue died.

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  101. Yeah, i agree because as you said they started to be friends and GOD! who in this world don´t hate people who killed any friend?, Katniss started to hate the Capitol more after Rue died! and you know Katniss felt that she was Primrose! and you know in the 1st book said that her little sister is the only one who really love!

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  102. Rue definitely gave Katniss that extra nudge to do something more than just survive.

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  103. Carrie Wagler8/06/2010 1:57 PM

    I just reread Hunger Games and Catching Fire again yesterday. I had forgotten how much I loved Rue. I cried so hard when she died. If there was one thing I could change about the first book, it would be that Rue would not have died. But, like you said, the whole story would have been different.

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  104. I love Rue! I've read "Hunger Games" three times and have cried big, sloppy tears every time. What incredible writing it takes to create such a memorable and long-lasting secondary character. My throat's constricting just thinking about her.

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  105. But Rue was really just a reminder of her sister Prim. So maybe she has figured out that what she is really fighting for is her sister and so the rebellion might have started because of Katniss's association with Rue, but it is really about her sister and making a better life for her-- so she doesn't have to worry about being in the Hunger Games or living the life she has had to lead.

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  106. Rue was always my favorite character from The Hunger Games. <3

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  107. I love Jamia Nash as Rue; she was actually the first person I thought of as an actress for her. I definitely agree, now that I think about it, that Rue truly did spark the rebellion inside Katniss. It's interesting to think about that. Rue probably didn't meant to do that at ALL, but we all probably cried when she died and I still do, every time I read the books. Rue is awesome. She's such a sweet little girl, and was strong in her own way. The fact that she couldn't be caught was in her favor in the games.

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  108. Rue was one of my favorite characters. So sad when she died :(

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  109. I totally agree with you!!! I think up until that point Katniss had just been "living". Even though she had her opions I don't think she really ever thought that much about them. But when Rue dies I believe what The Capitol really is hit her and she knew she couldn't stand by anymore. Even though she went into the games to save her sister I believe she started to relize that everyone has a sister or brother they love as much as she does when Rue dies.

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  110. When reading Hunger Games, I loved Rue's character. She was so small but powerful & smart. I was devastated when she died but if she didn't all the events after might never had happened. I loved Jamie in August Rush! She has an amazing voice for such a little girl.

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  111. I think that the rebellion had started a little b4 that, the districts just didn't know how to communicate with each other. I think they were just waiting on an action that everyone can agree on to start. which was rue's death. And then the berries. But I do believe that Rue's death was what got katniss moving if she hadn't gone through all that with Rue i think her experience with Peeta after would have been very different.

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  112. I agree that Rue's death definitely helped convince Katniss the rebellion would be a good thing, because only a monster would kill a child, but the big thing for me was that Rue reminded her so much of Prim, and she couldn't imagine a world without Prim.

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  113. I agree rue's death was what sparked katness's anger towards the capitol for killing her in their sick sick games

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  114. I always felt that when Rue and Katniss crossed paths, Katniss found a certain purpose. It effected her in such a profound way and by making her anger known to the Capital she subtly shoved that anger and resentment in their faces. I Loved what she did and yes I agree it did have a lot to do with the beginnings of rebellion...

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  115. Rue was arguably the most important character in the first book. Without her, Katniss might have never noticed the nest of tracker jackers. She could have died because of the insects alone, much less due to the other tributes. Rue was able to keep Katniss human in a game where one is forced to become a savage. She helped Katniss remember that there was a world outside the games. A world that is well worth living for. She gave Katniss something to fight for.

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  116. You know a character makes a difference when even the boys in my classroom got choked up when she died. The tissue box was passed around meeting rug multiple times during this read aloud as we went through all of the emotions that Katniss must have felt towards the Capitol: anger, frustration, sadness at a world gone mad. We talked about how Rue gives voice to the voiceless and that though her place in the story is small, her quiet, musical presence is larger than life. If characters are like gifts, Rue was the most beautiful present of all.

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  117. Rue's character definitely helped the rebellion, because just the fact that Katniss honored her death instead of leaving her to rot like all the other tributes usually did was an act of rebellion against the capitol. You're not supposed to make friends to begin with, alliances are allowed, but not friends. And since Katniss became friends with Rue, that in itself is also an act of rebellion. Having the people of other districts see that they were braking the rules kinda gave them inspiration to start something. So yeah, she definitely helped! Thanks for the topic and giveaway!!! :D

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  118. Well i think rue was the best and my favorite character because if it was not for rue katniss would be tracker jacker bait and died of poison and insanity but yeah rues depprsesing death was a sure spark in katniss's rebellion idea, katniss even put flowers on rue as a sign of rebellion...

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  119. I don't think Rue would have won the games even if she would have lived and Katniss had died. She could have avoided conflict, like Foxface, but in order to win you have to do something. Even if it had come down to just her and one other person, the gamemakers would have found a way to get her out of her tree and play the game.

    Names in the book have a lot of significance. Like you have Peeta, like pita bread; Gale, like gale force winds; and then Rue...like the capital will "rue the day" that they made Katniss play the games.

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  120. I agree, Rue was really important to the plot and to the rebellion because she made Katniss think even deeper about how the Hunger Games were wrong.

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  121. i think Rue is a lot like Katniss.
    I cried when i saw her die cause when the spear went through he body i knew right away like Katniss dd there was no way of saving her.
    but i agree with u that Rue dying and Katniss putting the flowers around her sparked the rebellion nobody may have known it then but it definitely did. Rue dying was just an example of how Cruel the Capital is....killing inisent children who did nothing wrong! the capital is punishing them for something that they did!!!

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  122. I know this sounds very repeating, but yes, I agree with you also. I believe, like many others that if Rue had not been there Katniss might not be who she is from the moment she died. Katniss, may I also add, may be dead if not for Rue. Rue was the one who warned Katniss about the Tracker Jackers. If Katniss would have died, then where would we be?

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  123. I agree. Rue was the point of no return for Katniss. I cried when she died. Both times I read The Hunger Games. If Katniss and Rue hadn't teamed up, the Rebellion most likely wouldn't have happened.

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  124. From the first time I heard about Rue, I knew there, for sure, was going to be something different about her when she entered the 74th Hunger Games. And when she died it was a serious blow to me as a reader. Katniss and Rue made a great team. From separated, Rue did not survive; and I really think that Katniss blames herself for it. I cried in that scene. Really, how could I not? Rue was Katniss's motivation after she died, to strike back.

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  125. Rue was just as much a part of the rebellion as the avox girl she couldn't save or Cinna she watched get beat up. It all plays on her guilt for being powerless and her anger towards the capitol who holds the power. However I don't know what she will do when she obtains that power... she doesn't seem strong enough to use it correctly to me.

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  126. Yes, I completely agree. Katniss needed to feel it personally, and for her, Rue was key. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  127. I absolutely agree, Rue's death was what made Katniss understand what Peeta had said about not being just a pawn in the games. The fact that she reminded her of Prim just made Rue's death that much more terrible to Katniss.

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  128. While I don't think Rue was the catalyst for the rebellion itself, I do agree that she was a pivotal factor. After seeing Gale beaten, Katniss really faces up to reality of going back to the games, and she decides she and Peeta will work together to survive as well as rebel against the Capitol any chance they get, even if it's very small. But Rue's death does compound things for Katniss and makes her decide she has nothing to lose, the way death of a loved can do, and she has no fear &puts her all into showing how wrong and cruel the Capitol is.

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  129. Agreed, Rue was the backbone that led Katniss to her rebellion. Also pivotal to the cause was the strong, yet silent Thresh. Without his help Kat would have met her peril before she shoudl have and the face of the rebellion would not have had the opportunity to "stick it" to the powers that be with her antics at the end of book one.

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  130. I think the death of Rue was the beaking point for Katniss, but it wasn't the only one. There were many events that took place in Katniss's life that were leading up to the rebellion. Now the thing is if Katniss can hold it up, can take on the Captiol.

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  131. A lot of people say that Rue is their favorite character but I can't say that I feel the same way. I agree with your point that her actions eventually led to a rebellion but to me, there are more developed and fun characters. Her death was indeed quite sad though.

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  132. I cried my eyes out for Rue. That was the part that really grabbed me in The Hunger Games. She is a very important character, though she wasn't exactly my favorite. If I were in the Hunger Games, I would be most like Rue.
    What was sad about her was that she was so young. Twelve. Years. Old. Most people in modern USA live to be older than that! And that made me realize the cruelty of The Hunger Games. If it was just restricted to people who voluntarily wanted to fight, or if it included the Capitol, maybe that would have dulled the blow. But no, no, the Capitol wants to make it clear to the districts that they have zero hope in winning the rebellion.
    So in a tragic way, Rue did help spark the rebellion.

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  133. Anthony Johnson8/06/2010 4:46 PM

    Truthfully, i almost cried when Rue died because it wasnt fair. But after i read on, the mood and actions of Katniss after her death turned from trying to stay alive to trying to kill everyone she had to to make the Capitol pay for what happened to Rue. And because they have been doing this kind of thing for 74-75 years,i believe they deserve to be tortured and brought down by the kids they force to fight to the death for their own pleasure. The Capitol shall fall even if Katniss dies because the Mockingjay and Katniss's spirit will never die...

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  134. I agree with you, the spark that lighted Katniss's determination to winning the Hunger Games and being such an important person to lead a rebellion was Rue's death in the Hunger Games.

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  135. Well, these books are still on my TBR list, so I have just been sufficiently and irreversibly spoiled, but Rue sounds important.

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  136. I agree with you. Rue is definately amazing adn very important to Katniss and her role.

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  137. I totally agree that Rue's death was a major contributer to the start of the revolution and I'm so glad it was because now she didnt die in vein.

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  138. I agree with you. Rue's death was sad, but it seemed necessary to the story. I think it showed just how dangerous and twisted the Capitol is, and how messed up the Games are, where a little girl could die like that.

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  139. Rue's death was definitely the start of the Rebellion, I believe. Even though Rue was my favorite character, without her passing, Katniss would've never sang to her or placed flowers on her, and it would've never touched the hearts of the Districts the way it did.

    Love the sticker!

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  140. I love that Rue gave Katniss something to fight for, outside of herself. I think Rue really embodies everything that Katniss thinks is good and right with her world, and her death lit a fire in her to fight against all of what is wrong with her world.

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  141. Rue was definetly the first spark of the revolution. I was so sad when I found out Rue dies, she was one of my favorite characters in the first book. I also don't think Katniss would be alive if she didn't ally with Rue. One thing was the Tracker Jackers that Katniss didn't know about. Then all the things Rue taugh Katniss. And let alone that Rue pushed Katniss to go further because she reminded her of Prim.

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  142. Rue's help saved Katniss, so Katniss wanted to pay tribute to her.

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  143. Rue was vital to the rebellion. Katniss always knew and felt that something should be done, but never had the real incentive to do anything about it. Rue gave her that incentive, that motivation. If Katniss hadn't gotten to know Rue and distinguish similarities between her and Prim, Rue's death would have meant next to nothing to her. Her death would have been just part of the Games. But she DID get to know Rue, a 12 year old picked to die for the Capitol's entertainment. The Capitol, the Hunger Games, they have then "forced [Katniss] to confront [her] own fury against the cruelty, the injustice they inflict upon [them]." Without Rue, Katniss never would have challenged the Capitol.

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  144. Rue didn't help start the revolution. She started it in Katniss's Heart. Once she seen her friend die the flame of hate burned hotter toward the government. First they tried to send her she sister but that was stopped but they cross the line when Rue was murdered in cold blood. She had to get revenge for her friend.
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  145. Rue was an amazing character, and I was sad to see her go.

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  146. I have to agree with you. Rue's death not only affected Katniss but a lot of people watching the games. Seeing how someone from a different district reacted to Rue's death help set everything in motion (or continue it).

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  147. I loved Rue. I cried so much when she died and I agree that, without her, the rebellion would not have begun. I agree with your casting as well, that little girl would be a perfect Rue!

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  148. I'd have to agree with many that Rue didn't start the revolution, but that she was the spark to Katniss's true rebellion. Rue's death made Katniss realize that innocent people are getting hurt, including the people she loves. She begins to understand the importance of fighting back.

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  149. Rue was a good character. She was the martyr and her name continues to be passed on into each book. Never forgotten.

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  150. I was furious at the Capitol well before Rue, but she definitely encapsulates everything very well--not to mention being a person I'd love to know.

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  151. I think that without Rue, the rebellion wouldn't have happened. Sure, her death helped give Katniss a little nudge along, but without her pointing out that tracker jacker nest, who says Katniss would have lived at all?

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  152. Rue was a true sweetheart and such a brave soul. Her death truly sparked the rebellious side of Katniss, and without her alliance it is hard to say whether Katniss would have surivived.

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  153. Rue was probably the most lovable of all the characters in THE HUNGER GAMES. I do believe that the death of Rue was what sparked the rebellion in Katniss.

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  154. Rue was definitely a huge influence and surely a "spark" that aided in the blaze.

    I think Katniss was definitely poised to do something outrageous that would gain sympathy (and power) from revolutionaries. (just look at the poison she was about to eat at the end of book 1). But the alliance with Rue and Katniss's very visible and human sympathies at her depth added a large degree of compassion for humanity and hatred for the government.

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  155. I completely agree with you. Rue was THE turning point.

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  156. I think the idea of a rebellion was always in the back of Katniss's head thanks to Gale but it was Rue who caused her to finally realize what she could do.

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  157. I think that Rue sparked the revolution. And, honestly, she sparked the importance of the series in my heart. I rarely cry when I read books, even if I really connect with the characters. But Rue's death was so heart-wrenching that I teared up. More than that, I remember that I teared up. When I recommend these books to someone, I think back to Rue. She may not be my favorite character (Cinna is. Because he's that awesome), but she's the character who makes this series live up to the hype, at least for me.

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  158. I loved Rue! She was one of my favorite characters, and I have to admit that I cried when she died. I think it was really sweet of Katniss to decorate Rue in flowers, even though she meant it as an act of rebellion.

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  159. The part where Katniss covered Rue with the wildflowers was the first actual act of rebellion, I believe.

    And it was reciprocated by her receiving a gift... from a different district... district 11... Rue's district. That had to be unprecedented!

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  160. I actually never thought of it that way, but it makes sense. There were more things that made the rebellion grow, but that was definately the spark that made the trilogy as it is.

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  161. Without Rue there would be no rebellion. Katniss may have been the spark but Rue was the kindling.

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  162. Heather Scott8/06/2010 7:45 PM

    Rue was definitely the spark for the rebellion...Katniss needed that emotional connection to really see the Capitol for its cruelty.

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  163. Of course Rue was a catalyst in the rebellion -- at least as far as Katniss is concerned. Rue helped Katniss to have a better view on things, I think, since what happened to Rue stuck with Katniss through to the end of the first book and throughout the second book as well. :)

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  164. Rue was one of the things that sparked the rebel in Katniss, but she also was the catalyst for the whole rebellion, making District 11 defy the Capitol, because they respected the risk Katniss took to acknowledge Rue apart from her role as a tribute. I do disagree with the point made that without Rue, Peeta and Katniss wouldn't have had the star crossed lovers bit. It was too popular for the Capitol not to try to capitalize on it even before Rue came along.

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  165. this story without Rue... wouldn't work.

    Rue was the spark - the spark that ignited Katniss to anger, that brought her out of her "all about me" self and reminded her that she had people to live for. It was the spark that unified an entire district behind Kat. It was the spark that convinced Cinna that Katniss could be more useful to the cause.

    without Rue what do we have - a survival story without a heart... Rue's death was where I shed the most tears to be sure! The visit later (next book, sorry) to Rue's district... SO charged with suspense and emotion - wouldn't have been nearly as effective had we not gotten to know Rue through her teaming up and interactions with Katniss in book 1.

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  166. I think other things could still have lead to the rebellion, but Rue definitley sent a spark to help start that fire.

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  167. Agreed! I do think that the rebellion would have happened sooner or later, but Rue (and her youth and charisma, and her death, and Katniss' reaction to her death) is what gave it the push it needed to happen right then and there.

    I love Rue. :-) She's my favorite character in the books.

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  168. I don't think Katniss was looking to be a rebel, not in the way that everyone saw her as the Mockingjay. She didn't see herself that way, she just saw herself as someone trying to survive, to try and protect her friends if she could, and it ticked her off when one of them was killed. When Rue died Katniss didn't mean to start a rebellion, she just wanted the Capitol to know she didn't agree with them, that she was angry. She didn't realize it was going to start something that only destroyed her own District but set off rebellion in all 13. I'm looking forward to Mockingjay to see how she really embraces the full impact of what it means to be the face of the rebellion, and I'm hoping she blooms and takes charge to really change things. All because she was angry at the Capitol for the murder of her friend.

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  169. hahaha! there nothing i can really say because everyone else already said it!

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  170. I was totally bummed when Rue died, but really happy for her when she was able to feel important and needed! She was scared, but willing to do something! My one touching moment was when Thresh let Katniss go because she was kind to Rue! Like he was genuinely touched by Katniss' thoughtfulness and care for his friend. Like he has the same feelings about the games as Katniss, he hates them, but he's there and he is still a human being and has feelings and the ability to care! I appreciated that moment!

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  171. Poor rue i wonder what would have happened if she hadnt died?

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  172. I think Rue added a lot to the story by adding Katniss's heart. If you think about it up until now she wouldn't even cry. After loosing Rue we saw a completely different side to Katness that would have remained hidden if it weren't for Rue

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  173. Definitely. Rue was the person who made Katniss come out of hiding and actually join in the games.

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  174. Rue is what convinces me Suzanne Collins takes the easy way out.

    Just imagine the book if the final three were Katniss, Peeta, and Rue. Now that's an emotionally fraught situation in which there are no good answers.

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  175. I completely agree with you! Rue sparked the rebellion, made it even more of a personal thing to Katniss. I think that Suzanne Collins also used Rue to be a furthermore example of how evil and wrong The Hunger Games are.

    But why are all the giveaways US exclusive?! What is the point of this blog tour if people outside the US can't participate? That's almost as bad as being racist. I think that Americans are sometimes so small-minded they can't even see that there are 194 other countries out there in the world, besides there own. I don't think I am going to come back to this blog tour again if it is going to be so small-minded.

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  176. I never quite thought of it in that way before, but totally agree!

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  177. Rue's death was heartbreaking, yet necessary for the story to make you feel just what the rest of Panem has been feeling for hundreds of years...hate. Rue's death is the epitome of why the capitol is so hated, and why a rebellion should occur...DOWN WITH THE CAPITOL!!!

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  178. I do agree with you---that Rue's death was a catalyst for the rebellion. I really hope they do the character justice when they make the film!

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  179. I definitely agree with you ! Rue really got Katniss angry, so Katniss took it out on the Capitol. You know it's bad to blame people, but it's a good thing she does! Cause technically it's their fault...

    ~Alison

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  180. Yes, I agree that Rue was one of the things that motivated Katniss to strive in the Games. It was then when she finally realized how unfair and merciless these Games were when something so horrible happened to someone so innocent, specially when Rue reminded her of her sister Prim.

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  181. Rue's death was without a doubt a contributing factor that sparked Katniss's rebellious spirit, which in turn began the rebellion. As depressing and tear-jerking as her death was, it was a nesscessary component to the journey.I am so excited for the next one! :)

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  182. Gale may have talked her ear off about rebelling against the Capitol in the meadow and Peeta confided in her that he wanted a way to compete in the Games and retain a sense of self but it was Rue's death that was Katniss' wake up call.

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  183. I have to respectfully disagree. Although I think Rue's death was a turning point for Katniss, and hardened her feelings toward the Capitol, I do not think that it was the turning point for the rebellion. Actually I think the rebellion would have happened whether Rue lived or died. I do, however, think Rue's death may have had an affect on District 11 and their willingness to join in the rebellion.

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  184. To be honest, I never really thought that much about it. I just sped read through the book because it is such a page turner.
    I agree that Rue's death had an impact on Katniss that propelled her to want to do something to teach the capitol a lesson but I think the rebellion would have happened irregardless of her passing. I also agree that the way Katniss handled Rue's death impacted District 11 joining the rebellion.

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  185. I think Rue was a turning point for Katniss, but if it wasn't Rue that triggered her it would have been something else. Katniss always had the capacity to get angry with the Capitol and rebel and Rue brought that out, but I have to believe that because Katniss is who she is, something else eventually would have triggered the same response. But I still love Rue and what she did for our hero! :)

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  186. I adore Rue. She was the reason I kept reading. She definately was the turning point.

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  187. I completely agree that Rue was influential to the rebellion. Even if there had been an uprising uprising, it wouldn't have been as full blown as it was if it wasn't for the uniform thank you that District Eleven gave Katniss on the victory tour. After this act of rebellion, all hell broke loose. And I believe that seeing the man get executed added fuel to her fire against the capitol.

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  188. If not for Rue, Katniss has no reason to fight in the Hunger Games. She and their mother are the reasons she fought hard in the arena. Rue for Katniss is like the image of innocence and hope that the Capitol can't destroy despite their manipulation and cruelty.

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  189. Rue was amazing. I completly agree with you...I don't think that many of things that happened would have if Rue and Katniss had not of met.

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  190. No, I completely agree. I was just talking to my mom about this yesterday when I finished Catching Fire (I read them both within like 2.5 days). I'm not saying that without Rue, this wouldn't have started eventually, but I think Rue truly was the catalyst and pushed Katniss completely over the edge.

    Even in Catching Fire, there are constant references to Rue and even Peeta gets caught up in it when he paints her picture during private training. Rue broke Katniss and made her soft yet strong at the same time, which I really appreciate.

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  191. I think that without Rue...Katniss would have just kept going with the games and not really thought so much about the harm the capitol was doing.

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  192. I think Rue made a good add to the whole Hunger Games trilogy. Katniss probably no matter what had happened made an alliance with Rue due to her caring and fine nature.

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  193. you are absolutely right about rue. the districts needed katniss to be their "spark," but katniss needed rue.

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  194. Mary D
    I think you're right about Jaime making an excellent Rue!

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  195. Totally agree. Rue changed the way Katniss viewed the games and sparked her anger. She didn't agree with the capitol, sure, but when Rue died, she changed from just being angry, to actually doing something about it.

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  196. When Rue died a new kind of rage went into Katniss's head. She wanted to do something, defy them, something to make up for them killing Rue. It gave her more strength to think she could still win, it gave her something to fight for.

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  197. I definitely think Rue's death was a huge factor in how Katniss started behaving. She definitely thought of Rue a lot like she thought of her own sister.

    Its kinda like the murders of Harry's parents in the HP series. Would he have had that same drive if he hadn't lost them?

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  198. In spite of how terrifying it was for Katniss to be there and witness the things that she did, she knew that dying was inevitable.

    Rue was the last straw and the catalyst that sparked a change for Katniss.

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