You’ll have to forgive me here, as I’m not too familiar with the Hunger Games (I’ve seen the movies but not read the books). I enjoyed the last piece that I read by you so much that I had to check out more of your work, and this piece tempted me.
I know about Rue and her death in the games, but don’t really know anything about her life before or her family, so I’ll take what I see here as canon =P
This is so heartbreaking. Rue is such a powerful character, and her death touched a lot of people really deeply. But I don’t think we see the effect on specific individuals other than Katniss much, and it of course makes sense that it would have a very deep effect on her siblings. In a way this story feels both very specific to Rue’s sister, and like it can be applied to countless siblings of contestants.
And the description of her mother putting so much care into the candle at Rue’s place at the tale. That is really intense.
It seems impressive that they would have managed to keep the younger children from knowing exactly what the Hunger Games were. Imagine going to the reaping, not understanding what it was for, and being chosen. Yikesyikesyikes. Somehow calling it “just a game” while suspecting something darker makes it more chilling than the children knowing the full truth. The description of Rue’s reaction when she was chosen is chilling.
I don’t want to keep reading. This is great, but I don’t want to have to feel what comes next.
“Rue says it all the time so I should be allowed to say it too.” The last time Rose refers to her sister in the present tense is an example of her wanting to be like her. This destroys me.
Wow, now I want to watch Hunger Games. I need to cleanse these feels with vengeful Katniss.
I just got home from a really nice two week vacation so I’m sorry I’m a bit behind!
I’m both excited to read this because Rue was definitely one of my all time favorite characters and because I know that you’re about to break my heart in under a thousand words. Also you mentioned that it was written in a child’s perspective which is awesome timing because I just read a guide on how to write in that perspective so it’s fresh on my mind!
I'm pleased with several things about this story, but the one thing that really stands out to me is that you focused on the way Rue's sister feels and perceives things and the way those feelings translate into her actions instead of being too introspective. I think for it really sells the perspective of the story and honestly helps me identify more with her.
Rue feels very true to her characterization in the books as like the kind, caring, loving, nurturing sister. She also reminds me a lot of my very gentle niece when you talk about her being the one to hold her siblings or that she would sing her sister a lullaby. I really, really liked the way you've portrayed her in her sister's eyes.
The candle part was just the tip of the heartbreak iceberg. It was really well written and a great ending for the story. Even if it killed my soul a bit.
You said it was your first non hp and I think you really nailed it! I hope you write other fandoms in the future too!
Hello! I hope you don't mind me stopping by? I thought this story looked interesting and no-one had reviewed it yet, so...
This is such a sweet, but sad story, as it's based on Rue's younger sibling's experiences once Rue has been selected to participate in the 74th Hunger Games, and having read the books, I know what's coming :( Rue was probably my favourite character from that first book.
I love that Rue would sing her younger sister a lullaby if she couldn't sleep; I'm sure that Rue wouldn't have been impatient or intolerant of her younger sister placing those demands upon her. From what we know of Rue's role in District 11 and her character from her behaviour during the Hunger Games, I should imagine that her presence was hugely missed, not just by her family, but also by her whole community. She was such a positive, resourceful and co-operative person who played a part in communicating using her whistle in District 11, to help keep others out of danger there, if I remember correctly. How her younger sister describes Rue's absence is very touching :( And the candle! OMG, the candle :'(
If I'm being super critical, the only aspect of this lovely one-shot that doesn't feel quite right, is quite a simple thing; the furnishings. Rue's district was not a particularly prosperous one (food shortages had been alluded to - Rue had never had a full groosling leg to herself before, the community had to save hard to send Katniss some bread), Rue also worked at the age of 12, rather than going to school. In light of this, I think furniture such as "comfy black sofas" are unlikely to have featured in any of the workers' houses, and even the number of rooms would probably have been minimal i.e. most of the family sharing. But, it's a minor thing and would be super-easy to fix. Plus, it doesn't really detract from the important aspect - the emotion that the story evokes.
As all your stories are, this one is beautifully written and very engaging! I really enjoyed reading it and although The Hunger Games wouldn't be my favourite fandom in the world, it's great to read (and write!) outside of HP once in a while. I think you did a great job wih this :)
Hey! I'm sorry it took me so long to respond to this- and of course you're always welcome to drop by ;)
I'm glad you liked the thing with Rue singing her sister a lullaby. Katniss mentioned that she was very protective of her younger siblings, and I can imagine her taking care of her sister is something she would do. She was such a sweet person and she had to go get killed- she was my favourite character too :'(
Oops, furniture wasn't a thing I'd really thought about when writing this, but you're absolutely right. I do remember District 11 being quite poor, with harsher punishments than District 12, I think. Thanks for pointing that out, I'll go edit it as soon as I can :)
Aw, thank you for your lovely comments, I'm glad you enjoyed it! And yes, I thought it was time to step out of my comfort zone and write something non-HP just for a change :) Thank you for the lovely review and kind words :D