HungerGamesTrilogy.net’s fan of the week is Maddie. She is 15 years old and she’s from the USA.
Q and A with Maddie
1) How did you learn about The Hunger Games?
I had heard about the Hunger Games from Pinterest actually…but didn’t take much thought about it, until my friend started to urge me to read it. She told me that it wasn’t your “run-in-the-mill” book, but one of the best she had read in her life. She also told me that they were going to be making a movie, when I looked up the cast and saw that Josh, and Jennifer were gonna be in it, I wanted to read it right away. So when Christmas came and I got a reader, my first purchase was the trilogy, I couldn’t put it down, and since then I have read the first book 11 times and the other two books 6 times each. I am such a fanatic, and I have bought almost all the magazines, have three different Katniss outfits, and saw the movie 6 times. I am totally in love with this series and have even taken up archery and made several parodies. I <3 Hunger Games!
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?
Well of course as everyone else would like to say ” I’d probably want to be in district 12″ and who wouldn’t wanna be Katniss? But if it were reality, I’d probably end up fishing in 4, or harvesting in 11. But I would NOT want to be in the Capitol, not just because they are blood thirsty and disgusting to me anyway, but because I am one of those people who finds it hard to be idle. I honestly would not wanna just lay around and eat all day. And I would definitely hunt in the woods, I would probably be afraid, but I would still do it. From actual experience, I’m pretty good with a bow, and roughing it in the woods would not be hard for me, because I know plenty of edible plants ( dandelion tops are delicious, the bottoms…not so much) and I am not squeamish at all.
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?
This is a hard one but I’d have to say for one Rue…because despite her being adorable and all, she really is of some use (using her slingshot and providing me with another opinion on edible plants). Another might be Foxface, except that I might be a little afraid that she wouldn’t be loyal and I might ultimatley end up dead. But I guess the ideal team to me would be Thresh (his strength), Rue ( I could trust her), Peeta ( I could trust him too), Katniss ( great food source, though might be a threat when provoked), and perhaps Johanna ( I have no idea why, haha, I just like her courage). Though I wouldn’t object to an alliance with Beete and Finnick either.
4) As a Hunger Games tribute, what would be your skill and strategy to survive?
I know I’m no fighter so I would stay hidden and set any traps I could. That’s the only chance I’d have.
Mostly to lay low, unless I had to protect myself, which I would if the time came. I don’t think I would hunt anyone down, but rather keep to the outer edge of the arena. Possibly hunting and replenishing my water source while waiting till it came down to the final couple of tributes. Then if I had any alliances, I would break them off, but not kill them just seperate, as to reduce the risk of having to kill them. Then make my way a bit deeper into the arena, spying on other tributes assesing there weaknesses and trying to see if I could knock out any sources of food they might have. I guess I would kill someone but the thought doesn’t rest well with me so mostly just lay low until the final few.
5) What do you think of ‘The Hunger Games’ movie?
It is the best movie EVER!!!!!! The first time I saw it I didn’t take a breath the whole movie….I just sat there ,my eyes glued to the screen, and when it was over I felt like I could breath again. It was sooooo intense, and so artistically done. I loved it. I cried and laughed and was just freaking amazed. Which brings me to the cast who were the best cast I could hav hoped for! Jennifer conveyed through her eyes, every inside thought Katniss had in the book. It was amazing to see her act, cause it didn’t feel like she was acting., it seemed rather effortless. Josh was an AMAZING Peeta, but then again, I knew he would be. I have no doubt that because they involved Suzanne Collins in the casting process, they the best actors possible. The Careers genuinley scared me, I felt kind of sorry for Gale, Haymitch and Effie were spot on…everything was great. I found the movie to be unreal and beyond my usual hope for a book-to-movie franchise. I will be buying this as soon as it comes out.
6) What’s your favorite scene from The Hunger games movie?
Rue’s death without a doubt. Amandala played Rue perfectly. Jennifer Lawrence had the rawest emotion in this scene. I cried so hard, every single time I saw it. When you see Jennifer scream, I just couln’t hold it in anymore. It was so powerful, and even though I hated the Capitol before, I could’t help but loathe them even more after it. The uprising in 11 was a nice touch… I totally stated ” This is WRONG, you people are sick, your killing our children and enjoying it, this is the most demented thing ever.” I was shaling so hard after that scene….it was amazing. If I had to pick another it would probably be the Reaping, cause though it was sad in the book seeing it visually sent me over the edge and all Icould think was ” What if that was MY sister they were about to send of to her death, what would i do?” It was great. So far as funny scenes though I love many of Jen and Josh’s onscreen exhanges mad me laugh histerically.
Maddie and her brother made a Hunger Games parody. (Parody of old Jimmy Fallon Pepsi Dance Commercial but they used Coke instead)
Team Peeta shoes! <3