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The Girl Who Was on Fire (Movie Edition): Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne… (edition 2012)

by Leah Wilson, Diana Peterfreund (Contributor), Brent Hartinger (Contributor), Jackson Pearce (Contributor), Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Contributor)12 more, Mary Borsellino (Contributor), Sarah Rees Brennan (Contributor), Terri Clark (Contributor), Bree Despain (Contributor), Adrienne Kress (Contributor), Cara Lockwood (Contributor), Elizabeth M. Rees (Contributor), Carrie Ryan (Contributor), Ned Vizzini (Contributor), Lili Wilkinson (Contributor), Blythe Woolston (Contributor), Sarah Darer Littman (Contributor)

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Title:The Girl Who Was on Fire (Movie Edition): Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Series
Authors:Leah Wilson
Other authors:Diana Peterfreund (Contributor), Brent Hartinger (Contributor), Jackson Pearce (Contributor), Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Contributor), Mary Borsellino (Contributor)11 more, Sarah Rees Brennan (Contributor), Terri Clark (Contributor), Bree Despain (Contributor), Adrienne Kress (Contributor), Cara Lockwood (Contributor), Elizabeth M. Rees (Contributor), Carrie Ryan (Contributor), Ned Vizzini (Contributor), Lili Wilkinson (Contributor), Blythe Woolston (Contributor), Sarah Darer Littman (Contributor)
Info:Smart Pop (2012), Edition: Media tie-in, Paperback, 280 pages
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Tags:own it, pop culture, cultural studies, sheroes, The Hunger Games, feminism, science fiction, politics, history, Smart Pop, read in 2012, read it

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The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy by Leah Wilson (Editor)

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While some of the articles were riveting, others had a more stagnant quality. I suppose it all depended on what you got out of The Hunger Games themselves. It definitely made me want to reread the trilogy, if that was the book's intent. ( )
  liveshipvivacia | Apr 26, 2014 |
While some of the articles were riveting, others had a more stagnant quality. I suppose it all depended on what you got out of The Hunger Games themselves. It definitely made me want to reread the trilogy, if that was the book's intent. ( )
  liveshipvivacia | Apr 26, 2014 |
I bought this book for a few reasons. One, I enjoyed the "Mapping the World of Harry Potter" so much. Two, the eBook version had some bonus material based on the movie. Three, I'd just seen the Hunger Games movie and wanted to sound smart when talking about it.

I don't think these essays are as good as the Harry Potter ones, for a few reasons. One, the authors weren't as well-established. They seemed too New York Times snobby (they certainly aren't my "favorite authors"). Two, a lot of the essays kept covering the same material over and over -- Katniss is a strong woman, Peeta vs. Gale, social stratification. It could also be that there's less material to cover, given that there's only three books. And each of those books tend to repeat each the same material.

I don't see any real reason to read this one. Unlike Harry Potter, I think The Hunger Games is too contemporary to become a legend. It's a sign of our times, and those times, they are a-changing. And don't think this revelation makes me happy. But I don't see a real reason to recommend this. ( )
  theWallflower | Mar 14, 2014 |
There are some real gems in this essay collection, but you'll have to look closer to the end of the book for them. Too many of the early essays focus on the love triangle (the worst aspect of the trilogy in my opinion) or the healing power of love (without bothering to define what they mean by that). Ned Vizzini's essay is a knock out, though. So ask your library to buy it and then borrow it. ( )
  JWarren42 | Oct 10, 2013 |
I received this ebook for free through NetGalley.

This review will contain spoilers for The Hunger Games trilogy.

Last week, whilst browsing NetGalley and eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Hunger Games on DVD (finally!), I spotted this. As I am a ridiculous fangirl, I instantly jumped at the chance to read more about Katniss, Peeta, Gale et al. As the first essay of the book proclaims, I was 'hungry for The Hunger Games' (ho ho ho).

From the very beginning, the book raised many questions that I - completely sucked in by the story of The Hunger Games trilogy - never really asked myself. If I was a citizen of Panem, would I follow the coverage of the games as eagerly as rest? Would I see the barbaric show for what it really was? I would like to think I'd be disgusted by the very idea, but in all honesty I would probably just be like all the others, which is really quite shameful. I found myself questioning why it is I like the series so much - is it the story, the characters, the way it's written - or could it be, that like the citizens of Panem, I'm easily drawn in by promises of violence, unable to look away? A scary thought.

After reading this collection of essays, I now realise I didn't know Katniss that well - as one essay points out, she shocks the reader when she kills Coin rather than Snow. Some readers may have seen that coming, but I certainly didn't. In fact, Katniss barely knows herself. I'm also reminded why I love the trilogy - yes, it's a Young Adult novel, of which there are an abundance these days; yes, there's a love triangle; yes, there's a female heroine/protagonist - but it's all so different. Katniss is strong, for one, but not obviously so. She knows how to survive and overcomes so many obstacles. She may be scarred at the end, but she works slowly through it. She has no time for romance - what a breath of fresh air!

One particular stand out point in these essays was the fact that Suzanne Collins really thought about her characters names. I knew whilst reading the series myself that the Capitol was based on ancient Rome, the citizens of the Capitol had the names of prominent Romans. But what I didn't think of was the fact that Katniss is a tough, durable plant, as Katniss is a tough, durable character; whereas Prim and Rue are delicate plants, and fragile characters. The stand out articles to me were by 'Reality Hunger' by Ned Vizzini, which intertwined his own experiences of media exposure with Katniss'; and 'Not So Weird Science' by Cara Lockwood, a fascinating look at genetic science and its possibilities in the real world.

Brett Hartinger's criticism of Mockingjay - which he didn't enjoy at all - was a brave move in a book created for fans. I felt that it balanced the book out, and gave it a more professional element - it wasn't just continual praise. What is especially interesting is that when I have spoken to people about the trilogy, most of them, including myself, consider Catching Fire the weaker of the three books. It was interesting to see it from another viewpoint.

I also had a few issues with the collection. Many quotes from the trilogy were used to illustrate points, and I feel they should have included page numbers for easy reference. I would have also liked some continuity - some authors felt the need to use quotation marks, others did not - it would be best if they all had, as sometimes it wasn't entirely clear where a quotation started or ended. One contributor also constantly referred to Katniss as 'Kat', which irritated me - though that is just a personal preference and I'm sure many other readers wouldn't be bothered.

Finally, Brett Hartinger claimed that none of the events in the latter half of Mockingjay were as memorable as the ones in The Hunger Games. The very sudden, unexpected deaths of Finnick and Prim? The bombing of the hospital? The variety of pods in the streets? The lizard mutts? All of those moments are just as memorable to me as those in The Hunger Games, in some way they are more memorable because by that point I'd spent more time with those characters, so the deaths were more shocking.

I was considering giving this book a 4 star rating, but when I compare it to other 4 star books I didn't quite enjoy it as much as I enjoyed them, so I am instead giving it a very solid 3 stars. I would heartily recommend it if you're a big fan of the series. Between starting to read the book, and writing the review, my DVD of The Hunger Games finally arrived. After reading this book, I now feel I can watch it with a new perspective.

This review is also posted at my blog, Rinn Reads. ( )
  Rinnreads | Sep 24, 2013 |
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Wilson, LeahEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnes, Jennifer LynnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Borsellino, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brennan, Sarah ReesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clark, TerriContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Despain, BreeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kress, AdrienneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Littman, Sarah DarerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lockwood, CaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rees, Elizabeth M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ryan, CarrieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vizzini, NedContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilkinson, LiliContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The Hunger Games is, without question, a great series. Millions of readers have stuck with Katniss Everdeen through three books, two rounds of Games, and a war - and still can't get enough.
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Presents a collection of essays about the triology "Hunger Games" by author Suzanne Collins, discussing the major themes, characters, and social and political commentary contained in the works.

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