Katniss and Rue On EW’s Best Crying Scene 2012 List

Since it’s the end of the year we’re seeing a lot of ‘best of 2012′ lists popping up, EW has a number of them and a certain scene with  Katniss and Rue made it as one of the best crying scenes of the year.

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Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Rue (Amandla Stenberg), The Hunger Games
Spoiler alert! Rue’s death scene is this blockbuster’s most poignant, heartbreaking moment – and it reaches its apex when a teary Katniss sniffles her way through a lullaby, comforting her fallen friend until Rue stops breathing. We’re getting misty just thinking about it.

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Official ‘The Hunger Games’ Trailer – One Year Anniversary

Believe it or not guys, it’s been one whole year since we first feasted our eyes on the official trailer for The Hunger Games!  I don’t know about you, but for me that was really a day to remember.   As soon as I heard that the trailer would debut that Monday on Good Morning America I quickly put in my time off request for work as this was something I couldn’t bare to miss!  I didn’t sleep a wink that night and as soon as 5 am PST rolled around I downloaded it on iTunes and found myself VERY emotional upon my first viewing!  Seriously, I must have watched it about 50 times that day!

How long has it been since you’ve last seen the trailer?  If it’s been awhile I think today is great day to revisit it!  Watch it below!

Donate to Victory Tour 2013!

Are you gearing up for Victory Tour 2013? Well, you should be! It’s the first purely Fan-run convention for The Hunger Games and may include other popular fandoms, such as Delirium, Divergent, Matched, and The Mortal Instruments!

Help make this convention the best it can be by donating to the cause and making sure that everything you’re looking forward to can be included! Here’s the official press release from The Gamemakers:

Victory Tour 2013 would like to announce the opening of the donations section of our website, where fans can contribute and earn exclusive rewards.

Different levels of donations will be available, including convention merchandise and exclusive opportunities only available through donations. More rewards will also be added as special guests are confirmed. Donations will not include the opportunity to pre-purchase registrations, which was previously available through the Kickstarter.

A Kickstarter was originally launched on September 10, 2012, but was cancelled after a legal discussion regarding the convention.

To access the donations, simply go to http://victorytour2013.com/ and hover over the “Support” tab to see the link for the Donations page.

Quotes From The Trilogy

Here’s  a nice compilation of many of the best loved and well known quotes from The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay.  Is your favorite included?

Source: Kati3kitty

 

The Hunger Games trilogy edges out Harry Potter to become Amazon’s all time best-selling book series

The Hunger Games trilogy have just made it to the top of another list!  Amazon announced that The Hunger Games trilogy has outsold the Harry Potter series, which is no small feat! See excerpt from Business Wire below.

Amazon.com, Inc. today announced that the Hunger Games trilogy has outsold the seven-book Harry Potter series, making Suzanne Collins’ three-part saga the best-selling book series of all time on Amazon.com, taking into consideration print and Kindle book sales combined. All of the books in the Hunger Games and Harry Potter series are available for Kindle owners with a Prime membership to borrow for free in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

“Since debuting in 2008, Katniss Everdeen and the Hunger Games have taken the world by storm, much as Harry Potter did a decade before,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle, Amazon.com. “Interestingly, this series is only three books versus Harry Potter’s seven, and to achieve this result in just four years is a great testament to both the popularity of the work and, we think, the growth in reading digitally during that time. Customers love these books and all three titles are consistently on our Top 10 lists in both print and Kindle formats, and ‘The Hunger Games’ is also the most-borrowed book in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.”

Click here to for complete story.

The Hunger Games rank in second on NPR’s best YA novels ever list!

Great news!  The Hunger Games came in second place NPR’s Top 100 Teen Books  list, right behind Harry Potter, pretty impressive, right?

As you can see from the story below, over 70,000 people voted and obviously a HUGH number of them voted for The Hunger Games! It makes us so happy to see how much love this trilogy continues to receive!

It’s almost a cliche at this point to say that teen fiction isn’t just for teens anymore. Just last year, the Association of American Publishers ranked Children’s/Young Adult books as the single fastest-growing publishing category.

Which is why we were only a little surprised to see the tremendous response that came in for this summer’s Best-Ever Teen Fiction poll. A whopping 75,220 of you voted for your favorite young adult novels, blasting past the total for last year’s science fiction and fantasy poll at, dare we say it, warp speed.

And now, the final results are in. While it’s no surprise to see Harry Potter and the Hunger Games trilogy on top, this year’s list also highlights some writers we weren’t as familiar with. For example, John Green, author of the 2012 hit The Fault in Our Stars, appears five times in the top 100.

Selecting a manageable voting roster from among the more than 1,200 nominations that came in from readers wasn’t easy, and we were happy to be able to rely on such an experienced panel of judges. But deciding what does and doesn’t count as a young-adult novel isn’t an exact science. If you’re surprised not to see some of your favorite books among the winners, you might want to look at this blog post, which describes the thinking behind the tough calls.

Click HERE for the complete story and the top 100!

The Hunger Games help raise awareness for archery

We’re all aware that The Hunger Games sparked a new interest in archery, a fact that has been recognized by archers themselves, including Olympian Jacob Wukie.  See Sports Illustrated writer/reporter Richard Deitsch’s tweet below!

How has The Hunger Games affected your interest in archery? Are you taking lessons? Will you be following the sport during the games this year? Let us know!

Of Japan and Hunger Games book covers

The US Hunger Games trilogy book covers are beautiful. They’re elegant, full of symbolism, and just plain classy as hell. I adore the designs. I think the original UK covers are hideous, and for a while I regarded them as my least favorite HG covers on the market. It seems like a long time now since they were my least liked, because it all changed on the day I typed “Hunger Games Japanese” into Google image search.

At first, I was in shock. What is this? Who drew this? What am I looking at exactly?  And then the laughter began. And then the spamming of command+v as I sent it to everyone I knew who would laugh as hard as I did.

Let’s just take a moment to analyze this thing. First off, when you think of The Hunger Games, do you immediately think “WOW. Wouldn’t that look GREAT as an anime? Peeta is totally kawaii, Gale is really Kakkoi, and Katniss is such a tsundere.” No. No sane person has thought that in straight-faced seriousness. Second, what in the world are those weapons? I’ve never seen a bow function like that, and that knife sure is something to behold. There are a number of things I find distasteful about this cover, true, but I guess I gotta commend the artist for keeping true to the character designs………..? (though I think the artist took the size of Katniss’ breasts a liiiiiiiiiiiiittle far)

I need to point out that it isn’t entirely normal for a translated book in Japan to look like this. It’s normal for cheap throw-away serials, yes, but not for things like this. This is utterly bizarre. If ever you get the chance to check out a Japanese bookstore, please do!  There is a lot of charm in the covers, the weights, the sizes of Japanese books. One thing I find particularly adorable (although it’s such a money-grubbing scheme) is the tendency of Japanese publishers to split translated books into multiples.

I breathe a sigh of relief. Because this joke-like version of The Hunger Games is no longer the only one available to Japanese readers. Earlier this month, 『ハンガー・ゲーム』 上 (part 1) and 下 (part 2) were released at the price of 620 yen each (before tax). The kicker is that they’re probably the same translation as the one above, since the translator remains the same person.

They’re lovely and very minimal. I love how they’ve split the Mockingjay pin into halves, made whole when the two books are put together.

I’m just glad Japanese audiences will be able to read the book in public before the movie is released nation-wide on 9/28.

Bonus: I misread Suzanne Collins’ name initially when I saw the new covers. I thought for a moment the Japanese said “Southern Cleanse”. I was extremely confused and blown away before I realized my mistake.

Second bonus: 

Here is one of the promotional pictures for the release of the books. On the right it says “shoujo wa tatakau — ai no tame ni”, which translated loosely is “A young woman fights in the name of love”.

The Hunger Games win big at the Teen Choice Awards

The 2012 Teen Choice Awards were given out this evening and The Hunger Games walked away with nine awards!   We won for Choice Actress-Sci Fi/Fantasy (Jennifer Lawrence), Choice Actor Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Josh Hutcherson), Choice Male Scene Stealer (Liam Hemsworth), Choice Villain (Alexander Ludwig), Choice Single by a female artist (Taylor Swift – Eyes Open), Choice Lip Lock (Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson), Choice Chemistry (Jennifer Lawrence and Amandla Stenberg),  Choice Movie Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and Choice Book!  Pretty sweet hull if you ask me!  See excerpt from MTV‘s coverage below!

Justin Bieber, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and the casts of “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” are all proud owners of brand-new surfboards after coming away winners at Sunday’s (July 22) Teen Choice Awards.

The 14th annual awards show was hosted by Demi Lovato and “Glee” star Kevin McHale and featured a host of multiple winners from across the entertainment landscape. It also saw performances by Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Flo Rida and No Doubt, who gave their first televised performance of their new single “Settle Down.”

Awards were voted on by fans, who cast a total of 134 million votes, Lovato reported during the show.

And here’s what they said specifically about The Hunger Games:

“The Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson was named Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and was quite proud of his new trophy. “I’ve always wanted to own my own surfboard, so now I have one. This is awesome!” he said. “The Hunger Games” was also named Choice Book and Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and Hutcherson and co-star Jennifer Lawrence were given Choice Lip Lock honors.

If you missed the show, you can check out this LQ version of Josh Hutcherson’s acceptance speech (thank you DWTC for the tip!)

‘Hunger Games’ nominated in five additional categories at Teen Choice Awards

A second batch of nominations for the Teen Choice Awards were announced today and The Hunger Games have picked up five more, bringing the total awards it is up for to nine (or ten if we count Liam’s nod for best male hottie, which we probably should).  The new categories the film is competing for are Choice Movie Chemistry, Choice Movie Lip Lock, Choice Movie Scene Stealer (both male and female) and Choice Movie Villain.  Here is the complete list of new movie nominations courtesy of  The LA Times:

Choice Movie: Romance
“The Lucky One”
“Think Like A Man”
“This Means War”
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″
“The Vow”

Choice Movie Actor: Romance
Michael Ealy, “Think Like A Man”
Zac Efron, “The Lucky One”
Robert Pattinson, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″
Chris Pine, “This Means War”
Channing Tatum, “The Vow”

Choice Movie Actress: Romance
Miley Cyrus, “LOL”
Meagan Good, “Think Like A Man”
Rachel McAdams, “The Vow”
Taylor Schilling, “The Lucky One”
Kristen Stewart, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″

Choice Movie Voice
Zac Efron as Ted, “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
Seth MacFarlane as Ted, “Ted”
Jesse McCartney as Theodore, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”
Chris Rock as Marty, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
Taylor Swift as Audrey, “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”

Choice Movie Chemistry
Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
Jennifer Lawrence and Amandla Stenberg, “The Hunger Games”
Will Smith and Josh Brolin, “Men in Black 3″
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, “21 Jump Street”
Mark Wahlberg and Ted (voice of Seth MacFarlane), “Ted”

Choice Movie Liplock
Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling, “The Lucky One”
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games”
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”
Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, “The Vow”

Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Steve Carell, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”
Kevin Hart, “Think Like A Man”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Avengers”
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, “21 Jump Street”
Charlize Theron, “Snow White & the Huntsman”

Choice Movie Villain
Jemaine Clement, “Men in Black 3″
Tom Hiddleston, “The Avengers”
Rhys Ifans, “The Amazing Spider-Man”
Alexander Ludwig, “The Hunger Games”
Charlize Theron, “Snow White & the Huntsman”

Choice Movie Scene Stealer: Male
Chace Crawford, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”
Chris Evans, “The Avengers”
Kevin Hart, “Think Like A Man”
Liam Hemsworth, “The Hunger Games”
Kellan Lutz, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″

Choice Movie Scene Stealer: Female
Elizabeth Banks, “The Hunger Games”
Ashley Greene, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″
Lea Michele, “New Year’s Eve”
Nikki Reed, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″
Nicole Scherzinger, “Men in Black 3″

Choice Movie Breakout
Sam Claflin, “Snow White & the Huntsman”
Julianne Hough, “Rock of Ages”
Joe Manganiello, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”
Noomi Rapace, “Prometheus”
Rihanna,”Battleship”

Choice Summer Movie: Action
“The Amazing Spider-Man”
“The Avengers”
“Men in Black 3″
“Prometheus”
“Snow White & the Huntsman”

Choice Summer Movie: Comedy/Music
“Katy Perry: Part of Me”
“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
“Rock of Ages”
“Ted”
“That’s My Boy”

With so many nominations the odds seem to be in its favor to win something!  Don’t forget the 2012 Teen Choice Awards air July 22 on FOX.