Share Your Feels And Win An Awesome MOCKINGJAY PART 2 Prize Pack!

The Hunger Games franchise is coming to an end in a matter of days, but there are other things to do besides watch cast interviews and premiere footage and weep. For instance, you can win yourself an amazing prize pack from Victor’s Village and Lionsgate!


·         The Hunger Games DVD Pack – The Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mockingjay Part – 1

·         1 Mockingjay Part – 2 Gold Pin

·         1 Black Revolution Leaders Pin

·         1 Final Katniss Poster

·         1 IMAX Katniss Poster

·         1 Faces of the Revolution Poster (Gale, Peeta or Katniss, at random)

Sweet deal, right?!


The books are important. The movies are important. But let’s not focus solely on them for a second. Let’s talk about fandom. Let’s talk about YOU!

We’re gonna get deep. To enter, comment on this post with your favorite experience as part of The Hunger Games fandom. Tell us the most profound moment you’ve had as a fan and what the fandom means to you!

Even if you haven’t traveled to an event or met the actors or any of that, your moments still matter. So let’s gather ’round to share and appreciate everyone’s! ..Okay, yes, we’re total sentimental suckers. SO SUE US.

Per Lionsgate, this contest is open to US Residents Only! Sorry guys.

Contest ends on November 20th, at which time we’ll number all of the comments and pick a winner at random. Just one thing– make sure to fill out the email section of the comment form! Otherwise, we can’t contact you if you win.

And because it’s practically obligatory at this point…

May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor!
The Girl With The Pearl

Spending All Year With the Mockingjay

Slowly the trickle of movie merch is coming upon us. Today we see a preview of the Mockingjay Part 2 2016 Calendar (available on Amazon US and UK).

MJ2 Calendar

The cover art is reminiscent of a lot of Mockingjay Part 1 merch – with the additions of Peeta (because we would riot if it didn’t) and Boggs (yay!). We’ve seen some fans sad about the absence of Finnick. We agree Finnick is more of a fan favorite character, so it’s an interesting choice. We wonder if her inclusion is 1) because they had her image anyway from last year’s merch so why not? 2) The hair and tatoos. Everyone loves the hair and tatoos.

We don’t mind Cressida’s inclusion because it balances out the genders a bit more as well. We know the movie has lots of women in all kinds of roles, and this gives a better impression than that tired 1 woman, lots of guys scenario that seems to be the norm in blockbuster movies.

Inside, there’s some new rebel propaganda art and those great character posts. (May looks like it’s all yours Finnick!)

mj2 calendar 2

mj2 calendar 3

We love those character posters, and pairing them with red/black propaganda makes this a more cohesive calendar than in year’s past when various stills were used. But damn, it we kind of wish there were some stills in here simply BECAUSE WE’D LIKE SOME MORE STILLS RELEASED. But hey, that should be happening soon. We hope.

We don’t think the calendar makers really thought about these things when assigning months to the different images, but placing Prim in December made us a little teary. Cause by most fan timelines of Mockingjay that we’ve seen. Prim dies in December. WHY ARE YOU SO CRUEL,CALENDAR?

Time for a tissue or two, and this is just a CALENDAR.


GIANT ASS Photographs From The Hunger Games

Hot off the presses: You are not a real Hunger Games collector if you’re not willing to spend your savings on a RIDICULOUSLY LARGE BOOK!

imageSo, Tim Palen’s Photographs From The Hunger Games came out in June. And it was lovely! Though coffee table books aren’t a common thing for us, we couldn’t resist picking it up and reviewing it. You know. For science.

You’d think Tim Palen and Lionsgate and the seller, Assouline, would be happy with the solid response. NOPE! Because holy hell, they’re reportedly making an “Ultimate Edition” that kindly reminds us just how Capitol this shit is!

Are you ready for this?

The “Ultimate Edition” will reportedly be a 2-foot tall display version of the book available for $800.

Maybe we doubt because we don’t know any, but ARE THERE REALLY THAT MANY RICH ASSHOLES RELATED TO THIS FANDOM?! Lawd! We thought the $75 version was expensive! You either have you be obsessed with Hunger Games collectibles or irrationally pretentious to buy this sucker. Because who has a portion of their home that they can just dedicate to the display of an oversized photo book?!

We’d say this has to be some special order thing created for Palen, Lionsgate execs, and maybe the actors to have. BUT NO! Assouline actually sells 2-foot tall photo books, sometimes for much higher prices.

big book

*blink blink*

Dear Assouline/Palen/Lionsgate/Whoever else is behind this, we love The Hunger Games. Really, we do. And we get that you’re rich enough to throw money at whatever you’d like. But your fandom is not so special that it requires a ridiculous “artsy” product for a niche market. We went through this with the clothing line, too.

You are not a ballet or an opera, you are a three-ring circus trying really hard to look like ballet or opera. STAWP.

Planning on buying the $800 display book? Be our guest! Fandom is a multi-billion dollar industry after all. We’ve all spent more than we probably realize on fandom. But, you know, this time you’re gonna REALIZE IT and maybe even realize that sometimes, you’re just getting suckered into unnecessary products. If you’re cool with that, cool.

Where The Heck Are You Going To Hang That Up?!
The Girl With The Pearl

Victor’s Village Hunger Games Holiday Gift Guide 2014

It’s that time of year again!

We’re back with the official Victor’s Village guide to a happy Hunger Games holiday! We’ve searched the Internet for some great Hunger Games finds that we love. Maybe you’ll find them handy when shopping for the Hunger Games lovers in your life or even something you want to nab for yourself!

Here’s hoping we make The Hunger Games fun in your holiday of choice a little easier!


mockingjay part one blu-ray

Yep. You can do that already.

This is the UK DVD cover, as an official US cover has not been released yet. Still, you can pre-order the film on Blu-ray or DVD right now. Of course, that’s essentially handing someone an IOU as the movie is still in theaters, which maaaaay not put the odds in your favor. Hint heavily for approval before buying!



If you or someone you know wants to collect all the editions, check out this shiny new foil edition box set now available! These babies just came out on September 30th. It’s a bit of relief to see bright, colorful US collector’s editions, as we think the previous US collector’s editions weren’t nearly as nice as the ones you’ll find in other countries.



We will probably not wear a Mockingjay shirt or sweater out and about. We definitely will not feature an actor’s face on our boobs. However, we will abso-freaking-lutely rock Hunger Games pajamas. They’re lots of fangirl fun for those of us who often have to keep our obsessions under wraps outside the comfort of our own home!



Because we’re all looking for more storage, right? Soooo let’s casually turn a Mockingjay book into a small, adorable storage unit! The Mockingjay wall pocket is a small decoration, but one that subtly displays your love of the fandom

There’s a warning here, though: Make sure your recipient is okay with what some fans refer to as “book murder”, aka the destruction of books for artistic purposes.



Apparently, we are okay with book murder, because we love the idea of this book page switch plate. Know the fan in your life has a favorite passage? It can be created into a memory for them, set on the wall as a reminder. Sure, they won’t be able to read it the whole way through, but the feels will still be there!



There’s lots of Hunger Games wall art out there. Designs, quotes, portraits.. LOTS OF IT. But nothing caught our eye quite like that amazing watercolor wall art print. If you’re going to put something on your wall, you want something that The funky, flashy design might be better suited for a teenage fan, but we think anyone could appreciate it!



We may have posted this before but we’re doing it again!

The “dandelion in the spring” quote from Mockingjay is already a big deal and will get EVEN MORE attention once the final movie hits theaters next year. This beautiful dandelion necklace perfectly captures that mood without being too obvious. Quote aside, it’s just really freaking pretty!



And a little something for the musical types! Rue’s whistle mapped out on a mug! Clearly, our gifts aren’t so much about throwing The Hunger Games directly in your face so much as fun pieces that let people know you’re in on the fandom with them. Plus, this is a fun little conversation starter!

Happy Holidays!

Hunger Games Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Every holiday season, Victor’s Village searches the joys of the Internet to find new Hunger Games holiday favorites. We realize that it’s already the last night of Hanukkah, but there’s never a bad thing to window shop with us!

Every Hunger Games fan is different, but if you or someone you know gets as obsessed as we do, maybe something on this list will excite!



Starting off a little simple, but the CATCHING FIRE soundtrack is a must-have! Like the first soundtrack, there are so many songs that connect specifically to the books to form a beautiful, emotional reference. What’s new this time around is the mixing of genres, so fans can hum along, air guitar, belt it out, and break it down all in the course of one album!



When it comes to Hunger Games fandom related decorations, we’ve always appreciated the more subtle nods like this clock with the Catching Fire Arena obstacles painted on the hour they go into effect! Available in black or white, it’s one way to test newcomers to your home on their Hunger Games knowledge!



Know someone who’s got skillz in the kitchen? Make ’em an honorary member of the finest bakery in District 12 with a charming and super functional apron! Yup, the Mellark Bakery CAN be rep’d without a reference to Peeta’s buns. Who knew?!



We tried to keep this list mostly gender neutral, but we like shiny things. Not to mention that this handpainted cuff bracelet, featuring the literal Katniss and Primrose plants, tells the story of an epic family bond without being too in-your-face. There are pretty of more obvious Hunger Games options out there, but the elegance of this one has got us hooked!



The comfort of District 12 has a rustic feel to it and so does this HOPE tumblr created by ceramics artist Blaine Atwood. With a hot beverage inside and a good book by your side, this looks like the perfect companion on a cold wintry night.



Katniss’ cowl wrap in District 12 has been making fans fall in love since Catching Fire was released. There are several versions on Etsy varying in style and price (not the mention knitting patterns!), but this one by theLOVEstitch appears to be one of the more accurate looking designs. The downside? This is the most expensive item in this post BY FAR. Be prepared to fork over the dough!


by SoCool Designs


Decals are kind of a classic way to show off things you love, whether it be on your laptop, your car, or somewhere around the house. And at only a four inches, you can fit these Mockingjay ones along decals from your other favorite fandoms and rest assured they’re not going to consume your whole living/driving space.



Were we sucked in by the cute factor? ABSOLUTELY. Charms are a totally flexible type of fun. They can be used for cell phone charms, necklaces, (really big) earrings, or kept as collectibles. We may be inclined to take them out and about to snap pictures with them in funny situations. Because that’s what grown ups do!

That’s our list. As you may know, this list is a precursor to our annual holiday contests! We see awesome Hunger Games prizes in your future! Will one of these awesome items make the list? Keep checking back to find out!

P.S. Looking for books or movies that interest a huge Hunger Games fan? Check out our recommendations page!


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

CF Pincatching-fire-final-posterCF GlowstickCF Wristband
Because we’re celebrating opening weekend, this contest will end at 11:59 PST on Sunday, November 24!

Don’t worry, this is just the beginning!

Review: Hunger Games District-Themed Chocolate

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!

In a case SO PRETTY, you almost don't want to open it!

In a case SO PRETTY, you almost don’t want to open it!

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.
Just enough to share!

Just enough to share!

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!

The Hunger Games Book Murders

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

The Hunger Games Don’ts of Etsy, Part 2

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!

The Hunger Games Movie Scene Print Art, Drawn Left Handed

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.

BOOBS Real or Not Real Embroidery

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!

Sexy Hot Team Peeta Flame Sparkle Totebag

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!

Hunger Games Crazy Lady Novelty Pin

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!

Katniss and Peeta Couple Earrings

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!

Jennifer Lawrence Devotional Candle

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!

Hunger Games Pride: Back to School Edition

Everyone gather ’round The Girl With The Pearl and tell you a story, Mr. Rogers style. *pats seat*

Once upon a time, I wasn’t that cool. Hard to believe, I know! …Well, I have never been cool in the traditional sense, but I made myself less cool by worrying way too much about what others thought of me. If I could do high school all over again, I would have accepted just how geeky I was and actually enjoy life’s geeky pleasures.

Because there is another school year upon us and there is always a way to show fandom pride in the office, we’re listing some of our favorite Hunger Games swag based on REAL coolness (aka totally undisguised, sinful levels of nerdiness!)

Level 1: Mockingjay pin

Any fan can stick this on their bag and act really casual about it if someone asks, as if it’s not a huge deal that consumes a huge chunk of your life! “Oh, this old thing? Someone gave it to me ages ago. I guess I like the books, so it’s a nice little embellishment! *cough*”

Level 2: Stickers

Slightly less casual, but still not insane. “I went to the bookstore and this was on sale at the counter for like 99 cents. My stuff came to $19.50 and I got 20% off my next purchase if I spent more than $20, so I was like… ‘Hey, whatever!'”

Level 3: Hunger Games Bookmarks

Your chance to get a little hipster! “Urgh… I just feel like most of the books they have us read in school are so passe! I just wanted to incorporate a little something that actually speaks to our generation, you know?” Note: This will not work if you’re reading The Hunger Games in school!

Level 4: Pencils and/or Pens

Most of it is covered by your hand, but if it’s not, you can always say you’re in it for the actors. “I only got this because it has Josh Hutcherson/Jennifer Lawrence on it (depending on your preferences) and with Mr. or Mrs. Carterface running this class/office, I NEED something pretty to look at!”

Level 5: Hunger Games Jewelry

Something you can show off or tuck under your shirt, depending on how much fandom pride you feel at any particular hour! “Oh, you saw that? Yeah, I like the books. I thought this was kinda cool.”

Level 6: Notebooks

There’s basically no denying fan status at this point, so use style as an excuse. “I keep all these plain notebooks and I always get them confused, so I got these fun Hunger Games ones that actually come in different designs!

Level 7: Phone Case


“I’ve read the books and I like the movie even though *insert generic movie complaint here*, but I am just obsessed with all the graphic design imagery from the series!

Level 8: Laptop Skin

There’s no pretending at this point! “Oh yeah, I love the movie! Plus I figured this looks so much better than that plain silver cover top… This is a conversation piece!”

Level 9: Hunger Games Clothes

Claim to be doing the world a public service! “I really believe in the message behind this series, so if I’m going to be a consumer and buy new clothes anyway, I’m going to spread that message!

Level 10: The Ultimate Back to School Set


It’s Okay. The Hunger Games is Our Soulmate Too (Does That Make Us All Polygamists?)
The Girl With The Pearl