#84 Fireside Chat: Fireside Recs: The 'Matched' Trilogy Tuesday 13 November, 2012

“Fireside Recs: The ‘Matched’ Trilogy”

Miss Episode 84 live? No worries! Click here to listen to the recording OR simply use the embedded player below.

We’ll be back to our regular Monday episodes next week. ๐Ÿ™‚

Episode 84 of Hunger Gamesย Fireside Chat will air live this TUESDAY, November 13, at 10pm ET/7pm PT! This week, our panel of experts will include Flo and Ellie from Down with the Capitol, Rebekah from Victor’s Village, and Kelsey from My Hunger Games!

– We’ll kick things off by touching on an interesting bit of news that broke last week: The new X-Men movie, which was due to start filming in January, has now pushed production back to April. Will this give Catching Fire some more breathing room? Does this mean that Gary Ross could have directed Catching Fire? Will this interfere with the filming of the Mockingjay movies?

– We’ll also weigh in on a recent article published by io9.com: “Could The Hunger Games Get Published Today?”

– Now for an exciting announcement! We’re launching a new, recurring segment on the show called Fireside Recs. Every month-ish, we’ll feature a book, series of books, or movie that Hunger Games fans like YOU are sure to enjoy. Our first pick, as you could probably tell by the title of this episode, is the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie. The last book in the trilogy — Reached — was just published, so we thought it would make a fitting inaugural choice. ๐Ÿ™‚ Our promo image this week features the cover artwork for Reached.

If you haven’t read the Matched trilogy yet and would like to purchase copies of the books for your very own, Amazon links can be found below!

Matched Trilogy Box Set (Hardcover) – $34
Matched (Paperback) – $9.99
Crossed (Hardcover) – $11.98
Reached (Hardcover) – $10.52

You can chat with other listeners throughout the live show by using our hashtagย #HGFiresideChat on Twitter! We recommend TweetChat to easily follow along with the conversation.

(If you missed last week’s episode, click here to listen!)

And click here for an index of all of our archived episodes.

Follow this week’s participants on Twitter:
Adam (Host):ย @AdamSpunberg
Savanna (Co-Host/Producer):ย @MlleNouveau
Flo: @FloeticFlo / @HungerGamesDWTC
Ellie: @MuchMoreMacho / @HungerGamesDWTC
Rebekah: @Rebekahdg / @VictorsVillage
Kelsey: @kelsey_jean / @MyHungerGames


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16 Comments

  • Hunger Games Bookclub says:

    Whoo hoo! I did not know that Reached had been published yet! Will hit the bookstore pronto.

  • The Vaultmaster says:

    I am relieved that the filming schedule for X-Men has been pushed back, in fact, I had hoped that it would be pushed back for some time, and was kind of riding on the hope that this announcement would be made. I think if Francis needs time to get Catching Fire right, then he needs it- and if he needs until January, so be it. As a fan of both Hunger Games and X-Men, I’m confident now that Jennifer will have enough time and preparation so she can give her all in both movies, and not to worry as much about when X-Men starts.I think this also means Francis and the rest of the cast (especially new cast members who are just for the first time experiencing a Hunger Games movie being made, like Sam or Lynn or Jeffrey) can relax a bit more and enjoy making the movie safe in the knowledge that they are not under time pressure to lose their star to X-Men.
    Also, this means clips of Eduard Khil (the late “trololo” guy) won’t have to be inserted into the scenes Jennifer didn’t have time to film, like Adam said might happen! Hallelujah! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Matched is harder to find in Ireland that you’d think…

  • Emily414 says:

    I can see where i09.com article is coming from, but I don’t agree with it. The Hunger Games is an incredible book with amazing writing and an irrevocable hold on its audience. I believe it certainly would be published today. No one can deny that it’s a great story, and great stories are what get published. In fact, if THG had not been published 4 years ago (if we’re speaking about Mockingjay) then I don’t think we’d be facing the influx of dystopian stories we have now. Yes, Divergent would still be around, and probably a few of the others as well, but I truly believe that THG sparked the dystopian trend, not Divergent. Furthermore, I don’t really understand the whole argument on how THG has a hard-to-love protagonist. Katniss is harsh and sometimes she can seem detached. THAT’S THE POINT. That’s what made me love Katniss, is the fact that she’s real and she’s flawed and she has no clue what she is doing half the time. It made her seem more relatable. It made her journey to happiness that much more tumultous and that much more incredible when she succeeded. With hundreds of thousands of fans out there who cried when reading the books, who rooted for her in thick and thin, who like me admire her and dream of having her courage and her strength, I find it hard to believe that Katniss is hard to love. To me, she’s just the opposite.

  • I found Katniss extremely easy to love and relate to. In fact, I loved her from the word go and she is one of my all-time favorite characters. I’m sick and tired of people telling me that the most unforgivable thing you can be, as a female, is to lack social skills, be emotionally withdrawn and not be sweet, nice, cheery and lovely, and that this is what makes you horrible and unlikeable, no matter how brave, strong, loyal, compassionate, loving, protective and self-sacrificial you actually are. Or that a female protagonist isn’t allowed to have issues, flaws and vulnerabilities the same way that a male protagonist can, without being labeled “whiny”, “bitchy” or “unlikeable”.

  • On the article: I think that Hunger Games would get published today and be well recieved, even if the fact that there are many dystopian books would give it less impact, perhaps. Still, it wasn’t the first YA dystopian book out there, what Hunger Games gave to the readers came from its content, from the book itself and not just because it’s a YA dystopian book. Not only the writing, plot, characters, etc. but also the fact that it’s a book that opens a lot of questions for the reader to ask himself and to the world around him. On another note, I think that Laurie McLean’s statement on Divergent being ” better written with a more intricate and interesting story” is a very debatable statement. But they’re both good series, let’s not go there yet xD

    On Matched: I haven’t finished reading the first one yet but, so far, it reminds me of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld more than it does to Hunger Games, for me: both have a seemingly perfect and controlled society where people feels “safe”, in both, when you reach a certain age you have to take part in an event that will change your life and that is considered something to look forward to and which is good for the society and for yourself (the surgery in one, the Match Banquet in the other), in both there’s a female main character that, for reasons that escape her, gets involved in a situation that will gradually make her reconsider her society (Shay’s escape in one, Ky’s face in the chip in the other) and the girls both have two “suitors”, one that is who is expected for her to be paired with (Zane in one, Xander in the other) and one that is an outsider, who sees things in a different perspective (David in one and Ky on the other). They’re both very interesting series, they have a lot of differences as well, but I just thought maybe it was interesting to point that out.

  • Grace says:

    First of all, I can’t tell you how weird it is to see a cover from the Matched series on a podcast about the Hunger Games, but I can see why HG fans would liked Matched. Both take place in a dystopian society where the government dominates a big part of your life, and both have the seemingly perfect guy (Xander is to Matched as Peeta is to the Hunger Games.) Both also have female leads who overcome obstacles and their government to be with the ones they love.
    As for the article– I can see why the Hunger Games might have trouble gaining popularity if it had been published recently. Just like most people won’t pick up a non-popular vampire novel because they’re sure its just a Twilight spin off, readers might not try the Hunger Games once they learn its another dystopian story, no matter what twists and turns the book throws in.
    That being said, The Hunger Games is completely set apart from most dystopian novels. Unlike the Matched or Delirium series, romance is not center stage. ( Enough said about that, there have been trillions of arguments clearly spelling out that Hunger Games is not purely romance. Neither are the previously mentioned trilogies, but I think you get the point.) Once readers start actually reading the hunger games, they realize how set apart Katniss is. She is not a mary sue. Peeta is not perfect either. Both of them are real humans, with real issues and struggles. Not that other dystopian books don’t, but the Hunger Games seems to bring there characters to life in a different way than any book out there, regardless of genre.
    If the Hunger Games were published yesterday, it would take some time, but I’m sure some dedicated fan would pick it up, see that it is not like any other book they’d ever read, and build a fandom from there. If it did it when it came out in 2008, it can do it again in 2012.
    And, wow, that was a long comment……..

  • Miranda says:

    Matched is the boringest book I’ve ever read. May skip out on this episode

  • Natalie says:

    I didn’t like Matched, it was incredibly boring. I’m skipping the episode aswell. Shame because i always look forward to it every week ๐Ÿ™

    • Savanna says:

      Hey Natalie! Sorry you didn’t like Matched — we understand that not everyone will enjoy it as much as we did. We only talk about Matched for the last 30-40 mins of the show if you want to listen to the beginning.

      If there are any books/movies you think we should discuss in the future, let us know! We’re working on compiling a looong list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This new set up is complicated for us folks that have trouble with computers…

    I have some suggestions of future recs series that I’d enjoy hearing you discuss: Divergent, Delirium, Graceling, and Uglies. Also, The Fault in Our Stars.

    • Savanna says:

      What new setup? We haven’t changed a single thing.


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