If you are one of the millions of people who've read The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, you know that Finnick Odair is undoubtedly one of the most crush-worthy fictional males out there. He's freaking beautiful in every way, inside and out, and I know that's super cheesy to say, but I like cheese and Finnick does too and he also likes sugar cubes and whatnot so clearly you should vote for him. Also, you should vote for Gale and Peeta (July 23rd) too 'cause us HG fans gotta stick together, yeah?
Ah, but you are eager to know what you will get if you vote? That sounds just about right because I've got...wait for it...
PRIZES! INCENTIVES! GALOOORRREEE!
(stay tuned, because this post includes an ARC of the grandest and most shocking order and you will NOT believe it.)
-Prize #1: If Finnick wins this round, I will give away an INTERNATIONAL order of ANY Etsy Hunger Games-related piece of swag, with a value of $20 or less. T-shirts, jewelry, whatever.
-Prize #2: Win or lose, I will give away a copy of Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. Kaidan is the boy Finnick's up against and I have to admit that he's pretty great. Just not as great as Finnick, for this round's sake. ;) This prize is US/Canada only.
-Prize #3 (THIS IS THE REAL DEAL!): Jeri Smith-Ready, beloved and brilliant author of the Shade trilogy (Shade, Shift, and Shine), is giving away her ARC of The Hunger Games IF FINNICK WINS THIS ROUND. In case you didn't know, an ARC is an Advanced Reader's Copy, one of a book's earliest bounded stages and read early typically by only publishing professionals and reviewers. So this prize? This rare, precious prize that only has two available on EBay, both clocking in (haha, get it? Catching Fire reference?) at about $300? Yeah. It's freaking amazing as heck and you all need to go waterbend or something a freaking monument to Jeri. *NOTE: you can ONLY enter for this prize if you LEAVE A COMMENT on Jeri's blog post here. If you enter the giveaway on THIS blog post, your entry will not count toward this prize.*
-Prize #4: Jeri is also, on the same blog post I linked to in the paragraph before, giving away a copy of Sweet Evil! I know, she's so amazing. T.T So go enter!
-Sekrit prizes to be announced.
*These prizes do not require any extra action besides filling in the form below. HOWEVER! The whole point of this post is to spread word about supporting Finnick. So I also ask you to please vote for him. Since I cannot track whether or not you actually voted for him, I am basing this on an honor system. Please be thoughtful and wary of abusing the system. Thanks! :D
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And if all of that wasn't incentive enough, there is one last thing I can give you. My defense post:
“Want a sugar cube? […] They’re supposed to be for the horses, but who cares? They’ve got years to eat sugar, whereas you and I … well, if we see something sweet, we better grab it quick.”
Welcome, welcome, to the 2nd annual YA Crush Tourney! The time has come to select one courageous young man out of many for the honor of representing District Fictional in the eyes of the YA literary world.
Now now, eager ones, it is my pleasure to advocate the ever-so-handsome and ever-so, ah, disastrously charming Finnick Odair of District 4, Victor of the 65th annual Hunger Games. So let us begin, shall we?
I've been told that though my golden wig looks fantastic (thank you, thank you!), Finnick's real (ah! I despise admitting that mine is not naturally so beautiful!) golden hair, bronze skin (from days spent by the ocean), and sea-green eyes have been known to cause large crowds to faint. I hear that it isn't just large crowds of women, either. Now now, I know you all want to see Finnick, and while he personally is sadly occupied at this moment, I've got a portrait of him straight from Capitol Couture!
|Finnick Odair, Victor of the 65th Hunger Games|
Art by mseregon
That is mahogany! Don't touch the frame! No, don't touch the picture either, it's-
*glares* I suppose I should have seen this coming. Shall we move on?
Even though the Capitol food is delicious, people still don't mind their manners. It's quite a tragedy, isn't it? It's the same way with our Victors. They might be delicious *blushes*, but without a charismatic attitude, there's no way they could ever be so popular. It's not just his looks that Finnick has the crowd fawning over--it's his very personality itself. Sturdier than mahogany, cool and sweet as a sugar cube, fierce as his trident, and he even has real manners! That boy can fish you a dinner almost as luscious as himself, and all that trident-wielding (he can throw a trident--how absolutely delightful!) as well as his ability to weave knots of the most complicated matter edge him with a patience simply unrivaled. I've heard rumors too, that he can make even Katniss Everdeen blush. Now there's a man irresistable in both looks and personality! Katniss, dear?
“'Finnick?' I say. 'Maybe some pants?'
He looks down at his legs as if noticing them for the first time. Then he whips off his hospital gown, leaving him in just his underwear. 'Why? Do you find this'-he strikes a ridiculously provocative pose-'distracting?'
I can’t help laughing because it’s funny, and it’s extra funny because Boggs looks so uncomfortable, and I’m happy because Finnick actually sounds like the guy I met at the Quarter Quell.
'I’m only human, Odair.' I get in before the elevator doors close.
[...] "'Well, don't expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear.'”
Citizens of Panem- what? This isn't Panem? Why didn't you tell me, Effie? You did? I was listening! Peeta? What does he have to do with- *sighs*
Citizens of the world, hello. I am Katniss Everdeen. Effie has graciously asked me to praise Finnick.
It's the one thing I won't have to lie about. Finnick is brave, but he's also very reserved. I don't think most people realize this. They look at Finnick once and it's his beauty that's baited and reeled them in, not his ferocity.
He has survived one Hunger Games and a Quarter Quell, which I suppose I could say I did too, but I think on a bigger scale his life has always been much more destructive than mine. Back in District 13, I'd walk around and there's Finnick, always with a rope in his hands and knotting and twisting it all day. I asked him if he was okay. I don't think he ever answered me truthfully. Even though Finnick could have anyone he wanted, he loved the mad girl back at home. That's always stilled me, but of course he never had the chance to live a even half-happy life with her.
“'Did you love Annie right away, Finnick?' I ask.
'No.' A long time passes before he adds, 'She crept up on me.'”
“Plutarch rushes to reassure me. 'Oh, no, Katniss. Not your wedding. Finnick and Annie's. All you need to do is show up and pretend to be happy for them.'
'That's one of the few things I won't have to pretend, Plutarch,' I tell him.”
|Annie Cresta and Finnick Odair|
Art by mseregon
*smiles sadly* Thank you, Katniss. Now, I would despise ending on such a--what is that phrase you use?--sour note, so I do certainly hope that this scene from the Quarter Quell would cheer you up, if only for the slightest bit.
“Really, the combination of the scabs and the ointment looks hideous. I can't help enjoying his distress.
'Poor Finnick. Is this the first time in your life you haven't looked pretty?' I say.
'It must be. The sensation's completely new. How have you managed it all these years?' he asks.
'Just avoid mirrors. You'll forget about it,' I say.
'Not if I keep looking at you,' he says.”
Oh, there comes the train! It's my time to go. I guess there all comes a day when we must forge our own stories, yes?
Thank you, thank you! May the odds be ever in your favor.
P.S. Hey everyone! Juli here. Big thanks to Effie and Katniss for helping me out! I just wanted to let you all know that if you're interested in how else you could support Finnick, don't hesitate to visit my blog for all the details! It also happens to be my 1st blogoversary today, so I'd love it if you stopped by! :D Thanks! #FinnickFTW!
P.P.S. Why is it that I can never seem to find a picture of Finnick with a shirt on? (Not that I'm complaining!)