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“A Battle of ‘Royale’ Proportions”

Episode 17 of the Hunger Games Fireside Chat podcast aired live Monday, July 25, at 10pm ET/7pm PT!  This week, our panel of experts included some of our fabulous friends from Down with the Capitol and The Hob. We were also joined by Crystal of and, Natalie of Crushable, Kim and Todd of Reflections of a Book Addict, noted photographer Rebekah, Jon Rosenthal of The Group That Shall Not Be Named, and Ariel of Madam Pince and the Librarians and Nerdy, Wordy, and Almost Thirty.

  • We kicked off the show with the latest Hunger Games-related news, including: post-Comic-Con reports from Arianna (Down with the Capitol) and Amanda (The Hob), info about the Unauthorized Guide to the Series by Lois Gresh, filming updates, and more
  • At around 10:30 or so, we chatted with Megan from The Hob about their partnership with WhyHunger and what YOU can do to help
  • We also talked to Shylah from Down with the Capitol about her Hunger is NOT a Game initiative (if you haven’t yet heard about the severe drought in East Africa and the UN’s recent declaration of famine in Somalia, please read more about this tragic, real-life battle)
  • At about 10:45, we broached a topic that has long been a source of annoyance for most Hunger Games fans: those who claim that Suzanne Collins’ trilogy is a “rip-off” of the Japanese novel and film Battle Royale (we think these claims are ridiculous and explained why)

Towards the end of the show, we said our secret password — HEAVENSBEE — and three lucky listeners won official Hunger Games mini-posters!

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Follow this week’s participants on Twitter:
Adam Spunberg (Host): @AdamSpunberg
Savanna New (Co-Host/Producer): @MlleNouveau
Down with the Capitol: @HungerGamesDWTC
The Hob: @TheHobOrg
Crystal: @pikko/@mockingjaynet/@FictionalFood
Natalie: @nataliezutter/@crushabledotcom
Kim and Todd: @lifeand100books and @ttotheodd
Rebekah: @Rebekahdg
Jon Rosenthal: @tgtsnbn
Ariel: @Madam_Pince