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Happy CATCHING FIRE release day!
Many of us have seen the movie by now. If not, you’re missing out! Get your butt to the movie theater!
We promise a Catching Fire reaction post at the end of the weekend, when almost everyone will have seen the film and can follow along. Be there or be square!
To celebrate this brilliant moment in our fandom, here’s your opportunity to win some official Catching Fire swag!
STEP ONE: Go see Catching Fire already!
STEP TWO: Get creative and comment with your movie review in FIVE WORDS or less!
Five winners chosen at random will win the following prize pack:
- 1 Collectable Mockingjay Pin
- 1 Wristband
- 1 Glowstick
- 1 Final Poster
Don’t worry, this is just the beginning!
Once upon a time, Vosges Haut-Chocolat and Wild Ophelia teamed up to create Hunger Games themed chocolate and admittedly, we were kinda skeptical.
We wondered what it would actually taste like and how those tastes really connect to the districts. Then one day, a big, magical box showed up at the front door and the mystery was ready to be solved!
To conquer this, I brought in the two ladies who taught me everything I know about chocolate: my mom aka Mother of Pearl and my older sister, who shall be called Drunk on Chocolate, for reasons to be seen later. Besides being fellow chocolate lovers, these two are way less picky than me, so they vouch for the things I don’t eat.
Let’s start by saying that the chocolate itself, both milk and dark, is creamy and scrumptious! Each bar is able to be broken up into three “panels”. To start, we all ate one-half panel per bar.
We started with…
DISTRICT 1 – Rare Harvest Cashews + Milk Chocolate
Cashews are not the easiest the gather up and are sometimes referred to as “the diamond of the nut industry”, which is why they work of the Luxury district. We all agreed that the cashews make for a great combo of sweet and salty, but this was pretty similar to things we’ve tasted before. Drunk on Chocolate wonders why the fancy, rare nuts aren’t in District 2, since they have “The Nut.”
DISTRICT 2 – Caramel + Pecan + Milk Chocolate
We made the assumption that this would be very sticky, hence its connection to Masonry. However, this had liquid-y delicious caramel that doesn’t stick to the roof of your mouth. Pecans give it a bit of crunch. Overall, this turtle bar masterpiece was DoC’s favorite.
DISTRICT 3 – Arabica Coffee + Crystal Salt + Dark Chocolate
Coffee is not my cup of… coffee? But Mother of Pearl and DoC both like it, so they gave their opinions. Unfortunately, though coffee and salt are both yummy to them, the combination was too bitter for their tastes.
- At this point, giggles begin. DoC points out how much chocolate we have yet to try and MoP gets excited because the next bar is from “Cutie Patootie’s” district.
DISTRICT 4 – Sea Salt + Coconut + Dark Chocolate
We worried about this one being overpowering or too salty, but in the end it was a really subtle blend. You could taste everything, but not in excess. It’s comparative to an Almond Joy, but a little more mellow.
DISTRICT 5 – Crispy Crunchy Caramel Corn + Dark Chocolate
This was my hands down favorite! It’s sweet and salty in the perfect amounts with just the right amount of caramel to satisfy. Everyone’s very pleased with the taste.
- MoP groans over the amount of chocolate we still plan to consume. I suggest we take a break, to which DoC responds with a swift and enthusiastic “Breaks are for quitters!”
- We opt for smaller pieces of chocolate instead.
DISTRICT 6 – Crunchy Runner Peanuts in Peanut Butter + Milk Chocolate
Our first question was “What’s a runner peanut?” Well, it’s a peanut, just one that usually grows in the South. Our second question was “Where’s the peanut butter?” because it seems the peanut pieces and very lightly dipped in peanut butter, thus you can’t really taste it. It was tasty, we just hoped for more peanut-buttery bliss!
DISTRICT 7 – Smoked Chipotle Chili + Milk Chocolate*
This one was the first real kicker! Upon first bite, it is VERY smoky. Campfire smoky in ways you wouldn’t expect from chocolate ever. But when you shallow, the aftertaste is legitimately spicy. Do I think I could’ve eaten to bar in one sitting? No. Was it cool to try? Definitely!
DISTRICT 8 – Caramelized Crispy Rice + Dark Chocolate
Caramelized crispy rice is light and pleasant, but it didn’t have much going on it the flavor department that made it different or particularly tasty. “The Capitol would foo-foo at this,” DoC pronounced.
DISTRICT 9 – Milled Oats + Vanilla Hemp Seeds + Dark Chocolate
We generally agree that oats and chocolate make for a good mix, but this was our unanimous least favorite. The oats and hemp seeds made for a pretty tasteless filler and a dry texture that didn’t really work. Maybe there are finer palates out there that will disagree?
- Despite her earlier claims that breaks are for quitters, DoC declares a break. We go back and forth between giggles and the beginnings of chocolate-induced comas for a while before any of us are brave enough to dive back in.
DISTRICT 10 – Beef Jerky + Smoked Mesquite + Milk Chocolate*
Vosges and Wild Ophelia are NOT screwing around when it comes to beef jerky. It’s not just smoky flavor, there’s actual pieces of beef jerky. DoC and I wish for bacon instead of beef jerky. MoP likes beef jerky, but doesn’t love it combined with chocolate.
DISTRICT 11 – Harvest Cherry + Dark Chocolate
Chewy, dried cherries that are naturally sweet and not too sugary make for happy taste testers! Chocolatey and fruity all in one bite! Who could ask for more?
DISTRICT 12 – Mined Salt + Milk Chocolate
Frankly, we can’t tell the difference between all these salts. What we CAN tell you in that this one brings us back to sweet and salty. These companies have mastered the art of adding just enough salt that you can taste the contrast without overpowering the flavors in the chocolate. Yummmm!
You can find the district chocolate bars, character-themed bars, and the tres fancy Capitol Truffle Collection up for sale here. We’ve also seen the district bars while out and about, so your local convenience store!
The Headache That Followed This Was Totally Worth It!
The Girl With The Pearl
* When it comes to the more specialized flavors from D7 and D10, we got a surprising fourth opinion. My fiance did some post-taste test sampling, declared those his favorites, and devoured them. So really, it’s all about how adventurous your tastes are!
It’s only a few short weeks from Halloween! If you’re going as a Catching Fire character, now is the time to prep! We all know looking your best isn’t always an easy thing, but here’s some tips to help you out!
First off, let’s talk the Catching Fire Arena look. Arena and training gear is the CLASSIC representation of the series, so those who know the series will definitely know what you’re going for!
Depending on your comfort level with spandex, there’s a couple different options here!
First, the more comfy, unisex pants and t-shirt combo:
This one also comes with a sweater option for children, which is nice if you’ve ever experienced Halloween in a region where autumn happens (ICYMI– it’s usually effing freezing.) You can also grab just the shirt.
For the less weary, there’s also the “Hunter Jumpsuit”, as the company trying not to break copyright laws refers to it:
From there, you can customize your character with their weapon of choice!
And if your hair is too short to be hers, there’s always that lovely Katniss “Arena Girl” Wig. Yup, still around!
Want that “burning up the atmosphere” look?
There’s also Cosplay Katniss and Peeta shirts that can be dressed up with some dark pants, though it’s not quite the same effect (and hilariously, the female model is WEARING IT BACKWARDS.)
Unfortunately, there’s one main element to all these things: They’re kinda, sorta, REALLY EXPENSIVE. Which may be fine with you, if you’re big into cosplay or Halloween in general.
For the rest of us.. Believe it or not, it might be easier to be a Capitol citizen. Elizabeth Banks may be in Alexander McQueen, but a big part of Capitol style is that there is no continuity and you can basically make it whatever you want. Go all thrift shop on Halloween’s ass! Get yourself some fabric butterflies and a lavender wig, if you’re crafty! Guys, find yourself an outrageous suit, tack on that glitter fabric paint, grab a blue wig and call yourself Caesar Flickerman!
Really, the possibilities are endless! If you like dressing up for Halloween, it doesn’t have to be a painful experience. Chins up, smiles on!
May The Sizes Be Ever in Your Favor!
The Girl With The Pearl
We are unabashedly in love with The Hunger Games, so try to be positive about all the movie news that comes out. Sometimes we manage, sometimes we don’t.
But this. We can’t. WE CANNOT. WE HAVE LOST THE ABILITY TO “CAN”.
Lionsgate has teamed up with online luxury fashion website Net-A-Porter to sell the upcoming “Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville” fashion line. Yup, Capitol themed advertising has officially gone way too freaking far.
Let’s say this: Trish Summerville is a ridiculously talented Costume Designer. From what we’ve seen so far, she’s improved the overall look of the series by 1000% percent, added wonderfully nuanced meanings behind many outfits, and made the Capitol actually look like we imagined it in the books. We love what she’s done and we’re glad other people do too! We FANGIRL her. She deserves recognition. She deserves a freaking Academy Award!
But then… No matter what Buzzfeed says, this writer is of the opinion that Capitol Couture is not really getting the message of the movies (or even advertising the movies) to existing fans or potential newcomers. The advertising campaign seems to have gotten really caught up in the positive initial reactions to the first Capitol Couture issue and it’s forgotten an important message of the series: Reckless consumerism is the most basic form of evil.
At first, Capitol Couture was a fun addition to overall Hunger Games advertising. They feature the fashion designers that fashionistas love, get us involved in the alternate universe a bit, and are generally awesome to look at. Pretty things are pretty. Yet The Hunger Games isn’t about the Capitol. To us, Mockingjay Pin backpacks and District 12 Hot Topic t-shirts feel more acceptable than Capitol Couture makeup and designer brands, because at least Mockingjay Pins and District 12 have significant, positive influences in the series.
Nobody in the Capitol is concerned with The Hunger Games or the devastation in the districts because they are so caught up in the glamorized consumerism and entertainment that their lives consists of. Yes, WE KNOW… “But we ARE the Capitol! We’re the consumers! We love our outrageous entertainment!” To that, we argue that fans of the series are often seen making the effort to be more self-aware than we’re given credit for. Think of all the charities fans have committed to in the name of The Hunger Games, the stunning artwork, and all the intelligent discussion of book themes including war, gender stereotypes, politics, class disparity, and PTSD, etc. That’s just scratching the surface, really! Not to say we’ll never buy new shoes or go to a concert, but we’re not so caught up in ourselves as to act as if issues bigger than our own don’t matter.
By presenting us with what will probably be a luxury (aka “too expensive for your average gal”) fashion line, it feels like Lionsgate is saying that they really don’t care what they’re selling or what the message of the story really is, as long as we CONSUME. Because the more of us they convince that we are the Capitol– whom we remind you are the ignorant, counter-productive followers of a corrupt society– the more we buy into their bottom line.
They’re not selling the movie or its message to us. They’re just selling.
We’re curious to see what the fashion line will look like, for sure! How will it blend Capitol and everyday wear? The clothes will probably be beautiful. We may even want to buy some but… again, we can’t. Both because we’re poor and because it just feels wrong.
Thankfully, The Capitol Won’t Be In Style For Mockingjay,
The Girl With The Pearl
Today, Covergirl unveiled two looks from their The Hunger Games: Catching Fire collection. You know those silhouettes? We’ve come to find out that they’re actually models done up in high fashion interpretations of each district using products from the line. So far we have District 1 (Luxury) and District 4 (Fishing).
What we’re seeing so far is lots of color, which is a far cry from the gray-brown, muted nail polish line we got from China Glaze for The Hunger Games (yes, there were a couple bright colors but overall it was pretty dull). Like Them There Eyes said, if you want to go Capitol, go Capitol.
That being said, there might be the opposite problem with this line. Is there really going to be blue lipstick? It’s a little hard to imagine that’d be a huge seller for anyone that isn’t a diehard fan who just needs to get every single item from the collection. The look is fabulous (dare I say, abnosome?) in the photo, on the gorgeous dark-skinned model with fans in her hair to represent fins, but the translation to real life is lacking. I don’t think I’ll be able to walk into the office with blue lipstick.
Covergirl seems to be doing their best with marketing this line so far, revealing the looks to appeal to girls and young women who have grown up on America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway and know what editorial looks and photos are like, very different from their ultra-commercial magazine ads of close-up faces. If anything, the photos so far are very much like if tributes in the tribute parade were models instead of children or victors. Which, though executed incredibly, is a little disturbing. Sorry guys, I’m now running with the head-canon that these are concept photos by Capitol stylists testing their looks out on models first.
The line will be available on October 1 so we have a month and half-ish to save up for the seemingly extensive line. I’m ready to add yet another mascara to my collection, all for the name of The Hunger Games.
I hate that I’m probably going to buy them all, blue lipstick be damned!
The media world is ramping up for San Diego Comic-Con, and droves of Hunger Games fans will be descending upon that medium-sized city wanting for anything, and everything Hunger Games related– also any number of other fandoms they happen to be a part of as well. Or scratch that– better yet, anything and everything The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and possibly The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One and Two related, yeah and those other fandoms. Unfortunately I will not be one of those droving fans, sadly like our fair ring leader The Girl With The Pearl, I am unable to attend, do not fret however, because our lovely Twiffidy will be in attendance. As someone not attending the festivities down in So-Cal, I’m not all that concerned about the prizes, meaning the piles upon piles of fan-ish merchandise that Comic-Con is known for, which as I can tell seems to be a huge draw for many many people. In reality I’m more concerned with what will be presented to the world at large having to do with Catching Fire, and hopefully The Mockingjay films, ’cause I really can’t do much with a lanyard imprinted with Josh Hutcherson’s visage.
You’d think I’d be all rabid, and twitchy in need for Catching Fire info, wouldn’t you? Wrong,
because for some unholy reason I’m actually quite calm about the film, mostly because it’s already pretty much in the proverbial can, and I don’t see the purpose in worrying about something that’s already more than half way to being complete. The Mockingjay films though, yeah– those ones I’m all fidgety over. I’m big into casting, have you noticed that? So, it’ll be no surprise to you when I bring up the conundrum of four of the characters that are hopefully going to grace us with their presence in said films. And those characters are Leeg 1, Leeg 2, as well as Castor, and his Avox identical twin brother Pollux. See, the conundrum is this: Two sets of twins are hard to find, or– two sets of twins who are all actors is really really hard to find. I can think of three sets of twins who are all actors, and none of them are either all available, still willing to even still speak to each other, or yeah– the last bit is a huge hindrance on pretty much everything.
In a better world two sets of twins with acting talent, and wide open schedules for almost a
year, will come out of the woodwork, and amaze the pants off Debra Zane (casting director), and her crew. However, in reality I see three things possibly happening: 1. They cut the characters from the films completely, thus eliminating the next to impossible task of finding two sets of twins to fulfill the roles. 2. They change the roles from twins to just siblings. 3. They Winklevoss that shit, i.e. they pull a David Fincher and cast only two people to play the sets of twins, and then cast stand-ins/ body doubles to appear as well, then digitally replace their faces with the actors faces, just like what happened with Armie Hammer in The Social Network.
I vote for 2 or 3, because I’d like The Mockingjay films to be as close to the book as humanly possible. Not that I have a vote in the hypothetical mess I’ve conjured.
Them There Eyes
We have a confession to make. Despite loving the series, we have thought about becoming accomplices to Hunger Games trilogy book murder. Somebody needs to go all Minority Report on us and stop us before we get started.
It all started off innocently enough. Our site anniversary happens to be next week (More on that later!) and when we get in the Hunger Games giving spirit, we like to turn to Etsy when we can. Which means an unholy amount of time endlessly searching through The Hunger Games listings. WE REGRET NOTHING.
Along the way, we see things like Hollow Books…
And Hardcover Purses…
And we know that we should be weary, especially after that Lauren Conrad idiocy, but these are actually cute and fun! Plus, we’re pretty sure 90% of the LC backlash is because no one believes she’s actually read a book, let alone wrote one without the poor ghostwriter who was forced to translate her thoughts into cohesive sentences, and there she was, tearing apart classics (not even in order, mind you!)
We know that books, unless whole, are not meant for decoration. They’re meant to be read and loved. They’re meant to hold our dreams and vicarious tendencies, not our petty cash and receipts. The actual content of these books are trashed or turned into something ridiculous like paper flowers that you obviously cannot read so WHAT’S THE POINT?
And yet… The cover art does beg to be displayed. And kitsch is pretty much our middle name. And it’s art, isn’t it? … And we’re kind of bad people, aren’t we?
Where do you stand on “book murder”? Could we possibly be alone in seeing the coolness behind SOME book cover designs or should it all be a traumatic horror show to book lovers like us?
We Have This Internal Argument As If These Are Actually Within Our Budget,
The Girl With The Pearl
People think fans of The Hunger Games will buy ANYTHING. No, seriously! It’s not just the book publishers or film studios trying to do it these days! If you thought some of the products they’ve put out for production were a little over the mark, just spend a little time on Etsy and you’ll be running back to the comfort of NECA’s lanyards and pencil sharpeners.
We highlighted some of the outrageous things Etsy sellers have the cojones to sell to Hunger Games fans in an earlier post, but there’s just so much more out there that we had to write up Part 2!
Once upon a time, some dude took 5 minutes to draw and color the chariot scene with his non-dominant hand and the result was… somewhere between Beavis & Butthead and The Muppets. Put that on high quality paper and it’s totally worth $15, right? …Or just have some 8-year-old recreate the scene for you sometime.
The *cough* artist behind these babies claims it’s a Hunger Games item because it uses the book quote in a way that mocks the series by using the “real” meaning of the question “Real or Not Real?” Also, NOT REAL given how hideously uneven they are, even from a side view!
Step 1: Take a promotional still, photoshop on fake cuts and make Josh Hutcherson’s eyes look demonic. Add text that is EXTRA PIXELY.
Step 2: Print image, iron on to bag.
Step 3: Add rhinestones and MOAR FLAME, this time in a bow.
Step 4: List product under every word that might excite an 8-year-old girl!
You mean you’ve NEVER wanted to show your fandom love with a pin in which some deranged looking character with coils for hair and beads for limbs is wearing a cut up Hunger Games poster as a dress?! That’s got a lot of charm and sentimental value, right there!
For those of us who have decided it’s not enough to dangle Katniss and Peeta on either side of their face! We must frame them against bright red bows, like a tacky old Christmas portrait! That will show the world how much we love the series!
MOTHER OF GOD! Most of us like Jennifer Lawrence, but not this much! You can now praise her (or one of many other celebs photoshopped into a biblical scene) with this image on an 8-inch candle. We’re not sure if we should laugh or cry.
We’re Laughing and Probably Going To Hell,
The Girl With The Pearl
Many thanks to Savanna from Hunger Games Fireside Chat for finding a couple of these, including that last kicker!
Before the holidays, we produced a list of some of our favorite Etsy finds of the year. While browsing through Etsy, we found some really awesome stuff. We also found some really cringe-worthy stuff. Stuff that has nothing to do with the Hunger Games that people want to sell as Hunger Games items. Stuff we wouldn’t even consider bringing to your attention until after the holidays.
These are those items. Mind you, this is just a random smattering of what’s on Etsy, but it’s enough to make us lose a little faith in humanity.
Hunger Games Steampunk Wedding Dress
This is actually a really beautiful design.. that has absolutely to do with The Hunger Games! Giving a model an arrow does not make something Hunger Games themed. Steampunk is cool, but it is based on Victorian fashion that is not Capitol fashion, so you really can’t even swing that angle.
The Hunger Games Origami Flowers
Does it matter what books the pages come from when they are bent and cut up so you can’t actually read them?! And at $4 a piece, any sentimental value is lost to the actual price tag!
Effie Trinket Kawaii Romper
It’s a bra with a bunch of pink ruffled fabric attached. Does everything with pink ruffles mean Effie Trinket? We think not! In fact, we’re pretty sure Effie would not approve of this poorly-sewn number. And this model… we just… *headdesk*
Peeta’s Bread with Butter Soap
Yes, because this is not any regular piece of bread! It was made by Peeta! He makes perfect white bread which he slices up and tops with butter because he has all the supplies to do so in the extreme poverty of District 12! Again, this is not just soap that’s trying really hard to be sold as a Hunger Games product. We swear!
Hunger Games Shorts
These jeans have been attacked by the worst style of the 1980s. THEY SPRAY PAINT AND BEDAZZLE DENIM SHORT SHORTS. AND THEY WANT $35 PLUS SHIPPING FOR IT! We could do this for $5 at home if we really wanted to, but we enjoy our dignity!
The Hunger Games Calf Warmers
Now something that even the 1980s rejected! CALF warmers, not even long enough to cover the entire bottom half of the leg. “May the odds be ever in your favor” has been literally written in, which obviously makes it all about The Hunger Games!
Hunger Games Vintage Dictionary Art
For the finale: Doodle a Mockingjay on a random page of the Dictionary and save yourself $7.
Buyers’ Regret Never Looked So Hunger Games-y,
The Girl With The Pearl