#89 Fireside Chat: Reality Hunger Sunday 16 December, 2012

“Reality Hunger”

Miss the live show? You can listen to the recording here or simply use the embedded player below.

(Title inspired by Ned Vizzini’s essay of the same name. We interviewed Ned about his essay on Episode 8 if you’d like to hear his thoughts on the role of media/reality TV in The Hunger Games.)

Episode 89 of Hunger Games Fireside Chat will air live this Monday, December 17, at 10pm ET/7pm PT! This week, our panel of experts will include some of our fabulous friends from Down with the Capitol, Crystal of Mockingjay.net and FictionalFood.net, Tiffany from Victor’s Village, Natalie of Crushable, and Ariel of Nerdy, Wordy, and Almost Thirty.

– We’ll start out by discussing The Hunt, a new Hunger Games-style reality show that has been ordered by the CW. EW has summarized the show as follows:

In “The Hunt,” 12 tributes teams of two are dropped into the wilderness without food, water or shelter. They must compete in a game where they’ll rely on their physicality, survival skills and hunting skills to endure the harsh conditions and kill “capture” one another.

What do you think? Is this a bad idea? Are you horrified and/or disturbed? Or do you think it sounds like a fun concept? Leave a comment and let us know!

– We’ll then do a round of Catching Fire Pick a Page, so get your books ready!

– We’ll spend the rest of the show pulling topics out of our grab bag. Update: Below you’ll find a list of all the topics we pulled out!

From Matilda: Did Katniss and Peeta name their children in a Harry Potter manner after their dead loved ones?
From McKenna K.: Would you rather face off against Cato or wrestle Thresh?
From McKenna K.: Crackpot Theory: Johanna and Finnick were dating before the Quarter Quell.

You can chat with other listeners throughout the live show by using our hashtag #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): @AdamSpunberg
Savanna (Co-Host/Producer): @MlleNouveau
Down with the Capitol: @HungerGamesDWTC
Crystal: @pikko / @mockingjaynet / @FictionalFood
Tiffany: @twiffidy / @VictorsVillage
Natalie: @nataliezutter / @crushabledotcom
Ariel: @Madam_Pince

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  • Gabby says:

    I was horrified when I saw this news. It’s no real surprise that THG has had an impact on pop-culture, but it’s pretty disturbing when it goes DIRECTLY AGAINST THE MESSAGE OF THE SERIES! I hope it gets axed quickly.

  • tfgeekgirl says:

    In this day and age, nothing should really surprise me. Sure, there’s a great message to the story of THG, but it’s also become so popular that we’ll make ourselves up like those in the Capitol. We’ll have endless parodies in the form of youtube videos. We’ll buy all the merchandise and read all the books and follow all the people involved. There’s a reason it’s called pop-culture.

    So, of course it makes sense that people are going to try to make an actual show inspired by the Hunger Games – they know the potential is there. Sure, some people will say that’s wrong to watch a show like this, but those shows are pretty much already out there – Survivor, The Amazing Race (a show I do watch) – which pits teams of 2 against each other, The Challenge, Wipeout, etc. How do you think SC was inspired to write THG?

    I mean, if the Hunger Games books never existed and they created a show like this, would it be something you’d be interested in watching? When you think about it, it’s more like watching a sports-type reality show.

    I have to admit, it’s a brilliant concept for potential to draw in millions of viewers, but yes, there’s the potential for it to be taken too far. But I think that can be said about a lot of things.

  • The CW can’t possibly think that it’s appropriate to create ‘The Hunt’ if they are looking to jump on Hunger Games’ success. From the description of the show, all I can picture is a bunch of CW executives saying, “How can we make ‘The Hunger Games’ as real as possible without the consequences of killing anyone?”.

    I have to admit, the idea of a reality show that may show how people could really try and survive in the arena is super intriguing and that’s exactly why it doesn’t sit well with me. I could “laugh” at people struggling and root for my favorite contestant without any regret. I understand that of course they’re doing it for the cash, but can’t they at least respect the themes and lessons ‘The Hunger Games’ is supposed to teach society about the unsettling blurring between real life survival and reality TV?

    I absolutely love what the network did after the ‘Twilight’ films first came around by producing ‘The Vampire Diaries’ series. While it was similar to ‘Twilight’ in that it was a romance with vampires, it was still very different and now has its own separate fan base. I would love if CW found a way to do this with ‘The Hunger Games’ and have no qualms about them banking off some of its success if it’s done in a more tasteful way. I was so looking forward to the CW series based on ‘The Selection’ and hope that even if the redone pilot doesn’t get picked up, they create something similar. I’d absolutely love to see another YA dystopia novel or series turned into a TV show.

  • When I first knew that the Hunger Games books were going to have a movie adaptation, one of the things I feared the most was that, in the attempt of making it the next cool franchise, the main theme of the books could be left behind or minimized somehow. When I saw the movie, I was relieved, because it keeps the perspective of the books and I thought that nobody, no matter how little attention they might have payed to the movie (or the books, for that matter) could overlook what they were talking about. I guess I was wrong. I was disturbed when the nail polishes were inspired by things like “the night sky the tributes watch” because I felt it was, in a very Capitol-like way, glamorizing something that should be taken seriously. This is a whole new scale of doing that. Yes, people won’t die, but that is an extreme situation (I want to believe); the point is that, if we follow trends without thinking over our actions, if people take any easy-money-making idea and makes it happen regardless the consequences, things can easily get out of control. And, when it happens, we look around and wonder how did we get there.

  • Moira says:

    I don’t really like the idea at all because I think that Suzanne Collins was trying to say that we shouldn’t watch other people suffering for entertainment. Or at least that’s one of the many things she was trying to teach…

  • Moira says:

    I also think it could go horribly wrong.

  • Satsuma says:

    I think the release of this show also reveals what many in the fandom tend to ignore; that there ARE Hunger Games fans, though hopefully a small subset of them, who actually do find the actual Games to be what drew them to the franchise, and find the idea of the Games themselves to be exciting and entertaining. Remember, there are “fans” who thought that Coin’s proposal to subject the Capitol kids to the Hunger Games was totally justified, and many fans in the fanfiction world who give rave reviews to the semi-RPG “Submit Your Own Tribute” fics in which readers create characters that the author incorporates in to a Game; many of which are set in the “88th Hunger Games”, “200th Hunger Games”, etc; basically, AUs in which the rebellion was defeated, or never took place.

    I am, however, encouraged by how the panelists have, so far, expressed horror and disgust at the idea!

  • Amdillae says:

    I have only just had a chance to listen to this episode and I need to comment on the Katniss & Peeta children’s names. I don’t think that Katniss would be stable enough to have to call out names like Prim or Cinna when referring to her own children without breaking down every time she said it. I could possibly at a stretch see her naming a daughter Rose in Prim’s honor but even that would imho be a push.

    • Savanna says:

      We absolutely agree with you!

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