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Complete The Asking Price by garamonder - T - Hunger Games

Discussion in 'Books' started by Inert, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. Inert

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    Title: The Asking Price
    Author: garamonder
    Rating: T
    Fandom: The Hunger Games
    Summary: There is no place in the Games for selflessness. The 74th Hunger Games as seen through the eyes of Peeta Mellark. AU.
    Main Characters: Peeta M, Other Tributes
    Chapters: 6
    Words: 34,218
    Status: Complete

    Link: FFN

    Basically a take on the Hunger Games if volunteering wasn't allowed. Obviously, there's no Katniss. Peeta goes into the Games solo with Prim and forges his own path.

    The writing is nothing spectacular IMO, but the story being told is captivating. Action, humor, sadness all wrapped up in a pretty short package. The character interactions are what set this fic apart from pretty much the entirety of the fandom IMO. Peeta is damn near perfect and a joy to read.

    Phenomenal way to spend a couple hours if you're familiar with the books. Easy 5/5 from me in a fandom filled with endless fluff and smut.
     
  2. Dark Syaoran

    Dark Syaoran Persona 4 Admin

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    You forgot the link. Added. :)
     
  3. I Burn Water

    I Burn Water Seventh Year

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    Jesus, this was an excellent, if short, story. Peeta was always the most interesting character in The Hunger Games, and this piece really captures that. I really want to read more stories in this vein now.

    5/5
     
  4. Inert

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    ^Couldn't agree more! Unfortunately I've yet to find any other quality, Peeta-centric stories in my searches. Plenty of dark stuff but way too much smut for my taste. The fandom is literally excessive.
     
  5. Narf

    Narf Administrator Admin DLP Supporter

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    There's so much I still wanted to do. I wanted kids, and family, and someone—who chose me, me above anyone else, who made the decision that I was someone worth dedicating something to. That's not selfish, is it? I wanted so badly to be worth something, but I'll never have the chance.


    Well then. Now I'm just sad.
     
  6. Nerox

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    Agreed, really sad, but an excellent work. Thanks for the recommendation.

    5/5
     
  7. Fatality

    Fatality Unspeakable

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    Yeah, that was seriously awesome. I always thought through the books that Peeta never really got enough credit from the rebellion for his part in inspiring resistance throughout the districts.

    5/5 for sure.
     
  8. Dark Syaoran

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    Great story. Don't know how I hadn't read it already, since I've seen that authors profile page before.
     
  9. esran

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    One of the few hunger games stories i actually liked, and I liked it a lot. The ending was kind of predictable though.
    5/5
     
  10. Newcomb

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    Fuck, that was good.

    It says something about a writer when most of the intermediate steps and the entire ending are 100% predictable and everything still hits you that hard.

    Honestly, I think the author did a better job conveying the absolute injustice and horror of the Games better than Collins. Peeta's POV is really, really good. He's more empathetic than Katniss, but he's got a kind of wry stoicism that just works.

    This is textbook, an absolutely perfect example of how to create drama and feeling by pulling back, by not overdoing it.
    You could add 25 words to the girl's dialogue and description there. You could add words describing the tone of her voice, or how her eyes looked. And each one would weaken the impact of that scene. Because as written it gives you just enough to let the awfulness of this bloom in your mind, and nothing more.

    Fucking A+. Heartily recommended even if you don't particularly like the Hunger Games.
     
  11. Custer

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    Excellent and saddening. 5/5
     
  12. Nemrut

    Nemrut The Black Mage Prestige

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    Yeah, concur with everyone here. Excellent story, very well written.
     
  13. Nazgus

    Nazgus Death Eater

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    Agree. I'm torn between wanting more and dreading a failed sequel.
     
  14. fire

    fire High Inquisitor

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    10/10

    And I haven't even read the books nor watched the movies.

    The Asking Price is just that good.
     
  15. Republic

    Republic The Snow Queen Prestige DLP Supporter

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    Read it. As someone who barely went through the movies and hasn't read the books, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this.

    As someone mentioned, the minimalist yet poignant approach to writing served this story very well. It could have easily needlessly been double in size.
     
  16. Mutton

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    Damn that was good. The only real criticism is that the action scenes could be a bit off but it was such a minor quibble in how the story actually grabbed your feelings and waterboarded them.

    5/5 for sure