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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!

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE SOUNDTRACK

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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!

CATCHING FIRE ARENA WALL CLOCK by Artsy Allaire

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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!

MELLARK BAKERY APRON by Studio Vim

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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?!

KATNISS PRIMROSE CUFF BRACELET by Unique Art Pendants

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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!

CERAMIC HUNGER GAMES HOPE TUMBLER by B. Atwood Creations

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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.

THE KATNISS COWL by theLOVEstitch

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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!

MOCKINGJAY DECAL

by SoCool Designs

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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.

HUNGER GAMES CHARM SET by The Tiny Kangaroo

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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!

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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Opening Week Contest!

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:

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1 Collectable Mockingjay Pin
  • 1 Wristband
  • 1 Glowstick
  • 1 Final Poster

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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!
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* 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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

“YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. THE HUNGER GAMES IS MY SOULMATE!

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

All the DVD Boxsets!

Which one are you going to get?

On Saturday, I took a little trip down to Lionsgate with a bunch of our HG fansite running pals. Now, this isn’t my first time at Lionsgate, but it hadn’t been anything like this. We were there for a screening of the Blu-Ray/DVD special features. On the surface, it could sound a little underwhelming, but it was most definitely NOT!

First, we got to check out the different boxsets and setups for the Blu-Ray/DVDs. Best Buy, Costco, Target and Walmart all have their own versions (not to mention iTunes too), not to mention there’s the regular DVD and Blu-Ray that you can get at every other store. Trust me, I was ready to throw my money all over the place to get every single boxset (Walmart with 30 minutes of extra footage, Best Buy with both the Blu-Ray and DVD plus an acrylic thing in a cube, Costco with the 12 bag, a bracelet and the parachute canister), and though I’m not trying to sway anyone any which way, while it’s laid out like a normal DVD set, the Target exclusive became a MUST BUY for me. As someone who has stared at the promo photos that were used for the cover art for countless hours, what they did with them impressed me. Not to mention, the Target exclusive has The Tribute Diaries, where Lionsgate gave the Tributes Flip Cams to document their experience. Since Hunger Games fans love the actors that play our Tributes – and rightfully so, they are awesome – you can see why I’m chomping at the bit to own it. (I swear, Target is not paying me to say this. I wouldn’t object, though *hint hint*)

Next, we were ushered into the Lionsgate screening room, where we watched a 20 minute sneak peek of the special features, cut together and narrated JUST FOR US. No really, it featured screenshots of our sites and everything, how cool is that!

Afterwards, it was lunch and a surprise in the form of Jackie Emerson! We got to hang out with her and talk about everything from what it was like to film that scene where Katniss and Foxface run into each other to self-cleaning toilets in Munich (no really, that happened). We also got to speak with executives from Lionsgate and Lionsgate Home Entertainment about our opinions on what we’d like to see in the future.

Fansite runners with Jackie!

Then came the surprise. We would be taking home copies of The Hunger Games. Yes, two weeks before it was supposed to officially come out. I didn’t even let myself think that would happen because it would’ve been just too awesome, but it happened! And not only that, but we got ridiculous swag bags. You know all that merch you would never buy for yourself but you secretly wanted? Yeah, we got that! Lionsgate was making it rain.

It was a blast! I had the best time hanging with everyone and talking Hunger Games all day.

A review of the complete special features will come on Friday so look out for that!

Thanks, Lionsgate!
Twiffidy

We’ve Got New Stuff!

Just a quick post to let you all know that Victor’s Village has a brand spankin’ new feature that will pique your interests and keep you entertained on a long day!

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite books and movies that are not related to The Hunger Games so that you can see exactly what we’re addicted to when we’re NOT obsessing over this series. If you’re looking for a new entertainment to sink your teeth into, we’ve got a ton listed!

We’ve also thrown in our favorite Hunger Games items, for good measure!

VICTOR’S VILLAGE RECOMMENDATIONS – THE STUFF WE LOVE

Check out the list and if anything looks interesting, click on the image to get all of the details!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The page sometimes has trouble loading all the awesome, so if the page looks a little scant toward the bottom, HIT REFRESH!

All the Merch!

As I check the balance on my checking account, I can’t help frowning. With almost two months to the day left before the movie comes out, how am I going to afford all of this Hunger Games stuff?!

Confession: I have already pre-ordered 6 of the 12 nail polishes from the Colours From The Capitol line. And I want more. It’s taking all of my willpower to not go back to that site and buy 3 more colors because now that I’ve seen the Teen Vogue preview of the polishes, I like them more than I thought I did.

An accurate representation of myself

And the announcement from WizKids Games! I’m a grown-up, and I’m already planning where I’d put the figurines on my bookshelf. And I could totally see myself owning either of the games. My friends and I regularly play a Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone board game still so I know I would hardly have a difficult time find people to play these games with.

I already have 3 Hunger Games shirts, a Mockingjay pin and a snazzy bracelet I bought at Comikaze, not to mention the gifts I got for Christmas this year. And we have yet to be inundated with actual movie merch. That will come sometime in this 2 month period, after which my bank account will hate me.

Buy ALL the Hunger Games merch!

I’m bracing myself
Twiffidy

A Hunger Games Haul

Because of people going out of town, I’ve already exchanged Christmas gifts with all of my friends. Though I had read The Hunger Games last year, this was the year I’d gotten involved with various HG sites (including this one!) and converted all of my friends to HG fans, so I shouldn’t have been surprised by all the Hunger Games gifts I got.

There are Christmas card messages that totally made me smile when I opened them:

A pretty awesome hand-painted Mockingjay tree ornament:

A “Down With The Capitol” Mockingjay journal:

This year, one of my friends started making headbands with interchangeable felt designs for herself, usually with a fandom theme, and she made me this one:

Have you gotten anything Hunger Games related for any holiday yet? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

My friends know me too well
Twiffidy

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