i didn't compare disabled people to cats? directors need to make plot cuts so the movie won't be too long, and her deafness is a viable cut. as are the avoxes and peeta being an amputee. they are not vital to the plot.
no fuck that, Peeta;s being disabled was so so fucking important to his character and his story, the avoxes meant everything to me as an occasionally nonverbal person
disabled people are always fucking vital and we have every fucking right to be pissed about the continuing dehumanisation and erasure of us
the avoxes were a frankly astounding metaphor for everything the capitol did to people: hunting down people who wanted to leave, silencing and enslaving anyone who rebelled, and perpetuating mutual fear of one another among the people so they wouldn’t form real connections with each other. what would’ve contributed more to the film, having ‘that is mahogany’ in it, or showing katniss meeting an avox and having haymitch or effie pull her away, tell her not to talk to them?
peeta’s disability was not only vital to his character and the way he would interact with the world post-THG, but could actually have been incorporated into the movie very easily; the ‘fall down and kiss in front of the camera’ scene, the ‘don’t look at me like i’m wounded’ scene, the bit at the beginning of the arena when he has to swim for his life, the dozens of parts where they have to run from something. how easy, how quick, and how poignant would it have been to just pan the camera over his prosthetic leg when he tells katniss not to pity him, to have katniss ask him how his leg’s holding up when they’re checking on each other between running for their lives?
don’t say ‘it wasn’t vital to the story’. there was a ton of shit that wasn’t vital, but they kept it in, or even added stuff. cutting out disabilities was a conscious choice.
This. All of this.
The prosthetic leg is what slips in the snow. The prosthetic leg is why that scene happens.
Katniss deafness and the fact that the capitol fixed it is what provides cover for finding the forcefield in the Quarter Quell.
To the next person who says the Avoxes are not a vital part of the story and the setup: Castor and fucking Pollux are going to come out of fucking nowhere. And if they leave them out of the films, or take away Pollux’ disability (a little quick research says we’re safe from this), I will scream in the theatre and walk out.
There was about one line in the first two films about Avoxes, and that was in a passing “Oh, they’ll cut out our tongues” in such a vague way that it sounds like they’re talking rumors. If you were looking and knew who was supposed to be what, you can see the inclusion of the Avoxes in certain scenes (Their costume is perfect. I wish we could have had some real scenes and more acting than “Stand there” and “deliver wine”), but it was just as furniture. Scene dressing. Which I must admit has a meaning of its own, but I would have loved to see the interactions with Lavinia… (By the by, I just have to point out how perfect her name is… Speak, Lavinia?)
Oh man oh man, I was thinking about this the other day, and everything above is so right. I can almost excuse them leaving out Katniss losing her hearing since that does get fixed right away, but that’s before considering how she excuses knowing where the forcefield is in the Quarter Quell, which is pretty fucking important.
I can see also how fitting Lavinia’s story into the movie would have been hard, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t have had a teeny blurb with Katniss or Peeta going, “Hey Effie/Haymitch, how come our servers never speak?” or one of them trying to talk to one of the Avoxes and being told by Effie/Haymitch not to and why. It wouldn’t have been hard at all to include more information about the Avoxes that way.