Fan Art Fridays: Katniss Everdeen

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This is it, guys—the last movie of The Hunger Games trilogy was released today, marking the end of what many millennials found to be one of the most inspiring film franchises of the decade.

Katniss Everdeen is more than just the gorgeous girl you see depicted in the books and movies. She’s confident, strong, and symbolizes everything feminists have worked so hard to let the world realize what women are capable of.

I chose this digital fan art of Katniss I found on Deviant Art for today’s Fan Art Fridays because of how magical she looks as she stares up at the multicolored sky, gorgeous false eyelashes and jeweled crown softening her hard facial features.

For those of you going to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 this weekend, enjoy yourselves, and if you’re Team Gale, check out this fan fiction by Niamh2816 that I’ve chosen to go along with this week’s post in honor of NaNoWriMo:

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View the original fan art here.

 

CANstruction Presents: Hunger Games, StaTUNA of Liberty & More

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CANstruction, “May the odds be ever in your favor”

Who knew food charity could be so creative!

The CANstruction exhibit at Brookfield Place in NYC is a display of can art sculptures created by artists who entered the food charity competition this year. The food charity competition is held every year, and this particular exhibit is open until November 20th.

I was really shocked at how great these were. My favorites are the Hunger Games symbol, the StaTUNA of Liberty (love the word play there) and the NYC subway.

Enjoy some photos of the exhibit below!

1. StaTUNA of Liberty (made with cans of tuna!)

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2. Pavlov’s Dog (aka “Hounding Hunger”

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3. NYC Subway

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4. Hunger Games (aka “May the odds be ever in your favor”)

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5. Hunger Picnic

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6. End Hunger (made out of Chef Boyardee and Goya cans!)

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7. RIP Hunger

rip hunger canstructionI definitely recommend that you visit this exhibit if you have the time!

Learn more at http://brookfieldplaceny.com/Canstruction14.

 

Taylor Swift Pulls Music from Spotify

Looks like some of us Spotify users will never get to hear 1989.

Taylor Swift made the decision to boycott Spotify, pulling every single song from her artist profile except Hunger Games track “Safe and Sound.”

Spotify issued a statement after the singer’s harsh move, saying,

We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That’s why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community.

PS – Taylor, we were both young when we first saw you, but now there’s more than 40 million of us who want you to stay, stay, stay. It’s a love story, baby, just say, Yes.

Too bad we’ll never hear the song that lyric is from.

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According to TIME, “Artists earn on average less than one cent per play, between $0.006 and $0.0084 to be exact.” It’s no wonder Swift took her music off the app.

As an avid Spotify user, I demand that artists be paid more per play. Spotify has many advertisers and premium users, and they should be able to pay artists their fare share.

As Swift said,

Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.

I hope Spotify will once again host Swift’s rare music gems sometime in the near future.

New ‘Hunger Games’ Course Available at American University

Now we know where all the Hunger Games fans in the class of 2019 will want to go to college!

Professor Stef Woods at American University in Washington D.C. is set to teach a new course titled The Hunger Games: Class, Politics and Marketing.

The course description reads:

The Hunger Games trilogy is a publishing phenomenon that has dramatically impacted American popular culture. Using the series as a case study, this course examines the interplay of class, politics, ethics, and marketing. Topics covered include oppression, feminism, food deserts, rebellion, the publishing industry, and social media marketing. The course also relies on academic texts, online resources, videos, and guest speakers.

The course materials? All three books of the Hunger Games trilogy!

Students will be able to analyze the character Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and her role as a symbol of feminism in the trilogy.

“Is Katniss just someone who happens to be a female who led when she needed to, or is she a true feminist, and if so, how does she fit within history?” Professor Woods asked in an interview with Teen Vogue. “I’ll pick a few key female leaders and we’ll look at how she fares.”

I can’t say I wouldn’t sign up for this course.

Professor Woods also taught a course back in 2013 titled Contemporary American Culture: The 50 Shades Trilogy.

This woman is amazing.

For those of you at American University who would like to take the Hunger Games course, the code is AMST-320, and the class will be offered for the Fall 2014 semester.