Thursday, August 19, 2010

Character Connection: Haymitch Abernathy

The Introverted Reader has invited us to share our favorite characters. Since I am currently Hunger Games-obsessed, all of my picks are going to come from this series. Check out her blog and share your favorites! **There may be some spoilers in this post, so be warned if you have not read the first two books in the Hunger Games series!**
Haymitch Abernathy is, in my opinion, an underrated character. He is famous for be a drunkard and a rapscallion, but he's no fool.  In fact, I'm going to put it out there: Katniss and Peeta would not have survived the Hunger Games (twice) if not for their mentor. I've not really spent too much time thinking about Haymitch's part in their success, but honestly--without Haymitch Katniss would've blundered her way into an early grave and Peeta would have, well, not been saved by Katniss. 

And, there's a sort of mystery lurking in Haymitch's past. I feel like he's haunted by the years of mentoring and the piles of teenage bodies who he's seen sent off into the arena. He's revolutionary and calculating, but not without heart. In fact, he probably cares more about Katniss and Peeta than himself. That's just how he is. 

I'm not giving away any of my Mockingjay predictions until the day before the book comes out (so, 8/23), but I will say that I think Haymitch will make some sort of sacrifice for the sake of Katniss. That's all I'm going to say about that. 

My favorite actor candidate to play Haymitch is Hugh Laurie. I don't really know anything about this man, and I hate his TV show, but he has the right used-and-abused but used-to-be-handsome look for me. I think he's perfect. 

Any additional thoughts on Mr. Abernathy?


  1. Oh, Hugh Laurie does have the right look! Great choice!

    I do think he's haunted by all the teens he's lost, but I also think he's got to have some sort of survivor's guilt. I know if he hadn't killed the others, they would have killed him, but that would still be a hard thing to live with for most people. You're right that he has a lot of heart, so he can't be dealing with all that well.

    I'm not sure that I like where I think you're going with your hint about your predictions, but I can totally see him doing something like that. Crap. :-)

  2. Ak! If Haymitch ends up sacrificing his life I might just cry. I love his character and I love that you point out that there is something haunting his past - I feel the same way! Haymitch is just so awesome!
    And I definitely agree with your actor choice - Hugh's personality he does on House works out great!

  3. I think this post is great. I agree with everything you've said about Haymitch. He really is a great character, more than just being hostile and sullen. He has appropriate reasons for his actions and you can tell that he does what he does for the sake of Katniss and Peeta. And of course you're correct when you say that without him, Katniss and Peeta would be dead. I love him as a character and I think Hugh Laurie would be perfect as him. The only thing I disagree with you about is Hugh Laurie's show, House. I absolutely think it's brilliant!

  4. You don't like House?! I LOVE that show; it's my favorite. :) I think Hugh Laurie is AMAAAAAZING! He's proven he is a terrific actor, and he can certainly play a character like Haymitch: rough around the edges, an addict, persistant, and harsh but caring. He's be the perfect Haymitch.

  5. Although I sort of pictured Haymitch a bit heavier than Laurie through all the year of living with his guilt and compensating with food and drink, Laurie is a great pick and I have to agree with Linz that his House character and the show it fantastic.But then after being a nurse for many years before switching to education, I am fascinated with the show. Great post.

  6. Ooh, Hugh Laurie is awesome! I pictured Haymitch to be heavier than him, but I could go with it to see Laurie. I love him.

    I think he is sexy still... ;)

  7. @ at fans of HOUSE: I don't like the show because I don't like ANY medical or legal dramas. I have issues...And horrible nightmares, so I don't watch anything that will encourage either. I've only watched it once. That was enough for me to know I could never watch it again.

    And, you're all right that Haymitch would be heavier from years of drinking. I didn't think of that. Thanks!

  8. Perfect link between Haymitch and Laurie. Both are broken somewhere. Both have secrets. BTW, I'm a big fan of the TV show. I do hope that we learn more about what lurks in Haymitch's past in Mockingjay. Four more days!



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