One of the rebellion’s most important weapons was, well, advertising. Propoganda. Propos. Those videos of Katniss mid-battle in District 8, of the tributes who died in the Hunger Games, of Finnick being interviewed about the Capitol’s secrets. They’re yet another extension of the way what we see on television, like the Hunger Games themselves, has power.
We’re not trying to stage a rebellion, but we’ve still put together our own take on propos, for The Girl Who Was on Fire. These aren’t the slickly produced work of folks like Plutarch Heavensbee and Cressida (except, maybe, for Adrienne Kress’—she’s clearly a professional). They’re just a couple of our authors, reading excerpts from their essays, to give you an extra taste of the anthology. (And, okay, if you’ve been wavering on getting a copy for yourself, we’re hoping they’ll tip you over the edge!)
So, without further ado, our propos for The Girl Who Was on Fire. (You can also see a compilation video here, which includes all the videos below for one-stop, easy viewing.)
“Introduction” by Leah Wilson:
“The Inevitable Decline of Decadence” by Adrienne Kress:
“Community in the Face of Tyranny” by Bree Despain:
“The Politics of Mockingjay“ by Sarah Darer Littman:
(In case the videos do the trick, you can buy the book today! Also, if you’re interested in reading more about propaganda generally, we highly recommend Delia Sherman’s essay “Lies and Consequences,” from our Uglies series anthology Mind-Rain.)