The Hunger Games Fandom Makes List of Most Devoted Fan Bases

Vulture  recently compiled a list and ranked the top 25 most devoted fan bases and The Hunger Games Fandom makes an impressive appearance at the number 7 spot!

Hunger Games
POPULARITY: Suzanne Colllins’s book trilogy is Amazon’s best-selling series of all time, while the 2012 film counterpart had the fifth-biggest opening weekend in history ($152.5 million domestic) and became the thirteenth-biggest-grossing domestic movie of all time ($408 million). Has inspired countless tie-ins (a cookbook, a sports club workout, a $999 Mockingjay pin).

FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS: 7.8 million

TWITTER FOLLOWERS: 657,000

FAN NICKNAME: Tributes

MAIN HANGOUTS: Mockingjay.net, Hunger Games Tumblrs

AVERAGE DEMOGRAPHIC: Female, teen, or teen at heart. Thanks to better writing and kid-on-kid violence, the franchise attracts a wider following than its vampire counterpart, Twilight, but the core audience is still young women.

DEVOTIONAL PROFILE: Mere hours after Jennifer Lawrence was cast as the big-screen Katniss in 2011, the forums were rumbling: She’s not skinny enough! She’s too fair-skinned! Her hair is (gasp) blonde! The immediate outrage over Lawrence — a 20-year-old Oscar nominee and an obviously talented actress — was about fidelity; Collins’s books enthralled young readers (and the elders who read along with them) because of their precise, horrifying detail. So cue the ever-vigilant Hunger Games fan Tumblr, which monitors casting notices and opines daily about which actors meet the exacting specifications of the source material for the upcoming sequels. They post set photos and analyze costume and makeup decisions. They speculate endlessly about which minor characters will or will not make it into the movie.

And though it is young adults (read: teen girls) who participate most enthusiastically in this online behavior, the Hunger Games phenomenon has overtaken their elders, too. It is hard to find a parent without an opinion on the franchise’s violence or a twentysomething female without an opinion on Gale versus Peeta. Most crucially, it is near-impossible to meet anyone who has not seen the movie: The widespread book-to-movie obsession resulted in an astounding opening and toppled all previous Twilight records. Should there be any doubt about continued interest, just consult the fan sites, where a never-ending war rages on about the physical embodiment of Finnick Odair and whether Sam Claflin is fit to play him. (Spoiler alert: He is probably not. But a record number of moviegoers will buy tickets to find out.)

You can check out all 25 fan bases by clicking here.

Thanks to DWTC for the tip!

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Mystery Tribute Spotted on Catching Fire Set

Looking at all the on set pictures of Catching Fire over the last two days, you could be forgiven for missing this one! It seems that Lionsgate have more cast more people than they would have us believe! Just take a look at the below picture, same shoes as the other Quarter Quell Victors, and same robe, could this be one of the as of yet unnamed Tributes? Sound off in the comments! Who do you think this could be?

Thanks to JJ on Twitter for the tip!

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This week’s tributes by Nikola Nickart

By now you know we’re HUGE fans of Nikola-Nickart, he constantly creates great fandom related art.  And you’ve probably noticed that once a new cast member has been announced by Lionsgate he creates a piece with the actor as the character.  Well feast you eyes on this weeks latest which includes all four of this week’s newest cast members!

What a week, right?  Let’s hope this trend continues through the weekend as I rather like getting a new cast member a day.  Though maybe I’m getting spoiled.  I’m sure whenever we get our next bit of casting news, Nikola Nickart will contribute something awesome to the fandom, as per usual!

There’s A Rebuttal For That – Complaint #23

After a while, they’re all just eyes and without the faces, it’s hard distinguish one from the other in a moment’s glance.

Complaint #23 – The wolf-mutts seen were supposed to have the eyes of the dead tributes.

TFGeekGirl, TheFandom.Net – Apparently Gary Ross explained why he decided to forgo that detailing, and I can understand it given the medium.  The pacing of that part was so critical, that to have them slow the momentum down during that point just to have Katniss and Peeta point it out to each other, and then all of a sudden have Cato rush in and start attacking wouldn’t have made sense.  I mean, he was there before they were, right?  Would he wait until they finished observing the details of their face before he interrupted them to kill them?  Because they would have basically had to give them time and us time to thoroughly look at those vicious faces and make the connection.  It works great in a book because books are all about the details, but not so much in a movie.  Yeah, it would have been cool to really see those eyes, or in regards to the concept art, those faces, but I was still impressed with what they looked like.  Read about Ross’ explanation and see the concept pictures by Ian Joyner.

Adam, HG Fireside Chat – This would have been an extremely costly endeavor, and it also might have caused The Hunger Games to lose its PG-13 rating. My guess is that they gave it a shot and thought it looked bad. And really, there’s enough brutality and viciousness in this film without it. It doesn’t really take away from the grandeur of the film, while leaving a little more for fans who have read the book to think about.

Aldrin, Down With The Capitol – I have to admit that I was initially disappointed with the mutts. The bit in the book about using the dead Tribute’s eyes in the mutts was one of the most haunting parts of the book’s finale. However, the more I thought about it, the more I was thankful they left the eyes alone. For the audience that didn’t read the books, there’s no way they would be able to pick up the significance behind the eye color unless it was explained to them. There’s already a running joke on Caesar and Cladius interrupting the Games to describe what Tracker Jackers are. Can you imagine them explaining about the eyes in the heat of the moment? It wouldn’t have worked.

Luly - I was surprised about them leaving  that out at first but now I consider that it wasn’t that bad. If they had included it, there would have been more explanation and time needed for Katniss to realize this, for the audience to realize it and to build the emotions on that situation. The use of the eyes was an element that helped show how cruel and vicious the Capitol was, which in the movie was already reinforced by Snow’s and Seneca’s conversations, by Seneca’s Nightlock scene and by Cato’s epiphany and how he came to understand, as a career tribute, that he was no more than another element in the games. With all those new elements, the idea of how cruel the Capitol is was explained without the need of going overboard with the mutts.

Courtney, WelcomeToDistrict12.com – Even in the hands of the most talented of CGI artists, this could have gone from an intense and terrifying moment to an extremely fake one.

Tanvi, Hunger Games Network - I did think there was a shiny green glint in one of the wolves’ eyes. Okay, maybe I’m stretching it too far and I’ll admit that did cross my mind, I don’t think it really mattered in front of the assault.

 

To see our previous complaints, go to our Rebuttal Page

We will be posting a new complaint and our argument against it each day until all 36 complaints have been posted.  We hope that if you didn’t like the movie for any of the issues we have coming within this next month, you will continue to hear us out and at least take into consideration our reasoning/rebuttal about it. Logical comments are welcome!  All others are invalid.

Hunger Games survival analysis

If you are interested in seeing some in depth charts, graphs and statistics on survival in the Hunger Games, look no further.  Grad student Brett Keller obviously spent a lot of time compiling this, totally worth checking out.

As a student of epidemiology and economics I feel duty-bound to apply my cursory knowledge of statistics to the novel natural cohort presented in the Hunger Games novel, as documented by author Suzanne Collins. I present a Hunger Games survival analysis: in a Cox proportional hazards model, which covariates are associated with the odds (or hazard ratios) being ever in your favor? A taste of what’s to come:

The agenda:

  1. an explanation of the Hunger Games and facts relevant to this analysis
  2. a snappy literature review of peripherally-related things other scholars have written on the subject
  3. construction and presentation of data set
  4. do the Gamemakers rig the draw? an analysis of expected lottery outcomes in scenarios differing by tessera and demographic trends
  5. the main event: a Cox proportional hazard model to explore predictors of survival time in the 74th annual Hunger Games.

(Spoiler alert: there will be book spoilers throughout this post. I haven’t read the second and third books yet, so please don’t spoil them for me or others in the comments. I look forward to analyzing their data as well, and the integrity of this very important research will be enhanced if I can pre-specify the hypotheses I’ll test before I’ve observed the outcomes. Data-mining is not the  fanboy way.)

There is so much more, make sure you continue reading HERE

Mock Hunger Games at The University of Hawaii

This is one of the more interesting things I have read in a while.  If you attend the University of Hawaii and have a GPA of 2.0 or less, your name will be added to the reaping bowl!  Of course students will not have to fight to the death, but they will have to be interviewed in front of a live audience. This interview will also stream live on the university’s website, which could be pretty embarrassing!    See details below!

The University of Hawaii may be the first educational institution to implement a learning system that mocks the popular book series “The Hunger Games.”

In the books, children are chosen from each district to fight till the death in what is called the Hunger Games.

Similarly, UH officials have decided to create their own version of the game amongst failing undergraduate students — or those who have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or lower — where their names will be put into a drawing to become a “tribute.”

One male and one female student from each of the 10 campuses of the university will be chosen as tribute.

But don’t worry, folks. They don’t actually have to kill each other in order to win.

Rather, they must go through weeks of training by being interviewed in front of a live audience, which will be streamed on the university’s website in realtime, and also by being enrolled in study hall for at least four hours a day.

Needless to say, these 20 students will be under the pressure of having their friends and family watching them, which officials hope will motivate students to improve on their grades in order to avoid public embarrassment.

Though officials are unsure about the details that go into the new system, the ‘Games’ have been planned to happen every summer. The 20 students or tributes will be chosen by a random lottery a week after spring semester finals.

If the University of Hawaii actually succeeds at improving students’ grades with its new system, other university officials say they might just practice it themselves as a fun and innovate way for the community to get involved with student education.

What do you think of this? If nothing else I do believe this could be a good motivator to get students to keep their grades up.  It would work on me!

Source: Seattle University Spectator Blog

Make sure you click on that link above to reveal the true nature of these games!  This was all an April Fool’s prank – Good job University of Hawaii!

Isabelle Fuhrman on Good Day LA

Isabelle Fuhrman , who plays District 2 Tribute Clove, was interviewed recently on Good Day LA! Isabelle, who couldn’t be farther from her on screen character, talks about keeping the part secret from her friends at first, violence not being the whole point of The Hunger Games story, her role in Orphan, and what she’s up to at the minute. We also get a little cameo from Momma Fuhrman! :)

Click the pic below to bring you to the interview!

Thanks to DWTC for bringing this to our attention :)

Plus: For some more info on the awsomeness of Isabelle click HERE!

My Favorite Parts of the Movie! (Part 2)

Hello again! This is a continuation of my previous post on my favorite parts of The Hunger Games movie. You can read Part 1 HERE! As before, I’ve added a little commentary along the way, so enjoy! :)

  • The initial bloodbath scene. This was my favorite Hunger Games Score moment of the movie. The lack of action noise with this playing in the background was simply EPIC!
  • Katniss bumping into Foxface and their interaction. I love this because it shows the difference between the Careers and the rest of the Tributes. The Careers are so ready to kill versus the rest of the Tributes who just aren’t there yet.
  • The butterfly in the arena.
  • All the Gamemakers’ behind the scenes scenes. I think these were such an awesome addition to the movie, and the Minority Report-esque technology was perfect!
  • “I like you. Be careful.” So foreboding, especially giving the extra Seneca scene at the end. But we’ll get to that later..

  • Katniss finding the camera in the tree.
  • District 8 Girl’s blood curdling scream! I’m also kind of glad that Peeta wasn’t the one who killed her.
  • Katniss vs. Fire Balls. Love that you can see the fire coming at her reflected in her eyes.
  • The pained look on Haymitch’s face when he sees Katniss suffering with her burn. :(
  • Haymitch’s look of disgust watching the Capitol kids pretend they’re in The Hunger Games.
  • Cato and Glimmer? Since when are they a thing, did I miss something? Poor Clove.
  • The tracker jacker scene. This was perfection. I love how they didn’t make them too fake looking.
  • Did anyone else think about Josh’s prank when Glimmer’s post-sting body came on screen?
  • The mine explosion scene.

  • “So is all that stuff true? About you and him?” I’m not quite sure if I think the smile that follows this is Katniss thinking about her and Peeta together and liking the idea, or if it’s a pleased smile that she is fooling people. What do you think?
  • Rue’s death scene. This was so well done! The first full-on tears moment for me. “Can you sing?” So so beautiful!
  • District 11 riot scene and Rue’s father. This possibly affected me more so than Rue’s actual death. Just thinking about what’s to come for Katniss is enough to bring on the tears! :(
  • Katniss coming to terms with the loss of Rue. This is the first time we see Katniss’ resolve not to cry break. Yep, the sobbing continues!
  • Katniss’ glare at the sky/Capitol/viewers. Marks the turning point for her in the movie I think. Up until now she is trying to merely survive. From now on she’s in it to win! This coupled with the salute to Rue’s district was fantastic.

  • Katniss finding Peeta in the rocks. All The Awards for the makeup people!!
  • Katniss brushing off how bad Peeta’s cut is and refusing to leave him. “I’m not gonna do that” Awww!!
  • Katniss helping Peeta to walk whilst holding hands. Yea pretty much every scene they’re together requires an “Awww” of some description!
  • The Cave Scene in it’s entirety. Every. Single. Bit. Peeta talking about noticing Katniss in school, her braids, her hand shooting up at knowing the words of the song, watching her go home “Every day. Every day.” Anyone who says they don’t love Josh Hutcherson after watching this scene is just plain lying!
  • THE KISS!! ZOMG! Can I be Jennifer Lawrence? Just for a second? No? :(

  • Clove vs Katniss. Best fight award anyone?
  • Clove vs Thresh and Thresh’s subsequent sparing of Katniss for Rue.
  • Peeta putting the ointment on Katniss’ head. Man I REALLY wanna be her!
  • Katniss waking up next to Peeta and notices they’re holding hands!
  • “I’ll take the bow” HAHAHA I love Peeta’s funny side coming out, and Katniss’ smile at his joke :)
  • Katniss’ I’m really mad at you but thank God you’re alive moment. Plus can we please take a moment to look at Josh’s arms? #sighs
  • Mutts jumping out of the bushes and scaring the absolute bejesus out of me and everyone else in the cinema.
  • Cato’s speech on top of the Cornucopia. Hands down one of my favorite scenes overall and SO unexpected! Bravo Alexander Ludwig!! #Applause
  • THE BRAID TOUCH. So much said in the tiniest of actions.

  • The look on Prim’s face seeing Katniss coming home.
  • President Snow placing the crown on Katniss’ head and noticing the mockingjay pin.
  • Seneca Crane. Death by nightlock.
  • Peeta’s face looking at him holding hands with Katniss. Does he suspect?
  • President Snow watching the celebrations in District 12 and walking up the stairs.
  • Abraham’s Daughter playing at the end of the movie. Enough Said! The military sound of this song is so foreboding of what is coming in Catching Fire!
  • Can it be November 2013 yet?

So that’s it guys, my favorite parts of the movie! Can I just apologize now for practically listing out every single Peeta and Katniss moment, but hey, they’re my OTP! What can I say?

I hope you enjoyed reading and as before if anything extra stood out to you in the movie that I missed, feel free to leave a comment below!

The Hunger Games World Premiere Weekend – Part 4

ACTORS ON THE UP AND UP, AND THEN SOME

After about an hour and a half or so of waiting in the warmish sun, the carpet started getting busy.  I had my camera in hand and we peered to our left, to try to catch a glimpse of who would be first on the carpet.

First one that I recognized was Sam Tan, District 8’s Tribute Boy.  Although I had not seen him in anything else before, I was maybe a little too giddy about seeing him on the carpet.  Maybe because I am placed in District 8 as well according to thecapitol.pn.

 

Interesting fact:  If they don’t know who the person is on the carpet but he looks good, then people will want to take his picture!  Case in point, Matthew Tan, Sam’s older brother, who went with Sam to the premiere to show support.  I didn’t know who he was, but doggone for some reason I (as well as several other people) wanted to take a picture with him and even get his autograph!  Nice guy, went with the flow.

 

Next up was Ian Nelson, the Tribute Boy from District 3.  If you’ve read the books, you know what happens to this boy. I think his big scene was played out very effectively in the movie.

 

Here, you have three of the stylists, Flavius, Octavia, and Portia, played by Nelson Ascencio, Brooke Bundy, and Latarsha Rose, respectively.  When I took a picture with Latarsha, she was just as excited as I was, stating “This is my first time on the red carpet!”

I was able to capture some of the other tribute actors as well that came by but I didn’t get a chance to take a picture with: Annie Thurman, the Tribute Girl from District 9, and Ethan Jamieson, the Tribute Boy from District 4.

 

Amber Chaney, who plays the Avox girl, and Paula Malcomson, who plays Mrs. Everdeen, also spent some time on the carpet.

 

In the following picture, I got the triple threat when I was able to capture from left to right Chris Mark (he thought he could sneak away!), Leigha Hancock, and Kara Petersen together.  They played tributes from District 5, District 6, and District 7, respectively.

Judianna Makovsky, the Costume Designer, and Linda D. Flowers, the Hair Designer for the film also graced us with their presence on the carpet, and any accolades to them are well deserved.

That’s it for now!  I will have even more pictures from the black carpet this weekend, but I don’t want to overwhelm you all with one huge post.

Now go watch the movie (again, if you’ve already seen it!)

For more posts on the World Premiere Weekend:
Part 1 (Tent City)
Part 2 (Sunday Surprises)
Part 3
(Fans in Costume and Waiting)
Part 5 (More Supporting Cast)
Part 6 (The Star Squad)