#117 Fireside Chat: Unscripted 9.0 Sunday 28 July, 2013

“Unscripted 9.0”

Miss Episode 117 live last night? You can click here to listen to the recording OR simply use the embedded player below.

Episode 117 of Hunger Games Fireside Chat will air live this Monday, July 29, at 10pm ET/7pm PT! This week, our panel of experts will include Ellie from Down with the Capitol, Crystal from Mockingjay.net and FictionalFood.net, Rebekah from Victor’s Village, and Natalie from Bookish.

It’s time to go unscripted again!

We’ll spend the duration of Episode 117 pulling all sorts of listener-submitted topics out of our grab bag (a.k.a. “the topic cornucopia”). Who knows what interesting, funny, and bizarre things we’ll end up discussing! Leave a comment below if you have a topic you’d like to submit.

Update: See below for a list of all the topics we pulled out of the grab bag!
– From Gaby N.: How much money do you think Catching Fire will gross at the box office? Do you think it will end up being the number one film of the year like the Wall Street Journal predicted?
– From Satsuma: Would Gale have approved of Coin’s proposal to throw Capitol kids into the Hunger Games at the end of Mockingjay?
– From Emily D.: If you had a chance to be a Hunger Games character for a day, who would you be?
– From Paulina: Do you have any ideas for future Quarter Quells?
– From Anna: What do you think Capitol citizens do for the majority of the year, when the Hunger Games aren’t happening?

Thank you to EVERYONE who has submitted topics for our grab bag! 🙂

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 our last 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
Ellie: @MuchMoreMacho / @HungerGamesDWTC
Crystal: @pikko / @mockingjaynet / @FictionalFood
Rebekah: @Rebekahdg / @VictorsVillage
Natalie: @nataliezutter / @BookishYA

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  • Maia says:

    I really enjoyed the trailer , I loved when katniss’s dress transformed into the mockingjay!

  • Scottsdale says:

    How much do you think we will see (if any) of the Gamemakers Room, like we did in the first one. Will the audience learn of Plutarch’s allegiance before Katniss does? Do you think it is possible we will see him instructing people to trigger the fog, tidal waves, and monkey mutts as we similarly saw Seneca Crane do? I guess my main question is whether you think Plutarch will be portrayed as a villain through the duration of the film, or if he will show rebellious tendencies? Thanks! Love, love, love the show!!

  • monkeymutts says:

    The line that Cinna says in the trailer “are you ready to get to work?” Do you think they could possibly be including the part from the book where Katniss pretends to become a designer as her Victory Talent?

    • 4LoveIsStronger says:

      If they do end up mentioning Katniss’s “talent”, I would love for them to show Peeta’s paintings too. It would be a great scene.

  • nightlooker says:

    I’ve seen several fans comment around the Internet online that if the filmmakers are to take any liberties in adapting the films, that these fans would prefer they be changes, or additions rather, to the arena. As we only see a few of the sections of the clock arena, (the fog, blood rain, lightning strike, huge wave, monkey mutts, the jabberjays, and the unknown beast), do you guys think it’s possible that they could create different sections of the clock arena for the movie and show Katniss, Peeta, Finnick, Johanna, and Beetee (and more or less, depending on the time in the book) traveling through them? Thanks for the great show guys!!

  • Lauren says:

    What do you think happened to Gale? After he went to District Two- did he get married? What ended up happening to him?

  • Gaby N says:

    How much money do you think Catching Fire will gross at the box office? Do you think it will end up being the umber one film of the year like the Wall Street Journal predicted?
    (Great job on the show its amazing to listen to!!)

  • Lauren says:

    What would your strategy for the Games be, assuming you survive the bloodbath?

  • Twirl4me says:

    This is basically a What-If concerning Katniss’s ultimatum with the berries. At first it seems like kind of a win-win: Either both she and Peeta live and the victory celebrations go on, or they both die, but leave the gamemakers and the Capitol to deal with the fallout from 12 PO’d districts and a disgruntled Capitol audience with no new celebrity to fawn over. Katniss was counting on them preferring the former over the latter, and they did. But IF they didn’t, there’s what we learn later about how President Snow deals with any kind of rebellion or disobedience. He almost certainly would have had Katniss and Peeta’s families killed, and maybe Gale’s if he found out about their relationship . And since what they did was so public, he might have done it publicly to teach the districts, especially future tributes, a lesson about defying the Games’ rules. (Of course, there’s what happens to Peeta’s family and Prim later, but still.) Any other theories about what might have happened if K and P ate the berries?

  • Kristen says:

    I have a what if for you. What if Peeta had died in the first games would there have been a catching fire and a war and do you think Katniss would have made out of the games alive

  • 4LoveIsStronger says:

    I love your unscripted episodes!
    I have a couple of topics:
    1. How do the districts with more than 12 victors divide the victors’ village? Do they have the victors share houses or make them alternate living in there? Katniss never mentioned that career districts have more than 12 houses.
    2. What if Peeta really did die after hitting the forcefield? Would the rebellion have been as successful as it was?

  • Savanna says:

    Thanks for all the great topics, guys!! 😀

  • Tony says:

    We know that Effie has become a really big character in the film universe, and based off the trailer, we know that Francis is sort of expanding on her role and giving her more of a humanity. She isn’t really touched on in the Mockingjay book. But now that they’re splitting it into two films, I wouldn’t be surprised if they used this to their advantage and expanded on her story arc. I’d love it that maybe sort of take in place the prep team’s role in Mockingjay and be kept hostage in District 13, or saved from the Capitol. She’ll slowly realize the Capitol’s evil and possibly have a makeover where she uses a lot less makeup, remove the wigs and become more ‘natural’. By part 2, we’ll see the ‘real Effie’. No makeup, no wigs, someone who cares and loves Katniss/Peeta (looking more like Elizabeth Banks!!

  • Maia says:

    Have a question what should you do if my Residency starts on opening day of Catching Fire? Ditch that day or see the movie on another day ?

  • mse says:

    Question: What do you guys think about how The Hanging Tree will fit into the movies? I’ve been re-reading that scene where Katniss sings it in Mockingjay, and as I was placing it in the general storyline I figured that while it does have a certain importance (it’s a beautiful moment regarding the Avox storyline; there’s a scene between Gale and Katniss right after it in which he says his infamous ‘because I’m in pain’ line; it’s the first tape with Katniss that doesn’t cause a reaction in Peeta post-hijacking), it can just as well be easily changed or even left out. I’m not worried about the song itself being completely left out though; it’s way too melodic and haunting so I can imagine it being in a different scene or even having it as a closing credits song at the end of Mockingjay Part 1. I do worry however about who’s going to sing it, because even if it does make the script, there’s a chance that Jennifer will pass on the opportunity and ask for someone else to be brought in and sing it in her place (this happened with an old movie of hers called House at the End of Street). Of course she can do that, she’s an actor for God’s sake, not a singer, but I’d personally rather hear her deep rusty vocals singing it as Katniss than some perfectly tuned version sung by anyone else. And I feel pretty strongly about this.

    And a quick relating crackpot: Mr Everdeen actually wrote The Hanging Tree at the time he met Katniss’ mom.

  • Lauren says:

    Do you think our society is on the road to creating a real-life version of The Hunger Games? As horrifying as it is, it truly seems possible right now.

  • Well, if you’re talking only about the US office, then yes, I’m sure that Catching Fire will surpass Iron Man 3 – which made slightly less than The Hunger Games at the US box office, and I’m sure CF will do better than THG. However, I believe that the prediction was about the worldwide box office, and much as I’d love for Catching Fire to reach and maybe even surpass Iron Man 3’s 1.2 billion $, I don’t think it’s a realistic expectation. CF will certainly do better than THG internationally, but such a big jump is a bit too much to hope for. That prediction was made before Iron Man 3 was released, because nobody expected it to capitalize on the success of the Avengers to that extent and to get 800 million internationally.

    re: Gale – Of course, nobody can have an emotional bond with people they don’t know and feel the same way about their deaths as about the deaths of those they do know. But there’s a difference between that and not caring about the deaths of people we don’t know at all, not valuing human life, not feeling bad about killing people and not feeling any compassion at all.

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