Saturday, November 23, 2013

FaceTime Friday | The Hunger Games

Last week for FaceTime Friday, Christie & I recapped our incredible YALLFEST 2013 experience!
You can check that out HERE!
This week, we are discussing The Hunger Games! Very fitting considering Catching Fire is out in theaters NOW! Who has already seen it? Heather has! (Shhh….no spoilers for those who haven’t yet!)

We will be discussing Catching Fire in the coming weeks –
we just want to allow others the chance to see it first! 

But real quick, for those of you who are new to Turning PagesFaceTime Friday is a weekly feature Christie & I do to keep in touch and discuss books, movies, and more!

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September 14 2008 Suzanne Collins set The Hunger Games free upon the reading world. Though it would come to be coined as the “next” Twilight series, Christie and I maintain that each series is a standalone phenomenon in and of itself and should not be compared to one another. She swept us away into a dystopian version of Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest with a added love triangle bonus. How could we know that the phrase, “may the odds be ever in your favor,” permeate our lives as one of the greatest literary catch phrases of all time.

These are a few of our favorite quotes and yes we do tend to be Peeta-bias. 
We love us some Peeta…..bread.

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“Remember, we’re madly in love, so it’s all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it.”

“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”

“I don’t want to lose the boy with the bread.”

“Only I keep wishing I could think of a way…to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games.”

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Let’s talk about the book…

For both of us The Hungers Games was our first dystopian read. And thank you Suzanne Collins for making it such a wonderful introduction to the genre. We’ve made it no secret that we are Team Peeta. He had officially stolen our hearts the second he gave Katniss that burnt bread. Don’t get us wrong, we like Gale. No love triangle would be complete without feeling conflicted about both guys, but Peeta is the one we choose.
We really like how in this dynamic Peeta and Gale both want Katniss for her strong qualities, not to protect her from any weaknesses. One of our favorite things about this novel is that the strongest character throughout the whole thing is female, and perfectly depicted in Katniss. She radiates a strength and independence that makes a wonderful role model for young girls to emulate. Plus, it’s really hot. Ha. 😉

Though Suzanne Collins crafted a fast paced adventure that held us hostage for 374 pages, we did curse her a little for the heartbreaking anguish that is the state of Katniss and Peeta’s relationship at the end of the book.

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Now, let’s talk about the movie…

Because we love Peeta so much, we were anxious when Josh Hutcherson was cast to portray him. Not because we didn’t like him as an actor, we were just unsure at how he would fit into the character of Peeta. And we couldn’t have been more pleased. Josh Hutcherson perfectly represents everything we love about Peeta. That being said, Liam Hemsworth is also an excellent Gale. And we don’t think there is another female on the planet that could have brought the character of Katniss to life besides Jennifer Lawrence. Not only were the main characters of the movie cast perfectly, but we were over the moon for all the casting of the secondary characters. Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson portray both Effie and Haymitch to the letter. We also have a special place in our hearts for Lenny Kravitz (Cinna), Willow Shields (Primrose), and Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman). And that is a recipe for an excellent movie.

And how can I forget, this movie was filmed in and around my hometown. The setting for the Capitol was practically my backyard and filmed in places that I’ve visit my whole life. I tried desperately to become an extra, but unfortunately when you’re a college student, professors don’t consider that a proper excuse for missing class.

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Unfortunately, Christie and I didn’t get to see The Hunger Games together in theaters, but I did get to see it with my friend Hannah (shown with me above) and my husband even went! (Woot!)
Hannah and I made the shirts we are wearing in the pictures above that had each of our favorite quote prominently displayed on the front and the movie poster on the back.

We’d like to tip our hats to the wardrobe and styling department for seemingly capturing the costumes and hair styles of the citizens of the Capitol ripping them directly from our imaginations and placing them up on the movie screen.

This book to movie translation was almost seamless. It is one that we have watched over and over again, following in the footsteps of it’s literary genesis.

When it comes to anything dealing with this wonderful cannon created by Suzanne Collins,
we happily volunteer. 

Are you Team Peeta or Team Gale? Why? What was your favorite part of the first book/movie? First book only please! We will be discussing Catching Fire in the weeks to come – after we’ve both seen it multiple times. 🙂 

May the odds be ever in your favor. . 

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