Panelist of the Week: Flo Tuesday 15 May, 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 Flo! In addition to working as a staff member at Down with the Capitol, Flo co-founded Book Nerds Across America and is also really, really skilled at appearing in press photos alongside (or behind) celebrities. In fact, if she looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve already seen her before (and that’s just one example of hundreds)!
Which is your favorite book in the series?
Flo: Mockingjay, for many reasons. I read Hunger Games and Catching Fire back-to-back, but I finished them months before Mockingjay came out, so I had to wait for it. During that time was when I really discovered and started to enjoy the Hunger Games fandom — I spent countless hours in chat rooms talking with other Tributes, sharing theories about Mockingjay and fostering my love for the books as a whole. Then I read Mockingjay – the day it came out. I read it that night from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. nonstop — it was nothing that I thought it would be. It was just so very real and devastating….and perfect. It was as happy an ending to the trilogy as you could get while still being honest.
What do your friends and family think of your Hunger Games obsession?
Flo: I think they are amused by it. I was lucky enough to be one of the people who camped out in the Hob for the premiere of the movie in L.A., so if conversation reaches the point of me telling that story I explain with a straight face, “I slept outside for 2 nights. It was totally worth it!!” Then, it’s more of shock and disbelief. At the same time, when the movie came out, I think people more started to understand why I was so obsessed and appreciate the scope of The Hunger Games. Seeing pictures from the hugeness of the premiere, and then seeing me in all this international media right behind and beside these actors I think helped them to understand that I am obsessed, but that this is also something worthy of such obsession. It’s also had a positive effect. I bought an extra set of the books to use as a loaner set, and it has been traveling around my friends pretty much ever since I got it. And I think my badgering convinced several to go see the movie.
Which district would you most like to live in?
Flo: Ooohhh…my first thought was 11, because they grow food and I really enjoy eating. But then Rue said they don’t get to eat all the food they grow, and that actually sounds it could be a level of hell in Dante’s Inferno. You have to produce all the food but you don’t get to eat it?!? So, I guess I will go with District 3. I have a degree in I.T., so it’d be neat to be around all the neat gadgets and intelligence like Beetee and even the boy tribute in the 74th Games who mined all the food for the Careers.
Which Hunger Games character do you think you are most like?
Flo: Wow…tough question! How have I never thought of this? Um…I’m going to go with Cinna. I am nowhere near that creative, but I feel like if I was going to play a part in a rebellion, I would do it similarly to him. “I always channel my emotions into my work. That way, I don’t hurt anyone but myself.” He was one of the most important parts of the storyline, but he didn’t hold out berries or shoot an arrow into the force field — he quietly did what he was supposed to do, all the while making a statement with what he did and how he did it.
Which two tributes (victors included) would you most want to ally with in the arena?
Flo: Beetee for his cleverness and Katniss for her gutsiness and loyalty.
If you could ask Suzanne Collins ONE question about the series, what would it be?
Flo: Can you talk me through your thought process as you wrote Mockingjay?
What are some of your interests outside of The Hunger Games?
Flo: I love, love to read! Along with being a staff member of HungerGamesDWTC.net, I also work on The Matched Department, a fan site for the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie, and I co-admin a book blog, Book Nerds Across America. I love to travel, and you’ll more often than not find me on a plane to somewhere. I may also have an unhealthy addiction to Goldfish crackers.
You can follow Flo on Twitter at @FloeticFlo.