Panelist of the Week: Natalie Tuesday 06 March, 2012
To help you all get to know our regular panelists a bit better, we’ll be spotlighting one (or two!) here each week!
This week, we’d like you to meet Natalie of Crushable, an awesomely nerdy Renaissance woman who you’d most definitely want on your side in the event of a zombie apocalypse!
Which is your favorite book in the series?
Natalie: Definitely The Hunger Games for all the world-building and what I’ll always consider a good (but not outlandish) twist ending.
What do your friends and family think of your Hunger Games obsession?
Natalie: My friends are all big fans, mostly after I told them to check out the books. My parents are impressed that it helped me professionally, as I started covering the Hunger Games “beat” when I was having some trouble at my job. Interestingly, it’s the first fandom I’ve been involved in where I can also cover it for work.
Which district would you most like to live in?
Natalie: District 3, because I’d consider knowledge of technology a valuable skill should I ever be reaped. I’d hope that I could learn enough to either make weapons in the Games, or maybe even have a better understanding of the Arena’s mechanics than the other tributes.
Which Hunger Games character do you think you are most like?
Natalie: I don’t know if there’s a specific character I’m entirely like, but I will say that I share with Katniss the ability to compartmentalize. Sometimes to my disadvantage, as I can be too calculating and cynical.
Which two tributes (victors included) would you most want to ally with in the arena?
Natalie: Assuming we can pull from multiple books, I’d want to make an alliance with Foxface, for her ability to spy on others without being seen, and Finnick for his resourcefulness and adaptability to multiple environments.
If you could ask Suzanne Collins ONE question about the series, what would it be?
Natalie: A lot of your characters are killed by circumstance (Foxface with the berries) or indirectly by Katniss (Glimmer with the tracker jackers). Did you worry that having Katniss butcher everyone would make her less relatable? To that end, what are your thoughts on a lot of fans not liking Katniss by the series’ end?
What are some of your interests outside of The Hunger Games?
Natalie: I’m a playwright; my work ranges from reimaginings of classic characters to pop culture subjects like Trekkies and Twittering fetuses. I’m also the co-creator and co-writer of Leftovers, a webcomic about the ragtag crew of a food truck delivering food to survivors of the zombie apocalypse in New York City. Outside of writing, I’m an avid tennis player and cook. Plus, I can whup your ass at Scene It and other trivia games.
You can follow Natalie on Twitter at @nataliezutter.