The Hunger Games

The Illegal Spoiler Games

Okay kiddos, let’s talk about over-excitement and why it could get you in some serious trouble!

When you’re as immersed in The Hunger Games fandom as most of us are, it’s hard to TALK spoilers. We’re not talking about the very movie-specific spoilers now, but we talk book spoilers all the time, so we get it. You know what’s happening, so you just want to go out there with other fans and DISCUSS.

Officially released stills = Fair game DUH

Officially released stills = Fair game DUH

We shouldn’t just throw all our obvious spoiler feels all over the Internet because, ya know, we’re all probably friends with someone who hasn’t read the books and didn’t get to see the movie right away for one reason or another. It’s obnoxious, but we’ve noticed it’s not even the worst of it nowadays.

Let’s talk technology, young’uns.

Pretty much everyone has a smartphone. And Twitter or Instagram or Tumblr or something like that. It is still 1000% illegal to take photos or clips of the movie screen during key moments and put them online. There’s a huge difference between visuals and the written word. There are specific revelations you can only get from visuals. But there’s more to it than that– not only does posting or reposting visual spoilers make you an absolute tool, there’s a wide variety of punishments awaiting, many of which involve a legal team coming after you.

Cressida says "Make smart plans so you don't look like a douche!"

Cressida says “Think before you post so you don’t look like a douche!”

Yes, your post could get lots of reaction from other fans. Please remember that getting lots of likes on a post on social media regarding a popular fandom does not actually make YOU popular or special (Trust us, we’ve reminded ourselves plenty. We are experts in this realization.) Is the inflated sense of ego worth an account suspension or a cease and desist letter? The answer is NO.

Also, a lot of fans just think what you’re doing is uncool and ruining the full experience for others. So there’s just that good ol’ “Don’t be a dick” factor.

If you haven’t seen this on your timelines much, this rant may sound odd. But we’ve been seeing it everywhere–some of it is even directed to us– and we know we’re not the only ones, which is pretty ridiculous. We want fans to have more respect for the film than that.

Let’s all learn our boundaries and the world will be a better place!

Everyone Deserves A Fair Spoiler Warning!
The Girl With The Pearl

VV’s Spoiler-Free The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Review

We saw Mockingjay Part 2 last night and we want to scream all the details with absolute elation from the rooftops. But we won’t, because it’s only Thursday and we’re not terrible people who want to spoil it all for the masses. So we’re going to give a general, spoiler-free review.

12043070_10153658258916810_107667881438186217_nReally, this is all about THE FEELS. There are a lot of them. I went to the Mockingjay Double Feature and I started to tear up during Mockingjay Part 1, which is something I didn’t even do the first time I saw it, just from the sheer momentum of what was to come. It’s the end of an era, but if it’s gotta end.. Damn, at least it went out with a bang!

We’ve read the books more than once and talked about them at length here, so like many of you, we knew what was coming. Know this: Being aware of what will happen and watching it unfold in a visual medium are two very different things. There were several situations throughout the movie in which waiting for the other shoe to drop amped up either the tension or the excitement for me– sometimes both. It’s a testament to the way Francis Lawrence and his team purposefully crafted the film to squeeze every possible emotion from the tale.

297A9B5D00000578-3117094-image-m-29_1433866860839Likewise, the action is pulse-pounding and sharp. The film deftly portrays the horror of violence and war without glorifying it, exactly as its source material sets out to do. With the details covered pretty thoroughly in Part 1, this film wastes no time jumping into the action. The pacing isn’t too breakneck, but you don’t have much downtime until the last few scenes.

More than being utterly gripping, this film is the franchise’s best tribute to Suzanne Collins’ work. The film follows the book more closely than any movie before it without losing its cinematic glow. The popular scenes and quotes that you’re waiting for are there, perhaps delivered in a way you didn’t always expect but powerful nonetheless. That’s not to say there aren’t any changes, but they were pretty minor and didn’t affect the overall viewing experience for us. We were hit hard by one scene change in particular, knowing it was due to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s untimely passing.

19291497-20776541-thumbnailThe acting has always been superb in the franchise, but I genuinely think they give their best performances to date. Liam Hemsworth transforms Gale’s broody nature into something more fierce and palpable and Jennifer Lawrence just is Katniss Everdeen, but this is especially true for Josh Hutcherson, who truly rose to the occasion and portrayed Peeta’s compromised mental state with a zinging undercurrent of desperation and earnest. Of course, the supporting cast was also wonderful as always, particularly Julianne Moore as Alma Coin and the members of Squad 451, who really got to sink their teeth into this script.

new-effie-stillWhile I ultimately loved the film and its sweet ending, we do imagine that– as is the case with most epilogues– it will become a source of debate in years to come. It’s more about your perception of the characters and their lives in the aftermath than the actual content.. aaaand that’s all we shall say about that for now.

Urgh. We love this film. We love this franchise. We are clearly biased as all hell, but if you’re here, we think you will too. If you’re a Hunger Games fan, this final movie has so much to offer you and you will not be disappointed!

We’ll Do The Crazy Spoiler Edition Soon,
The Girl With The Pearl


FINALLY, a Pre-Mockingjay Part 2 Special Worthy of the Franchise

As we head into the final week before release, we were pleasantly surprised to see a Hunger Games special on our televisions Thursday night that gave us what we wanted. Totally lacking in silly Atlanta shopping tours or dinners with “Real Housewives,” The Hunger Games: The Phenomenon is a 13 minute recap of the movies’s story and production. Loaded with lots of behind the scenes shots (including some from Mockingjay Part 2), this was serious fan heaven.

We loved this trip down memory lane. The clips, the interviews, the behind the scenes moments, the music. All of it came together so nicely. After being hammered recently with a glut of oddly out-of-place Capitol Couture content, it was refreshing to see a recap that gears us up for the final chapter so well.

We really needed this.


What’s Up With the New/Old Victory Tour Posters?

Yesterday, Mashable revealed a strange addition to the world of Hunger Games propaganda- posters from the “archives” of Capitol Couture covering the 38th Victory Tour.


Well, this was a surprise. And we don’t really understand why they’re doing this. What does it mean? First of all, why would the rebels, now controlling Capitol Couture, release old Capitol propaganda glorifying the games? Who is this Porter lady? Is she someone’s relative? WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

The Mashable piece teases that there will be other Victory Tour posters revealed later this week, but doesn’t have any further information. So again, what the huh?

Stepping back from our confusion for a second, they are cool looking posters. Futuristic, yet not, with the weird neck brace (evidently from an injury suffered winning the games). It invited so many Mean Girls references on social media, which is always fun. But what is this leading to? Was this just a side project Tim Palen took on for kicks and decided to release now, or is this actually leading to something else? Is this the WORLD OF THE HUNGER GAMES spin-off building, or just another piece of in-universe color to get us excited for next week?

We’ll just have to wait, but it did bring up so many questions about what’s next.


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

Mockingjay Part 2 Premieres: The Beginning Of The End

The last round of The Hunger Games franchise premieres have begun. We’re trying really hard to to get too sentimental, but man, it’s hard to know the days of this wonderful promotion-driven lunacy are numbered. There’s a lot of monotony, but there’s always some brilliant moments that rise from the ashes.

With Berlin and London already in the bag, here’s a little catch-up on those premieres!

First off, the ladies of our franchise are not afraid of their boobs. To which we say YOU GO, LADIES!

These dresses are gorgeous and we’re glad they look so confident, because we’d just be a mess of double-sided tape and anxiety in anything that sassy. Hell, Jena looks like a work of art!

Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Willow probably hid their movie theater snacks in their dresses and we forever applaud their ingenuity.

In London, Julianne Moore wore in 19th century nightgown designed by Chanel. At least she seemed comfy?


Yeah, we’re not sure what to make of it either.

As for the news we’ve actually been freaking out about? SAM CLAFLIN IS GOING TO BE A DAD! Like really soon! And somehow they managed to keep it a total secret until the premiere! He and wife Laura Haddock were absolutely adorable, all smiles and cuddles and fawning over the baby bump. AWWWWWWW!


Mainly, it’s just good to see the reassurance that these cast members love each other and have so much fun together. Urgh, we love them!


This isn't goodbye, it's a see you soon. #friendsforlife #mockingjaypart2 #londonpremiere

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The Girl With The Pearl

The Hunger Games Set, Jetted

Thanks to a little getaway this week, I fell a bit behind on my Hunger Games stalking.

Particularly, I missed that big “Jet To The Set” special. But DVRs are a wonderful thing and I caught up.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, we understand why this “Hunger Games special” was hidden away on a little-known station that’s most consistent feature is soap opera re-runs. As we’d feared, this really wasn’t much. Clearly, the idea for this special was conceived after filming already stopped. There were some good elements, though, so let’s break it down. Here’s what we saw:

1) Quick interviews with Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth
It’s always a positive to hear from the cast and really, this is the first video-based promotional interviews we’ve seen so far. But this part of the special was way shorter than we’d hoped.

Pretty building, but we've seen it before, folks!

Pretty building, but we’ve seen it before, folks!

2) Empty set locations
Ehhh… This wasn’t so much “Jet To The Set” as “Walk into empty spaces where the glorious set used to be”. It was basically the equivalent of going on an unofficial fan tour, except you weren’t there in person. Yes, the building are set pretty but it’s not quite the same as seeing them in action.

3) A rich white woman dressing up like Effie Trinket
The irony does not escape us. Also lady, you’re about the millionth person in the world to dress up as Effie Trinket and you’re not a trendsetter, even with professional makeup backgrounds in your corner.

Proof that interviews actually happened!

Proof that interviews actually happened!

4) NeNe Leakes
We got significantly more of this Real Housewives of Atlanta star than we did Jen or Liam, which says a lot about how trivial this special was. Yes, she’s from Atlanta and she can talk about Atlanta but man, we couldn’t get anyone related to the series to talk about what they did out there? Really?!

So, we’re feeling a little disheartened. The Hunger Games is a big deal and we think it deserves a big, glorious send-off with a proper TV special that actually celebrates the series itself. Instead, we got this. Now, we can only hope that the interviews and promotion yet to come will renew our faith!

You Can’t Always Get Whatcha Want…
The Girl With The Pearl

Goodbye (And Good Riddance) To Capitol Couture

A Hunger Games marketing staple has come to an end. Yesterday, Lionsgate released the final issue of Capitol Couture titled ULTIMA VOLATUS (which means “Final Flight”, if you were curious).

And all we’ve got to say is SAYONARA SUCKAAAA!

We’re totally cool with in-world advertising, but Capitol Couture grated on our every nerve. It’s a fashion feature that glorifies the story’s villains and ignorant oppressors while adding in a few scraps here and there that relate back to the characters we actually care about. Sure, it’s stylish and pretty, but meaningfulness to The Hunger Games franchise and its fans is at about 30%.

For instance, ULTIMA VOLATUS has a photo shoot and fashion bits, a story in which Capitol citizens comment on Katniss, and an article on “Revolution styles”… because apparently the Capitol appreciates the revolution and its style now?!

When the very first issue dropped pre-Catching Fire with loads of district styles, we read through it all, but we were cautious even then. When fans, including us, began to express worry that the campaign was too Capitol and a little ignorant to the story, BuzzFeed suddenly released an article explaining why the campaign was BRILLIANT that just screamed “Somebody paid us to write this” (though we don’t have official confirmation, don’t sue us). That was the day that damn fashion side piece became the bane of our existence.

Occasionally, we did get new stills in the mix and new stills are ALWAYS appreciated, but the rest of it? The in-character interviews were vaguely amusing but without substance, and everything else just felt like a perfectly good waste of time and resources. And here it stands, more than two years later, when so many other interesting features and official websites were left to fade and die. Yikes.

This might be the one part of The Hunger Games franchise that we’re genuinely happy to say goodbye to. It means we’ll spend the few weeks left in the campaign focusing on the movies for real!

Also, SURGE AND SWELL? Is this a porno?!
The Girl With The Pearl

Hunger Games Movie Rewatches Ahead!

You were probably planning on watching the three Hunger Games movies in advance of Mockingjay Part 2, but now we can do it together and be tempted by prizes (451 of them, nice number there).


Yes, Lionsgate is organizing movie watching parties for all 3 movies for the next 3 Fridays. We love a big group live tweet, so we’re totally in for a nice fandom-wide rewatch. Hopefully our friends in Europe are night owls so they can tweet along too.

And 451 prizes! We have a suspicion that a lot of these are Mockingjay pins… But we can always use another Mockingjay pin or 4.

We just hope the official account doesn’t get too crazy tweeting about the #feels or other embarrassing fan speak. That language is cool for FANS to use, but when official accounts use it too much, it comes off as cringey and trying way too hard.

Get your popcorn and devices ready!


A Witchy New Look For Our Hunger Games Favorites

Earlier this week, The Girl With the Pearl had some fun with the new features in the Mockingjay app. You can use the app to scan your face, and then you can apply crazy Capitol makeup or the red rebel Mockingjay.

We discovered this week that Lionsgate has another nifty facial manipulation tool in support of another one of its movies, The Last Witch Hunter. Only instead of applying “Capitol” looks, the face is transformed into “witch” style from the movies, and then you use potions to hide your inner witch. We haven’t seen the movie, so this could be wrong, but we’ll go along with it for the fun of using this tool. It’s not as snazzy as the Mockingjay app, so instead of being super high tech and scanning your face, this little feature works from still images (the image just needs to be facing forward, not in profile).

Almost instantly I knew which pictures I had to use to try this baby out… Not ME. NO! Our favorite Hunger Games movie characters!

So in honor of promotional crossover, Halloween, and general hilarity, I give you our Hunger Games favorites, if they were in the Last Witch Hunter universe.

creepy katniss

Katniss looks even more menacing now, huh Snow?


Hijacked Peeta has a whole new meaning now.

prim goth

Prim looks less of a witch a more a teen having a goth phase.


Gale, a few years after the war goes all mountain man (and Witch Hunter, if Vin Diesel’s look in the movie is any clue).

I imagine this was not the intended purpose of that site, but oops.

Creativity just cannot be contained.