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Suzanne Collins

Review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Burns Hotter Than Its Predecessor

The consequences of war are far-reaching and come fast in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to box office juggernaut The Hunger Games. Based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling novels about a teenage girl’s fight against an oppressive, sadistic government, the thrilling Catching Fire brings out strong themes of inequality, the politics of fear, and the psychological impact of battle on people of all ages. Fully engrossing, and far stronger than its forerunner, Catching Fire keeps the sense of suspense throughout with a few dips, and backs up its plot content with plenty of action to hold audience interest. The two-hour-and-fifteen-minute run time hardly feels like it, when you’re swept away by the despotic world of Francis Lawrence’s Panem.

Do not volunteer. There are SPOILERS behind the cut.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Eleven As a Cupcake

You can always count on Nerdache Cakes to deliver the very best in nerdy confections. You can see the matching TARDIS cupcake over on their Tumblr.

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Great Moments in Advertising

Hunger Games Author Weighs In On Catching Fire Marketing

“I’m thrilled with the work Tim Palen and his marketing team have done on the film. It’s appropriately disturbing and thought-provoking how the campaign promotes ‘Catching Fire’ while simultaneously promoting the Capitol’s punitive forms of entertainment. The stunning image of Katniss in her wedding dress that we use to sell tickets is just the kind of thing the Capitol would use to rev up its audience for the Quarter Quell. That dualistic approach is very much in keeping with the books.”The Hunger Games series author Suzanne Collins speaking to Variety.

It’s an interesting statement from the author considering the conversations that have come up specifically in relation to the marking for Catching Fire. For instance, this Catching Fire TV spot brought to us by Subway (or this one), the Cover Girl campaign, or the nail polish released in tandem with the first film. Fans seem to fall anywhere from, “this makes sense,” to “this is so wrong.”

What do you think of their approach? Do they not go far enough to make the point shared in the novels?

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May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

Suzanne Collins Demanded Prim’s Cat Be Recast And Other Catching Fire Tidbits

Ok, I’m going be honest here: I had totally forgotten that the cat was the wrong color.

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Real Or Not Real?

Where Do The Main Characters Stand When The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Begins?

Those of us who’ve read Suzanne Collins’ book series know the characters we met at the beginning of The Hunger Games certainly aren’t the characters we get when we start Catching Fire. But how will they change in Francis Lawrence’s film adaptation? A recent magazine feature gives a few insights. 

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May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

CoverGirl’s Commercial For Catching Fire Makeup Emphasizes District Collections

If, like me, you skipped the MTV Music Awards last night, then you probably missed the premiere of this commercial. When we last posted about CoverGirl’s makeup collection for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, many of you were concerned they were missing the point: Capitol = Bad. But this advertisement shows us CoverGirl is taking inspiration from the many Districts in Suzanne Collins’ novels for their line. Although the looks still scream Capitol from what we’ve seen in the film adaptations, I have a feeling they know exactly what they’re doing here.

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Real Or Not Real?

3 Changes To The Hunger Games: Catching Fire That Might Annoy You

Taking a story from book to screen always requires changes but some haunt fans more than others (ex: Hermione’s Yule Ball dress). So beware, we’ve gotten word of three distinct changes from Suzanne Collins’ Catching Fire to Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Will they make you scream or say “meh?” Hit the jump to find out. 

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Badass Book Babes: Suzanne Collins Announces New YA Series, G.R.R. Martin to Edit “Dangerous Women” Anthology

The Hunger Games‘ Suzanne Collins announces her next series and George R.R. Martin promises some Westros content in the anthology he’s co-editing, so come on behind the jump for some news about books. Maybe you’ve heard of them? They live on your Kindle now.

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May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

Catching Fire’s Francis Lawrence On Sticking Close To The Book And Things That Spin

I think it’s safe to say director Francis Lawrence has a lot of pressure on his shoulders thanks to him taking on not just The Hunger Games: Catching Fire but also The Hunger Games: Mockingjay for Lionsgate. As with any adaptation, fans are wondering if anything major will be changed for the screen. Hit the jump for a few answers. 

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Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

The Hugo Nominees You Can Read on the Internet, Right Now, For Free

It’s a fact: every time the Hugos or the Eisners or the Harvey awards get announced, you sweep your eyes down a list of books, stories, comics, and movies that you totally meant to read this year, everybody said they were so good, but you never really get around to it. Or, you say to yourself, awesome, I have a new reading list! And then you never actually follow through.

Worry not. Here are all of the nominees for the 2013 Hugo Awards for excellence in science fiction and fantasy, with, wherever possible, links to excerpts and in some cases the full work available online, right now, for free. Get your read on!

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