#107 Fireside Chat: Surviving Rocks Sunday 19 May, 2013

“Surviving Rocks”

Miss Episode 107 live on Monday night? No worries! You can click here to listen to the recorded show, or simply use the embedded player below.

Episode 107 of Hunger Games Fireside Chat will air live this Monday, May 20, at 10pm ET/7pm PT! This week, our panel of experts will include Ellie from Down with the Capitol, Crystal of Mockingjay.net and FictionalFood.net, Tiffany from Welcome to District 12, Rebekah from Victor’s Village, and Amanda from HG Girl on Fire!

– To kick things off, we’ll interview author and survivalist Creek Stewart about his new book, The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide. (Click here to read our review of the book and enter to win a copy!) If you’ve got questions for Creek, leave ’em in a comment below!

– We’ll also chat about the new Catching Fire poster, which was unveiled last week via Lionsgate’s official Hunger Games Instagram account. Feel free to share your thoughts about the poster below; we’ll try to read as many comments as we can during the show!

– To conclude, we’ll discuss Chaff’s characterization in The Hunger Games Adventures and the fact that he does not appear to be missing a hand in the game. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments!

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Adam (Host): @AdamSpunberg
Savanna (Co-Host/Producer): @MlleNouveau
Ellie: @MuchMoreMacho / @HungerGamesDWTC
Crystal: @pikko / @mockingjaynet / @FictionalFood
Tiffany: @twiffidy / @WtoD12
Rebekah: @Rebekahdg / @VictorsVillage
Amanda: @Amanda_Akay / @HGGirlonFire
Creek: @survivalcreek


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12 Comments

  • CakesAndCupcakes15 says:

    I love the poster!! But I have to say I am a but disappointed with it. It looks a little fake and edited and it doesn’t look like katniss in the pic. However I LOVE how they incorporated the Mockingjay wings using the clouds, very clever I must say. What I also like is katniss is posing on the tip of the rock with her bow! Over all I really like the poster and can’t wait for another ‘surprise’ !!:D

  • Gregory says:

    I personally don’t think Chaff is a really important character (I mean, he practically vanishes into thin air once the gong sounds), so his having two hands doesn’t bother me. Of course, maybe this is just THG Adventures’s version of the character, we don’t really know how Chaff will look like in the movie.

    • It’s not about Chaff being important, it’s about removing every physical disability from the franchise, as they pointed out. Chaff missing a hand – and the fact he didn’t want a prosthetic – is one of the defining, most memorable things about him. Making him have 2 hands is like making Mags 20 years younger or the morphlings well-adjusted and healthy. It would be incredibly stupid and pointless – you just need to show him without a hand, which can easily be done with effects, they wouldn’t need to waste time or dialogue on it.

      But I wouldn’t assume that he will have two hands in the movie.. What if the people who made the Game weren’t paying attention? What if they didn’t want a one-handed character? What if they just saw the actor’s picture and based it off him, not realizing that the character is missing a hand? What if they saw a shot of him from the movie without the digital removal of the hand? In any case, I think it’s jumping the gun to assume that they’ve done something so stupid in the movie as make Chaff a non-disabled character.

      • Savanna says:

        We’re glad you understand our concern! (And weird, why is our comment form suddenly all out of proportion? Yikes, must fix that!)

        Hopefully he WILL be missing his hand in the film, but I’m not optimistic.

  • Symscons says:

    Can you talk about Cannes, Covergirl, and the poster credits? 🙂

    • Savanna says:

      If we talked about all of that, our show would be 3 hours long. We’ll be discussing those topics on Episode 108 or 109.

  • Mel Cally says:

    This poster was kind of unnecessary… I like it, but it reminds me of the Lion King… The whole epic Circle of Life thing going on with Katniss standing on top of that rock.

    I can’t help but imagine her holding up Buttercup in the air with the caption under saying: “Tonight, we eat!”

    S/N Am I the only one who would have found it hilarious if they painted in Peeta’s face into the rock!?!

  • mse says:

    I have mixed feelings about the poster but my reaction to it is mostly positive. I like the look, the colors and the crumpled paper quality of it. It’s still not the kind of visual image I can imagine hanging from a building as a giant poster, but we have plenty of time to get more of that.
    The other thing is that so far both the Victory Tour posters and the portraits were done in a Capitol fashion, and those can be misleading to anyone outside of the fandom. While as I mentioned, this poster was clearly not made for huge marketing reasons either, it actually shows the real core of the series instead of the fake Capitol image that only us, fans, can really approciate. Basically Katniss with a bow and arrow is always a win marketing-wise.
    Still, I do have some problems with it as I mentioned. That book quote is just so obscure, and it seems like the poster was built around it and tries to alter its message into something heroic. The cliff could symbolise a lot of things, “standing on the edge”, “standing tall”, etc., but in any case it’s just too forced and as it was mentioned before by Mel Cally, too Lion Kingish. I do like the Mockingjay wing!clouds, although ever since I’ve made the Lion King connection thanks to this ridiculous tumblr post, I can’t help but see it as a sign from Katniss’ father from the great beyond that’s about to say something like: “Katniss, you are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life.”
    Sorry. I really am a Lion King fanatic. 🙂

  • Annie B says:

    Question for Creek, What made you decide to write a survival guide for the hunger games instead of another analysis book. I really love the idea of the survival guide and am extremely excited to read but I just want to know how you came to the decision to right about the hunger games. Is their certain aspects you focus on in the books? Like is it just about Katniss’ home life survival or is it based on survival tips for condition seen in the arena (obviously not that extreme) or both?

    I really like the poster actually. I think I may have viewed it differently then most people however. I viewed it as Katniss rising above everything. She is rising above the games and her victory and is transforming like the Mockingjay back into the person she was before the games, the person she knows and is comfortable with. The Katniss who spends her time in the woods, feeding her family and get by. I love the addition of the Mockingjay esque cloud wings in the background as well because its as if even though she is rising above everything she is still a symbol and a figurehead even though she is yet to know.

    I honestly think the fact that Chaff has his arm in the Hunger games adventures is because to be completely honest the game has terrible graphics and you can not honestly expect them to add every single detail into the game. It may very well end up Chaff is lacking his appendage in the movie or maybe like Peeta’s lackage of leg loss it will be see as unimportant and left out. To be completely honest the only time the fact that he only has one hand is only brought up seriously once and that is during the tribute interviews when they all joins hands and stumps.

  • MollieM says:

    Is it possible that they portrayed Chaff with a hand because they may portray him with a prosthetic that’s very advanced (i.e able to easily shuffle cards) in the beginning only to show that he refuses to wear it most of the time as an *&#! you to the capitol? It might be a stronger statement to see that play out on screen, especially to non book readers. But it could be wishful thinking on my part too…

    • Savanna says:

      That is very possible! I guess we’ll find out…in November! 😉

  • MollieM says:

    ps. I think it’s a great idea that the poster is actually Peeta painting! Looking at it again it seems likely that it could be.


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