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Hunger Games Month: Let the Games begin.

The day has come. Today is the day where the Games finally begin and the first movie is finally released onto the world. Has it lived up to they hype? Is it as fantastic as it looks? Has it left me trying to form coherent and intelligent thoughts beyond screaming Jennifer Lawrence’s name over and over again while crying since 2:30 this morning?

In short, yes.

The proper review begins after the picture. I’m keeping them light, but beware of spoilers.

It’s impossible to start any review of this film without mentioning Jennifer Lawrence’s beyond fantastic performance as Katniss Everdeen. While there is not one bad performance in this film, Lawrence really does seem to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders as Katniss. From the opening moments of the film where she comforts her sister Prim after a nightmare to all the eerily silent moments in the arena where Katniss is trying to survive, Lawrence just GETS  what Katniss is all about and knocks it out of the park. And as I’ve said at least three times before this review, she might just be a better crier than Alyson Hannigan. Because as every Buffy fan knows, if Willow cries, the world cries with her. Well, if Katniss Everdeen cries, the world is a sobbing mess.

While Jennifer does indeed carry the film, she’s surrounded by a bright and amazing supporting cast. Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark was amazingly charming, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna made my heart swell, Isabelle Fuhrman as Clove was absolutely frightening, and Woody Harrelson made me realize how much I really do love Haymitch Abernathy. I could go on all day about how amazing the cast was, really, but my three favorite supporting performances really had to be Willow Shields as Prim, Amandla Stenberg as Rue and Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket.

Both Shields and Stenberg managed to bring a severely emotional performance as the two 12-year-olds who are essential to Katniss’ journey. Stenberg in particular had everyone awwing and sniffling throughout the film, but her death scene and the funeral is what brought the biggest emotional sucker punch in the entire film. Even with the knowledge it was going to happen, it was still so painful. Matched with the followup scene of the riot District 11, that whole sequence brought chills through my body and left me sobbing in my seat.

As for Banks, her portrayal as Effie made me remember why she’s my favorite comedic actress. Even with the serious intensity running throughout the film, she managed to bring a certain sort of humor to Effie’s obsession with manners and decorum and her general ignorance. There is probably no line in the film funnier than her shocked and appalled delivery of “THAT IS MAHOGANY!” It’s not easy being comedic, but it takes some real skill to be appropriately funny in a film such as this.

Now to talk about the film as an adaptation of the book. Next week, I’ll be talking about my current re-read of the book, but the film is honestly the best book-to-film adaptation I have ever seen. Much like William Goldman writing both versions of The Princess Bride, the film is at a distinct advantage of having Suzanne Collins, who has had previous screenwriting experience, helping adapt the book. Many hardcore fans will balk at certain changes, like how the Cornucopia was actually portrayed in the film, the cutting of Madge and Lavinia and downplaying the prep team and Katniss’ search for water, but they were necessary cuts to keep the film moving. In their place, we get insight as to what’s going on outside of the arena, such as what the Gamemakers are doing, the riot in District 11 and Haymitch trying to keep his tributes alive from the outside of the Arena. These moments give a better sense as to the world of Panem, which was severely lacking in the book while Katniss was in the arena. These moments in the Capitol and the outlying districts also managed to cinch my belief that The Hunger Games is a retrofuturistic series, especially in the design choices for The Capitol.

One of the strengths of the adaptation, in my opinion, was how it managed to portray Katniss’ point of view without actually having her narrate everything. The use of silence, the occasional shaky cam as Katniss rushes through the arena and the special attention to details as she hunts and tracks through the woods. Mixed with Lawrence’s performance, the audience is able to understand Katniss’ mental state without everything needing to be spelled out.

The ending of the film is a bit rushed after Katniss and Peeta exit the arena and some characters do seem to disappear or not get as much focus as they should (much like the book), but it leaves it in a perfect place for Catching Fire to pick up. Even with those flaws, Gary Ross and company have managed to create an amazing film that is both a great adaptation of a book and an amazing science fiction film. I can only hope Catching Fire will be a successful followup, but the building blocks have been successfully laid in a film that has made me feel feelings I haven’t felt since I saw Joss Whedon’s Serenity many years ago.

Hunger Games month concludes next week with my assessment of the score, my feelings re-reading the book, and what we need to expect from Catching Fire.

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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Books, Film

 

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Hunger Games Month: A look at Songs from District 12 and Beyond

Happy West Coast Wednesday! Yeah, this one is a little late for me. First off, my latest review at Steampunk Chronicle went up and I can now confirm that I will be at The Steampunk Empire Symposium in late April! More on that later, but let’s get down to what you came here for.

Ever since T-Bone Burnett was announced as the music supervisor for The Hunger Games, I’ve probably been more excited for the soundtrack than the movie. Even more so when Glen Hansard revealed he had been writing songs for the movie. With the elements, it was assuring me that the soundtrack was going to be my anachronistic retrofuturistic dream come true.

Thank you, T-Bone Burnett, for answering my prayers.

While The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond is more of an official companion album to the book and the movie than a soundtrack, it’s so fitting for the overall feeling of the universe. As a Hunger Games fan, the running themes and references to the books make me so joyful to know that the artists involved actually tried to fit within the universe. As a retrofuturist, the sounds were a fantastic blending of the old of District 12 and the intruding future of the Capitol.

The main single for the album was ‘Safe and Sound’ by Taylor Swift and Civil Wars. When I first heard it, I was genuinely impressed by ‘Safe and Sound’ due to the fact it wasn’t a typical Taylor Swift song. It showed a lot of emotion and real growth for Swift. However, it might have been the assistance from Civil Wars that might have helped on that one. I wasn’t as impressed with ‘Eyes Open’ due to the shades of her usual wide-eyed-everything-is-cotton-candy-ness popping out during the song. However, maybe writing from the perspective of Katniss Everdeen is what makes her a better songwriter.

The soundtrack has an interesting mix of mainstream and independent artists on the listing. Arcade Fire opens the album with the haunting ‘Abraham’s Daughter’, which takes a turn on the story of Abraham and Isaac that’s ultra-fitting of Katniss. Glen Hansard has two tracks on the album. Well, two written by Glen Hansard. His track, ‘Take The Heartland’, is an intense track that feels like you’re right in the arena and holding your own in the Cornucopia. His other track, ‘Come Away to the Water’, is performed on the album by Maroon 5 and singer Rozzi Crane. Adam Levine’s voice isn’t as intense as Hansard’s, but it still carries across a strong emotional impact. It’s dark, fluid and fitting for the universe.

The most surprising track for me though was ‘The Ruler and The Killer’ by Kid Cudi. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the end result was a dark and reptilian track about totalitarian power. Very fitting for President Snow, the series’ main villain.

Along with that Cudi track, the ‘Beyond’ side of the title is covered fairly well. ‘Lover is Childlike’ by The Low Anthem reminds me a lot of Annie and Finnick of District 4 and ‘One Engine’ by The Decemberists is a high speed track that brings back mental images of the train ride into the Capitol.

The best tracks for me though are the one that really seemed to pay attention to the source material. ‘Nothing To Remember’ by Neko Case, while not mentioning Katniss directly, gets right into her head and puts her personality and emotional distance to song. My absolute favorite track on the album though is ‘Daughter’s Lament’ by Carolina Chocolate Drops. I’ve been a fan of the Drops for a while now (and will be reviewing Leaving Eden sometime soon), and I was extremely excited to see that they would be on the soundtrack. The Rhiannon Giddens written and lead track is about the death of Katniss father. Miranda Lambert and the Pistol Annies also have a song about it called ‘Run Daddy Run’, but the Drops do it in a style of an old folk song for District 12. It’s an amazingly emotional track that shows that the Drops just get District 12. If they make it onto future albums, I would not argue.

If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games and/or retrofuturistic folky music, I’d highly suggest The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond. It’s an amazing companion album to the universe of The Hunger Games filled with solid tracks from artists all across the board. I hope that they will be keeping T-Bone Burnett for future films because he’s put together something great.

Come back on Friday, because I’ll finally be reviewing the movie I’ve been waiting ages for…

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Books, Film, Music

 

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Hunger Games Month: What The Hunger Games is and isn’t

Since The Hunger Games entered popular consciousness, there’s been a lot of confusion over what the franchise actually is. Frankly, it’s kind of annoying. So today is my frank rundown of what The Hunger Games franchise is and isn’t.

Let’s start with…

The Hunger Games ISN’T Battle Royale rip-off – This is the one I’ve heard the most. Despite the fact the battle to the death trope has existed since the beginning of drama, people most cling to comparing The Hunger Games to Koushun Takami’s Battle Royale. Even so far as to call the entire concept of The Hunger Games a rip off of the BR act.

Which is complete BS.

Years ago, I saw Battle Royale on Google Video back when it had no US distributor. I had heard so many rumors about the violence of the film, so I expected something hyperviolent and brutal. Instead, I got a very solemn film from Kinji Fukasaku about the struggle of a group of teenagers with no experience in this situation trying to survive and the baggage they bring to the island. Maybe it’s a bit more prevalent in the book, but there wasn’t a whole lot about the government program behind the Battle in the film.

It’s inverse in The Hunger Games. We know of the struggles of the others around Katniss, but it’s mostly focused on Katniss. Through Katniss, however, we get a in-depth look at the ways Panem keeps those in the Districts under their control. Not just through the Games, but through everything else.

Though, to be fair, if The Hunger Games is what finally brought Battle Royale to the US, then who am I to argue?

The Hunger Games IS the dystopian counterpart of Winter’s Bone – I finished watching Winter’s Bone about an hour before writing this post and I finally understood why Jennifer Lawrence was cast as Katniss. In that movie, she plays Ree Dolly, a 17-year-old girl from rural Missouri who is on a search for her meth cooker father in order to save her family home. It’s a lot more subtle than The Hunger Games, but there are a lot of similar themes of survival and family throughout both works. If Ree and Katniss were in each other’s positions, I imagine that they would be following similar paths. If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games, check out Winter’s Bone, if only for Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar-nominated performance.

The Hunger Games ISN’T The Twilight Saga – This comes up a lot due to the fact that the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games is coming out right as Twilight is about to see the door. Many people who haven’t read the books look at the fact that the three main characters are a teenage girl and two guys that she’s interested in and assume that it’s a Twilight-like series revolving around the love triangle. The black cover of the first book probably doesn’t help.

To be frank, but As-fucking-if.

The series isn’t about Team Gale or Team Peeta. It’s Team Katniss. It is about her survival and her struggle through the Games and the following war. Yes, there’s a love triangle, but there’s not a lot of focus on it. It’s a part of the story, but it’s not the whole story. Besides, one side of that triangle feels like something of convenience for Katniss and is irreparable by the end of Mockingjay. 

Gary Ross has the right idea. Stop with this team junk. It’s all about Katniss.

The Hunger Games IS a lead up to war – Maybe I’ve covered this enough in the past few weeks, but The Hunger Games is just the beginning of an escalating series of events that spans the next two books in the trilogy. There were several times reading the books that I seriously wondered if  this was actually a series for young adults. Even in those moments, it gives a very clear and understandable look at the damages of war and living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you think The Hunger Games is intense, just wait. When we get to Catching Fire, this is going to get a lot more serious…

Wednesday, I get to do something I’ve been waiting to do for ages: I’ll be reviewing the soundtrack!

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Books, Film

 

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Hunger Games Month: The brilliant irony of Lionsgate’s marketing

On two different occasions, I’ve been witness to the same opinion by two different people who have no knowledge of each other. One is from my online friend Hunter, a high school student from Michigan, and the other from Ramona, my friend from my vocal class at Georgia State University. On two different occasions, I’ve witnessed these two talk about how ironic the marketing for this film has been. We have so much merchandise and hype for a movie about children who are forced into a battle to the death because they tried to feed their families. I do agree with them. It’s weird, it’s sick, and so very ironic to what Suzanne Collins was writing about.

It’s also kind of brilliant.

In this dimension, I specialize in public relations, which while it is not the same as marketing and advertising, has a lot of cross section with the two. It’s all about the public with these fields. Knowing how to relate to your public, knowing what it wants, and how to make it think about your product when it comes to their point of purchase.

Someone at Lionsgate was thinking right when they decided to assume the role of the Capitol. They must have known that there would be no other way marketing this film could work, and that the fans would eat it up so quickly.

And we did.

According to the Capitol, I’m a District 6 router. I’m one of many with a District Identification Pass (also one of many currently having problems trying to get my physical DIP). I’m one of many who waited eagerly to know who our tributes are, for the next clip from Capitol TV, for the next order from Seneca Crane or President Snow, for the next issue of Capitol Couture, for the next whatever thing coming directly from Lionsgate… er… The Capitol.

Is it totally ironic? Oh hell yes. We’ve pretty much bought into the Captiol in this process.

Is it totally one of the most clever and solid marketing techniques I’ve ever seen? You bet. By establishing themselves as The Capitol, Lionsgate has found a place that can totally be used again and again as the franchise grows. Just think ahead to what the marketing for Mockingjay will be like. We’ll get a chance to turn against Katniss Everdeen with this setup (and maybe be on her side with future growth). If Lionsgate does it right, we might get the propos as part of the deal!

But that’s all future right now.

Right now, I have to applaud Lionsgate. The buildup to The Hunger Games has been one of the most brilliant uses of both traditional and new media I have ever seen. They totally embraced the internet as part of their marketing and let the fans do as much work as their marketing department. As a result, we have a movie that even non-readers of the book are looking forward to.

I said some bad things about Lionsgate back in the day when Repo! The Genetic Opera was coming out, and I still stand by some of those things, but when Lionsgate markets, they go all out and it’s brilliant for everyone involved. Ironic merchandise and all.

I can’t wait to see where it goes when the fire catches…

Monday will be back on schedule with a rundown of what The Hunger Games is and isn’t. For now, I hope you all have a wonderful St. Patrick’s! Be safe, and Happy Hunger Games!

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Books, Film, Internet

 

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Hunger Games Month: Six Reasons Retrofuturists need to pay attention to The Hunger Games

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, readers! You get a special today due to the fact my own personal schedule made it impossible to do my blog on time this week. Instead of one blog post, I’ll be posting two!

First off, I just wanted to share my recent Backing Steam column, in which I interview Professor Elemental. Lovely chap, the Professor. I’d love to speak with him more in the future. Even more lovely is that he has since reached his goal on Crowdfunder! Splendid!

Anyway, to what I promised to post.

You know how they teach you in school that every rectangle is a square, but not every square is a rectangle?

That’s how I feel about Retrofuturism and Steampunk.

Steampunk is Retrofuturism. There’s no doubt about that. It’s what happens when the Victorians get a hold of our technology, or when we have to depend on advanced steam technology to get things done.

However, people tend to forget that not all Retrofuturism is Steampunk. Retrofuturism is a blending of old and new technologies and concepts. This can be Dieselpunk, Da Vinci’s technology advancing the Renaissance, or, in today’s case, a dystopian future where most of the world is in desperate poverty.

The Hunger Games is one of the best examples of Retrofuturism in mainstream media. However, I haven’t seen many people who share the same opinion. I can get enough opinions about the love triangle or the battle to the death (more on that next week), but I’ve only known one other person who’s recognized the Retrofuture elements of The Hunger Games.

Well, that’s what I’m here to do. Here are my six reasons that Retrofuturists need to pay attention to The Hunger Games. Spoilers follow!

1.) The setting dichotomy – The Hunger Games deals a lot with the settings of the District 12  and the Capitol and how different they are. The Capitol is pure luxury and technology that we only dream of today. District 12, however, is extremely poverty stricken and feels like it’s mostly out of place. Most of the districts from the reader’s understanding are. Their technologies are no where near as advanced as The Capitol’s. They live a life that doesn’t feel like a future society, so the Capitol lifestyle sticks out like a sore thumb.

It’s not just the setting though…

2.) The District 12 lifestyle – Getting to know life in District 12 feels like what would happen if people from the Coal Mining South held onto their traditions while the rest of the world collapsed and rebuilt around them. Life in 12 revolves around the mine and it’s very much set up like a mining town. The differences in culture definitely stand out in Mockingjay during the wedding scene in District 13. Where 13 is probably what many sci-fi writers had in mind when they came up with a militaristic utopia, for a brief moment, they get a shock of 12 culture when they celebrate with folk dancing and a fiddle player.

3.) The fashion – As I mentioned in my Effie post, Capitol fashion takes well after Neo-Victorian fashion with big hats, big bustles, big ruffles, and sleek suits. However, the clothes of the other districts, while simple, do have a twist of the old. Take Katniss’ Reaping dress compared to Effie’s for example. It’s such a similar vein of time at two different ends of the spectrum. If you hadn’t told me that The Hunger Games was set in the future, I wouldn’t have known any better.

4.) The technological imbalance and dystopia – From my personal experience, while many Retrofuturists believe in utopianism, they LOVE some dystopia. Especially when there’s a certain technological imbalance with who has access to what, who can make something out of nothing, and how the technology is used to keep those who can’t access it down. This happens a LOT in The Hunger Games, the biggest example being Lavinia’s capture in the woods of District 12 and subsequent punishment. Also, the main character in this science fiction series hunts with a bow and arrow. That’s about as archaic/anachronistic as you can get in a society such as Panem’s.

5.) The music – I’m reviewing the soundtrack next week, but oh man, I nearly jumped for joy when I saw the tracklisting. Seriously. Look at it. I don’t want to know any Steampunk/Retrofuturist who doesn’t want to hear most of that. Plus, along with their contributions to the soundtrack, Arcade Fire and The Carolina Chocolate Drops have also contributed to James Newton Howard’s score, which is sure to incorporate many of the retrofuturistic elements, but I cannot stop thinking about the fact that Arcade Fire wrote The Capitol anthem.

6.) The anachronistic elements help tell a timeless story – This one is sort of self explanatory. While science fiction is used as a way to tell stories of the fantastic that somehow relate back to our current society, it’s my personal belief that these stories are more effective if there’s something about it that is not quite current. This is part of the reason why Firefly was such a great series. Even though it was set in space, the more anachronistic elements of the show helped tell a very timeless, human story about survival and family. The Hunger Games does a lot of this as well. Through Katniss and what she experiences, we get a very intense story about survival, poverty, and (in the later books) dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s made even more real by the fact Katniss isn’t living with the colorful Capitol beings or surrounded by the highest technology when we initially meet her.

My fellow Retrofuturists, I hope that my list had convinced you. If it did, I will see you at the Games. If not, well, I guess the odds (and my writing) weren’t in my favor.

Stay tuned to this blog today. Later, I will be talking about the brilliant irony of Lionsgate’s marketing for the film.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Books, Film, Steampunk

 

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Hunger Games Month: Effie Trinket is my Style Icon

When I read the first book about a year ago, I never expected to like Effie Trinket as much as I do now. I saw her exactly the way Katniss sees her within those first few chapters. Obnoxious, oblivious, and overly polite. I also saw her as Kristin Chenoweth, but less Olive Snook and more Galinda Upland.

As I read the series further though, I felt an odd liking to the District 12 escort. Yes, she could be oblivious and very particular about how she wants things, but she was kind and she does legitimately care about her District 12 charges. She’s fond of them and she wants them to succeed/live. It actually made me a bit sad that we only briefly saw her in Mockingjay, but it was a comfort to know that she made it. Now she was that magic mix between Olive Snook and Glinda the Good Witch.

Now, a year on, it’s hard for me to see Chenoweth as Effie. Elizabeth Banks, who is one of my very favorite comedic actresses, seems just as natural for the role.

That wasn’t the only thing that came with the movie proliferation though. As the images from the film have increased as we get closer to the release date, the more I have realized that Effie Trinket is my new style icon.

As I said in a post a long time ago, so much of Capitol fashion takes from Victoriana fashion. The dapper, clean suits for men and ruffles, bustles, fascinators and hats for women. It made me feel quite justified in all my guesses that elements of Steampunk and Victoriana were taking over.

It’s not just that though… It’s the color.

In this dimension, I’ve become quite fond of jeans and t-shirts and outside of it, I’m often more about long skirts, button down shirts, and vests for easy wear and travel. However, I love color. I love fluffy skirts and fabulous heels that would break my neck. I love wigs, appropriate hair accessories and hats. And Effie Trinket rocks them all!

Early this year, I made a resolution to be a more colorful Steampunk. While I do like my dark colors, I am absolutely tired of this belief that Steampunks can only wear brown. Brown can be nice, but Victorians did enjoy a splash of color. I especially enjoy purple and blue myself. So with inspiration from Effie Trinket (and a little from Nicki Minaj), I set out to make a splash at AnachroCon with a very colorful outfit that Effie would approve of, even without the Capitol budget.

I sadly don’t have a picture of the full outfit, but here was the result:

The wig once belonged to a friend of my mother’s, the striped tie-on bustle is Leg Avenue purchased from Sock Dreams (as well as the unseen bright pink and black stockings). Everything else had been obtained at conventions or thrift stores over the past year. Overall, it was my take on the crossroad between Capitol Couture and Steampunk, and it’s something I plan to continue doing this year and beyond.

So thank you, Effie Trinket (and Hunger Games costume designer Judianna Makovsky) for proving that being fabulous doesn’t always have to be brown.

Wednesday, I plan to continue this thought by talking about why my fellow Retrofuturists need to pay attention to The Hunger Games.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Books, Film, Steampunk

 

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Hunger Games Month: The Mall Tour Comes to Atlanta!

Happy Hunger Games, Tributes!

You shall be happy to know that my AnachroCon and trip to Orlando went splendidly! Plenty of fun times were had by all and some were more inebriated than others. I almost made a return trip to my blog though to make a very angry post about how Patrick Stump has been mistreated by his “fans”, but I guess now is not the time for that.

Instead, I am here to start my official month of posts leading up to The Hunger Games! If you have been here since the beginning, you know that my very first post was on the recently released theatrical trailer and my excitement for what was to come.

Well everyone, the film is almost upon us! In fact, you might say that we’re in… The Final Countdown.

Okay, I apologize for that remark, but how great was it that I found an official countdown clock in Downtown Disney?!

Anyway, it was quite exciting earlier this week for Hunger Games fans in Atlanta. For on Tuesday, we were visited by The Hunger Games mall tour! Starting last weekend in Los Angeles, cast members from the film have been traveling cross country this week to help promote the film in its final weeks before release. Atlanta was the second stop on the tour and featured appearances from Jack Quaid (Marvel), Leven Rambin (Glimmer), Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh), Amandla Stenberg (Rue), and Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne).

I managed to get to Lenox Square Mall around 4, due to some time displacement issues. By the time I got there, Q100 had run out of wristbands, so I was unable to meet the cast. So was the rude mother who pushed me aside to try and get one. Still, members of the radio station staff were very nice and cordial for the whole thing, giving out free bottles of water and politely explaining how to fill out the question cards. And bless the staff for dealing with the fans trying to get the exclusive mall tour posters.

However, I don’t bless the person who gave me a papercut with one of them…

Before the Q&A started, I had a weird jumbling of what I expected to happen actually happening and the reality of the fandom actually setting in. Much of the audience were young girls with their parents or teenage girls, but there was also a fair amount of  women my age or slightly older, and not a lot of fangirl mothers. There were some rude and obnoxious younger girls, like the one next to me who thought that the fact that she had read the series more times than Amandla was a big deal and made her better than her, but that wasn’t always the case. In fact, I struck up quite a polite and intelligent conversation with two girls from Stone Mountain, the oldest of which couldn’t have been more than 15. Also, I applaud Jen Hobby from the Burt Show for not trying to act like the series was about the love triangle. I didn’t realize she was a fan of the series until she was there, and her reference to District 13 was lovely. It was actually quite refreshing to have some of my expectations skewed.

Still, once the cast got there, it got to be a bit hard. The crowds got pushy, my ears were ringing from all the screaming Liam Hemsworth fangirls, and I found the chanting of “GET ON STAGE!” while the cast was taking care of press to be extremely rude. Though props to the few people who tagged that chant with “Please!”

Even in these moments, the crowd singing ‘Safe and Sound’ in unison and giving the 3-fingered District 12 salute throughout the event was amazing to behold. It was nice to surround myself with people who got that.

The screaming for Liam continued once the cast was on stage, sometimes to the point of obnoxiousness (there’s only so much one can take requests of taking a shirt off or going to prom), but Liam seemed to handle it pretty well. In fact, he called the fans the nicest people he’s ever met. Well, one can never put down Southern Hospitality. As for the rest of the cast and Q&A, the questions were very respectful and the cast was an absolute delight to listen to. Liam admitted to his brother Chris living up to his character of Thor by telling him before shooting that the film is “The Hunger Games, not The Eating Games.”

Amandla was quite adorable when she told the story of coming into the audition covered in mud and twigs because she was determined to get the part, and that hanging out with the cast was like being around a bunch of 13 year olds. Dayo was lovely to the fans, giving us the District 12 salute before starting the Q&A, and Leven says that she got pretty good at archery during her time on set. The one who completely stole my heart though was Jack Quaid, who said that he made Marvel into a complete geek and felt like this whole experience was outside reality.

And his favorite movie? The Big Lebowski. 

Is it inappropriate to ask an actor over a blog post to be my new best friend? It probably is.

After the Q&A had let out, I began to wander through Lenox in hopes of finding an exit, but quickly came across the Microsoft Store, where the signing had taken place earlier. I quickly hid my Apple products and went in to take a look at the Hunger Games related technology that they had on display. The staff was very polite and let me take pictures for this entry.

I then tried to take a picture of the banner in front of the store, when yet another employee asked me if I wanted my picture in front of it. Well, how could I resist. Again, thank you Microsoft Store for being so cordial. I’m sure you’ve probably dealt with rabid Hunger Games fans the whole day, so the fact you were nice to this straggler was awesome.

At this point, there’s really only one stop left in Seattle, so any Seattle fans (and any readers in the future if they do this again), please remember to be polite when going to these types of things! It’s the least you can do for your fellow fans who are here for the exact same reasons you are! Welcome To District 12 has already covered that point, but it bears repeating! (By the way, if you haven’t visited Welcome To District 12, you totally should! They’re my favorite Hunger Games fansite out there!)

Hunger Games month continues next week with my love for Effie Trinket and an appeal to my fellow retrofuturists!

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2012 in Books, Film

 

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