Panelist of the Week: Sam Tuesday 20 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 Sam, who is most known in the Hunger Games fandom for the brilliant unofficial scores that he has composed to accompany all three books in the trilogy. Our love and appreciation for Sam know no bounds; not only did he design our logo and compose our opening theme music, he also helped us set up our website. And he’s just an all-around amazing human being!

Check out Sam’s answers to our Q&A below:

Which is your favorite book in the series?
Sam: The Hunger Games is probably my favorite. I like them all for their own reasons but the first of any series is normally my favorite. That is when you are introduced to the story, the characters, and this world that you have never known about before this moment. And sometimes, in rare moments, that one book can change many aspects of your life for whatever reason.

What do your friends and family think of your Hunger Games obsession?
Sam: My family at first thought I was completely crazy for getting so involved in a book. But for the past two years this is almost all I have done. They have learned to love it almost as much as I have. As far as friends go, most of them dismiss the thought of someone being so involved in a fandom being able to retain their sanity (they notice the 3am Skype meetings and constant bags under my eyes). But over the past two years, I have gained some of my now closest friends through The Hunger Games and would never trade any of them for my sanity.

Which district would you most like to live in?
Sam: I think I would fit nicely into District 3. I am a huge computer nerd and love all things technology.

Which Hunger Games character do you think you are most like?
Sam: That is an insanely difficult question to answer. Because every character in The Hunger Games is so amazingly brave and awe-inspiring that it feels almost like lying to even compare myself to them. But for the fact I like to consider myself an artist, I would have to say Cinna. The way he makes a very subtle but extremely powerful impact in the rebellion against the Capitol is how I would hope to be if I were in the same situation.

Which two tributes (victors included) would you most want to ally with in the arena?
Sam: Katniss and Peeta! I know that is such an easy and typical answer, but I mean, come on…it’s KATNISS AND PEETA! Haha.

If you could ask Suzanne Collins ONE question about the series, what would it be?
Sam: When you started writing The Hunger Games, was there any point where the story started to turn against Katniss and her victory in the first book and was her death ever an option?

What are some of your interests outside of The Hunger Games?
Sam: Other than reading and writing music, I love playing video games. A good storyline in a video game can do almost the same for me as a good book. It allows you to interact with the story in a different way, whereas in a book the actions are laid out for you and you get to imagine everything else almost any way you want. In video games, even though the main story is laid out for you already, you can explore these worlds and do things that aren’t in the story just for fun. Two completely different but equally as fun ways to experience worlds outside of our own.

You can follow Sam on Twitter at @sam_cushion.

Meet all of our panelists:
Crystal
Theresa
Ariel
Natalie
Sam
Courtney
Kait
Tiffany
Shylah
Rebekah
Mary
Flo
Arianna
Ellie


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