HungerGamesTrilogy.net’s fan of the week is Jackson. He is 17 years old and he is from Arkansas, USA. (I should have posted the fan of the week last Friday but things just got busy.)
Jason’s Hunger Games collection:
Q and A:
1. How did you learn about The Hunger Games?
Last summer, my little sister always had a Hunger Games book with her everywhere she went whether it was to a football game or when we would go out to eat. She even brought them to church one time! She couldn’t put it down. I was invested in a different series at the time but I knew that I would want to read them. I had read all about the making-of the movie in magazines, but the spread in Entertainment Weekly really provided another aspect of my interest in a series I had yet to read! I was a huge fan of Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence. Josh was in two of my favorite movies, Bridge to Terabithia and The Kids are all Right, and I was blown away by Jennifer’s performance in Winter’s Bone, so I was extremely excited to see them cast in what seemed to be an extremely well liked franchise. School started around this time and I didn’t have much time to read anything during the year because we were constantly reading books in my Literary Composition class. Jump ahead several months and the movie is opening in a few days. I started freaking out because I STILL had not read this book everyone seemed to be obsessing over. I immediately picked up my sister’s copy and started reading that night. I found myself enthralled upon every single word on the page. I know this sounds clique but I literally could not put it down! It was so good! I related to every character in one way or another, especially Peeta and Katniss. The next day, I went to our local book store and picked up everything even remotely related to The Hunger Games. I was officially obsessed.
2. If you were born in the dystopian era, what do you think would your life be? Would you be living in one of the districts or would you be enjoying a fabulous life in the Capitol?
I wish I could say I could see myself in District 12, with Katniss and the gang, but I honestly picture myself somewhere is District 4. Most Districts are extreme in one way or the other, whether its extreme luxury, poverty, brutality, but District 4 seems the chilliest. Also, the water provides lots of resources and I love the ocean.
3. If your name was called in the reaping and you’d be participating in the Games, which of the tributes from the 74th and 75th Hunger Games will you choose as allies?
I really admired Foxface while reading the story. I was deeply upset when she died but I was glad it was a painless death. She was so smart and intellectual. I feel like the reason she got a 5 on the individual evaluation was because her strengths were definitely more internal rather than external, like Clove and Cato. Hopefully Foxface, Peeta, Katniss, and I could have all teamed up and defiantly beat the Capitol in their own game together!
4. As a Hunger Games tribute, what would be your skill and strategy to survive?
I have a really good since of hearing and being aware of my surroundings and in this type of game, those are extremely important. I am pretty athletic and I like to read books too so hopefully those will come in handy as well if I need to run or figure out some code or strategy to stay alive (like they did in the Quarter Quell.) I would only play a defensive game though, never attacking first. I would rather let nature take its course than try to do damage myself.
5. What do you think of ‘The Hunger Games’ movie?
Movie adaptations are always so hard to do for a popular franchise, because every little thing is being watched under a big microscope, people pointing out every little change and addition. That being said, I thought the movie of absolutely fantastic. Jennifer’s portrayal of the young heroine was spot on, as well as the chemistry between Katniss and Gale at the beginning. I wish Josh had more material to develop this character with in the cave especially, but he did extremely well with what little character development he had to work with. I realize that they did leave out the Avox and Madge, but the central story line stayed true to the book and they handled the subject material so poignantly, just like the book itself did. I felt so connected with Jen and Josh the entire time. I have now watched the movie in theaters 5 times; the 4th time being my favorite because I had then finished the entire series by then and everything seemed so much more permanent than it did before. I really appreciated the small touches like the white roses in the scenes with Snow in his garden, and Katniss and Gale’s only true, non-rushed moments together while hunting at the beginning in the forest was beautiful. I couldn’t be happier with the movie.
6. What’s your favorite scene from The Hunger games movie?
I thought the Reaping scene was so true to the book. I had chills the whole time watching Jennifer’s phenomenal performance and hearing Prim’s piercing scream. I thought this scene really brought out the emotions the book intended to. I know I was getting a little misty myself, because I have a little sister that means so much to me. I also thought the scene where Peeta throws the burnt bread to Katniss is so wonderfully chilling. I thought the gradual flashbacks added a nice touch of remembrance. By Rue’s death scene, I had to put my hoody over my head to draw as little attention to myself crying my eyes out as possible. At first, I wanted for Rue and Katniss to be crying their eyes out as well during this scene, but then I realized that they wanted to be brave to each other and to be strong. When Katniss kissed and raised her hands to the camera, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the sold out theater.
Here’s more! Jackson and his friends created a spoof of the Hunger Games.