#134 Fireside Chat: This is Not a Game? Monday 27 October, 2014

“This is Not a Game?”

Miss Episode 134 live on Monday night? Click here to listen to the recording OR simply use the embedded player below!

There has been a plethora of harmonious and inspiring music connected with the Hunger Games franchise, and the fan base has generally supported these creations from a variety of artists. Sure, some snarkier fans can be critical of even the most miniscule things, but we are — on the whole — a positive fandom.

Why, then, has the fan reaction been so unified against the song, “This is Not a Game,” the conglomeration of The Chemical Brothers, Miguel, and Lorde?

Episode 134 will air live this Monday, October 27, at 10pm ET/7pm PT! This week, our panel of experts will include Ellie, Brittany, and Sophie from Down with the Capitol, Amanda from HG Girl on Fire, Kait from Victor’s Village, Ronnie from Jabberjays.net, Jessi from TheFandom.net, and our longtime friend, Natalie, from Bookish!

We will also talk about the majestic new TV spot, “Most Anticipated Event,” that has dazzled many HD screens and the District Voices campaign. Yes, that’s a lot to talk about, and we’re going to do it swiftly, thoughtfully, and unpredictably!

Do you like “This is Not a Game?” What did you think of the TV spot? Don’t hold back — speak your mind in the comments section! — and we will read your opinions out loud during the episode!

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Kait: @VictorsVillage
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Jessi: @raineygrey
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  • idk if you’ll have time do discuss this during the ep but given that you are talking OST I’d ask this anyway – do you think the film *should* have had a pop artist original soundtrack/music-inspired by album in the first place? This is given that outside the fandom, so to say, the idea of a VA OST album is seen as very cliche YA( as opposed to say 10 years ago which was a time when many blockbusters did have one), and this is the only big tentpole movie this year (aside from Amazing Spider-Man 2) with a heavily promoted and tied in to the extent of being in the film (end credits for YFB) original companion album like this?

  • Quin Landry says:

    I like this is not is not a game it is different but hey not everything can be a masterpiece and don’t get me started on the TV spots !! They are fan freaking tastic

  • Annie B says:

    I honestly I do not think “This is not a game” has anything to do with Mockingjay. Anyone can sing about a revolution and if I didn’t know that this was meant for the MJ soundtrack I would have thought this was just another rap song about drugs and gangs. While I do like Lorde, I’m just not sure how confident I am about this soundtrack. I like the artists, but the two songs we got are nott that good and if they weren’t for mockingjay and I heard them on the radio I would probably turn the radio off. I was looking for some really hard hitting, soul crushing ballads and deep messaged songs and I hope we still get to hear some of that. With everything being said however, I know I will buy the soundtrack regardless, and Im pretty darn sure most fans will do the same.

  • I literately just listened to “This is not a game” a few minutes ago for the first time. Sadly I am not a big fan of it. I thought it was promising as I started listening. I loved the techno feel of the beat. I liked Lorde’s voice. But then the actual singing started and I was like “WHAT IS THIS?” I understand that there is going to be a new sound, we aren’t in District 12 anymore. Yet this song wasn’t something I was hoping to hear when it came to the new soundtrack.

    The tv spots are amazing. I have loved each one. Seeing characters like Prim and Effie. Some spots have made me a little teary eyed when it comes to Peeta. I am going to need tissues for this film.

  • I like the idea of promoting young people and giving them opportunities. However, if that’s what Lionsgate and Francis Lawrence wanted to do, I feel like someone like Ellie Goulding (who has a little soundtrack experience) would’ve been a better choice. I was a little doubtful when it was announced that Lorde was going to be curator–I didn’t think her song for Catching Fire was that great–but I was willing to give her chance. There were songs that I didn’t like at first in the first two soundtracks that I learned to love. However, with the release of the track listing and “This is not a Game”, I feel like the entire soundtrack is a farce. Lorde is using this as a promotional tool rather than taking it seriously as a companion to the Mockingjay story. When “Yellow Flicker Beat” was first released, her album cover had “Mockingkay Part 1” in very small font while “Lorde” was in significantly larger font. Also, she’s featured on a good majority of the songs for the soundtrack. Last, but not least, adding a line like “word to Gucci, that’s my hitta” (which I’ve mentioned several times on different forums, simply because I still can’t get over the shock of hearing something like that in relation to the Hunger Games) speaks volumes about how seriously Lorde is taking this project. With all that said, I feel like the film is going to be amazing and James Newton Howard’s score is going to be the best yet in this series.

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