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Wednesday
Aug122015

100 Days of Mockingjay

Celebrating The Hunger Games Fandom

The final countdown to the release of our last film in The Hunger Games franchise has begun! It’s officially 100 days until Mockingjay Part 2 opens in US theaters, and we want to spend the next 14 weeks celebrating with you!

Today we’re kicking off a 100-day-long party just for tributes. We can’t let our last THG film go out quietly. We’re going to honor all aspects of our beloved Hunger Games franchise and the passionate people that have helped make it so successful - that’s you! We’ll be focusing on every aspect of The Hunger Games unique and fabulous fandom over the coming months, highlighting the wonderful things that you’ve created out of your love for The Hunger Games book trilogy and movie franchise.

A successful party is nothing without great guests, and YOU are our guests of honor. There will be many opportunities for you to share YOUR stories and creations with us. So get out on that virtual dance floor and show us what you’ve got.

And what’s a party without presents? We’ve got presents! We’ll be holding weekly contests with all sorts of fabulous loot that you can win. Plus a few surprises.

We’ll be using the hashtag #100DaysofMJ across twitter, instagram, facebook and tumblr.

 

Wednesday
Aug122015

100 Days of Mockingjay - Your THG Story 

Suzanne Collins created The Hunger Games from an idea born of late night channel surfing between real war coverage and reality television. Suzanne, the daughter of a career military man and Vietnam Veteran, has said that she wanted to write an age-appropriate war story for every age group. The Hunger Games is her war story for young adults. The trilogy's themes of poverty, socio-economic disparity, government corruption, propaganda, revolution, redemption, and the consequences of war don't make the trilogy a typical YA light read. But I think that's also why we love it so much.

The Hunger Games means many different  things to many different people. For some, the heroine, Katniss Everdeen, is a strong and inspiring female role model, for some she motivates as a survivor of poverty and PTSD. She's complicated, imperfect, damaged and an incredibly compelling lead character.

Some people simply adore the love stories - Peeta and Katniss are the catalysts for countless Everlark fan fics. Everthorne, Odesta, any 'ship you sail in The Hunger Games certainly isn't all hearts and flowers and the romances in the books are tinted with sadness. Not a typical happy ending to be found anywhere in the trilogy, yet we relish them all the same. 

In Thailand, citizens have identified with The Hunger Games and used its three finger salute as a symbol to combat injustice. Odds In Our Favor uses the salute in their #MyHungerGames initiative to highlight economic inequality in the world. 

We want to know what The Hunger Games means to YOU. Why do you love it? How has it inspired you? What brought you into this wild, wonderful fandom and how has it changed your life?

This week, share your story. You can write it in the comments below or share on our Facebook page. You can also snap a photo, or create an edit or gifset based on what The Hunger Games means to you and tag us on InstagramTwitter, or Tumblr. Use the hashtag #MyTHGStory across social media so we can find you, and we'll share as many of YOUR THG stories as we can this week!

This idea was completely inspired by the lovely Everlarked & Always, a blog you definitely should be following on tumblr. Check out the eloquent #MyTHGStory submissions of Everlarked & Always followers here .

Be sure to enter our Your THG Story Giveaway in the widget below! The giveaway is open to international tributes and runs from today, August 12th until Tuesday, August 18th at 8:00pm EST.

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Wednesday
Aug122015

100 Days of Mockingjay - Elise's THG Story

Week 1 of our 100 Days of Mockingjay celebration is all about Your THG Story. Read about how to contribute yours here.

Elise is one of the writers here at PanemPropaganda and co-manages our instagram account. Here's her THG Story:

There are all types of people who like The Hunger Games. I was one of those people who didn’t connect with the trilogy when it first became popular. But I hadn't given it a chance. I’ve always been a “book person” but the books seemed violent and inhumane to me; I simply wasn’t interested no matter what people said. However, one of my friends convinced me to go see Catching Fire the weekend it came out, and I couldn’t go see that without seeing the first movie! So I forced myself to watch The Hunger Games (At the time I hadn’t read the books yet...I know, I know…). I thought “Okay this isn’t that bad but the concept is still strange to me”. The next day I saw Catching Fire and I was totally mesmerized during the whole film. I saw it multiple times and then I received the trilogy for Christmas and read them in January of 2014.

This trilogy (obviously!) means the world to me. I absolutely love interacting with all of you and being a part of the team at Panem Propaganda. I’ve gained so many friends and experiences in The Hunger Games fandom.The Hunger Games inspires me to believe in myself and to be strong and fight for what I believe in, no matter what anyone thinks. If something is important to you, it’s something that matters. The characters are unique and intriguing, along with the world they live in, Panem. This trilogy is a perfect example that life can go on, and people can learn to love after destruction, loss, and trauma. It prepares us to think about our future because after all, we are the future, and we have the chance to make it bright.

You can follow Elise on twitter @lawrencexswift

Thursday
Aug132015

100 Days of Mockingjay - Lara's THG Story

Week 1 of our 100 Days of Mockingjay celebration is all about Your THG Story. Read about how to contribute yours here.

Lara is one of our long-time readers and is the Queen of the reaction gif. I'm serious, someone needs to get this woman a crown. Lara is the mastermind behind @THGPickMeUp, a twitter account of daily THG happiness. 
“Fine,” I gruffed to one of my best friends before Brit Lit was about to start. She told me several times throughout the semester that I simply HAD to read a book series called The Hunger Games. English major that I was, I much preferred writing than reading. Literature did not impress me easily. In a sea of mediocrity, I’d zone in and out until I practically forgot the entire tale being told. Talk about a waste of time.

I kept my friend’s recommendation in the back of my mind until I was off for the summer. Soon, it was June, and I had already been on vacation for six weeks. I figured, what the hey. I could’ve used a project to kick-start my brain again. I went to the library and picked up a novel that featured a gold, foreign bird on a smooth, black cover. As I checked it out, I thought, “Hope this is decent.”

Lying in bed, holding the book, I reviewed the little I knew about The Hunger Games: 1) It involved a fight-to-the-death, 2) The older sister saved her younger sister—the infamous “I volunteer!” incident, 3) The movie that recently came out, starring a newcomer named Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, and a handful of other actors I was familiar with. Jennifer was the main character. Katniss, maybe? There were two main male characters, but I did not know their names, nor who played whom. (When I was first reading Gale’s character, I was in constant conflict with myself: “I think this is Liam. Nope. Josh. No, no, it’s Liam. Maybe it IS Josh…”) and 4) Apparently, this series was a big deal.

With practically a blank slate, I opened to page one. Immediately, I was interested. Before the first chapter ended, I had already made it to the “volunteer” scene. How, I wondered, had I already hit this? It was to be a huge part of the series, and I JUST read it. I wasn’t even on page thirty yet! What more was to come? It was going to be a slow ride, wasn’t it?
 
Oh-ho-ho, was I wrong.

Suzanne Collins surprised me with every turn of the page. Her chapters slapped me in the face, blind-sighting me over and over again. A conflict would quickly arise, the resolution would be presented soon after, and we’d be on to a new problem. This novel was unlike anything I’d ever read. It held my attention, indefinitely. I couldnot predict events, like I’d managed to do in nearly every single piece of literature I’d ever read. 

I’d fallen in love (and not just with Peeta Mellark). I was in love with the way Suzanne wrote. I was in love with acknowledgement to real problems in our current world that most literature cannot even scrape the surface of because, “What if he doesn’t like me? Oh, my gosh, he LOOKED at me. Are we married yet? I have to kiss him. He’ll have my babies…!” ENOUGH! I was in love with the subtle humor. I was in love with how attached I felt to every character in one way or another.

For several nights, I read into the wee hours of the morning—until I was too exhausted to go on. I was hanging on every word my eyes flitted across. When I reached the last page, my heart hung heavily, not wanting to leave the world I had been entranced with. Katniss narrated, “I take [Peeta’s] hand, holding on tightly, preparing for the cameras, and dreading the moment when I will finally have to let go.” I felt the same way when it came to the wondrous novel I was reading. I wanted to hang onto the glorious book hangover I was soaking in. The second I read “END OF BOOK ONE,” I was ready for book two.

The rest is history.

I’m still hooked, two years later. I’ve been accepted into the fandom—even though I was a little late. I’ve met some of the loveliest people through this series. I’ve experienced true joy in speaking with them, in following our cast, in watching the movies, and in reading the book series over and over.

Part 2 may be coming out this year, but my love for this series will burn on forever.

 

You can follow Lara on twitter at @Larrs9325 and @THGPickMeUp 

Friday
Aug142015

100 Days of Mockingjay - Kendal's THG Story

Week 1 of our 100 Days of Mockingjay celebration is all about Your THG Story. Read about how to contribute yours here.

Kendal is one of the writers here at PanemPropaganda and co-manages our instagram account. Here is her THG Story:

 

When I first heard about The Hunger Games, I was a 14-year-old eighth grader. Through my eighth grade year, I heard small tidbits of information about the trilogy through friends and family members. It wasn't until I was fifteen, however, that I completely dove into Katniss' story and my obsession began.

My story seems backward to most people since I did things in reverse order. A few days after Catching Fire was released in theaters, I went with two of my friends to go see it (after they begged me to come and practically dragged me out my front door!). Up to that point, I hadn't read the books or watched the first Hunger Games movie...pretty backward, right?

Sitting in the theater, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the movie.  But watching Katniss and Peeta grow closer together while fighting to protect those they love, AND trying to stop a rebellion from starting all at the same time, was captivating. I felt as if I was personally feeling every emotion Katniss experienced on screen (thanks to Jennifer's amazing acting). So, when the movie ended, I went home and researched where to find the books and the first movie.

A few weeks later, I had read the whole trilogy, watched both movies, and was buying as much merchandise as possible...you could definitely say my obsession was beginning. Reading the books helped me understand Katniss more, and I realized we handle stressful and emotional situations in very similar ways. I find myself applying Katniss' ideas and emotions into situations I experience many times a day, and doing so helps me grow even closer to the trilogy. Making a Twitter account dedicated to the trilogy (@jennifer_thg) and joining Panem Propaganda has helped me meet many friends and amazing people who share my love for The Hunger Games.

Meeting people from all over the world through this trilogy is something I never expected that day when I saw Catching Fire for the first time, but I'm so thankful that I did. I might not have done things in the correct order (read the books first, and then the movies), but I'm so glad my friends convinced me that day to go to the movies. Everyone has a The Hunger Games story, and I (and all of us here at Panem Propaganda) can't wait to hear them all during our 100 Days of Mockingjay Countdown.

Follow Kendal on twitter @jennifer_thg.

 
And be sure to enter our week one GIVEAWAY here. You could win a black mockingjay pin and a mockingjay journal! 

 

 

Friday
Aug142015

100 Days of Mockingjay - Chelsea's THG Story

Week 1 of our 100 Days of Mockingjay celebration is all about Your THG Story. Read about how to contribute yours here.

Chelsea is one of the rays of light in the fandom. She's always positive, supportive and engaging with other fans. Here's her THG Story:

Like Katniss, I never wanted to be in the Games. I didn’t know much about The Hunger Games, but I saw commercials for a movie starring people in blue hair and children fighting. I didn’t know enough to get the hype. My co-workers kept telling me that with my long hair intricately braided I looked like Katniss. What was a Katniss? It sounded like an infection… and in some ways it was.

I watched the first movie and instantly became hooked. Being a part of the Harry Potter fandom, I knew how consuming a book series could be, but I couldn’t help myself. I went through all three books in a week and was delighted to hear that Catching Fire was still in the theaters. All of the actors in the franchise have played their character’s beautifully, but none more than Jennifer Lawrence. Every emotion that Katniss has is believable. Every action purposeful. She is Katniss Everdeen.

The decision to be a part of the fandom was not what I intended but just as Katniss did, I volunteered. There was no other option but to become a tribute. I was intrigued by the ideas of strength, hope, power, and love that are so prevalent throughout the series. The Hunger Games has taken its readers into the nucleus of war in a way that forces us to see that each decision we make will lead to very real consequences. We all can’t save the world, but The Hunger Games teaches us that we have power within ourselves. We don’t have to accept the fate we are given. We are strong and we have a voice to use.

Last November, I was fortunate enough to win a trip to the premiere of Mockingjay Part 1. I had written a poem from Katniss’ point-of-view and to this day I still can’t believe I was given the opportunity. It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. I met fellow fans, tributes, who were kind and caring and who have become my very close friends. I then met some of my idols on the red carpet. They were so incredibly gracious and I will cherish the pictures and memories I have with them forever.

Today marks 98 days until Mockingjay Part 2 is released in theaters. We are on the cusp of something incredible and we, the fandom, will not go quietly. This series is not a fad. It is not something that will be forgotten about in a few years. It matters. The stories, the characters, the actors—they all matter.

Thanks to Twitter, Tumblr, and all other forms of social media, we will continue loving all aspects of The Hunger Games. We will continue our friendships with wonderful people and continue to admire the amazing cast. We will write about our “Ships” and honor the fallen. We will share our fan art and celebrate the beautiful stories. The three-finger salute will be seen around the world and fan screams will not quiet. Thanks to Suzanne Collins and the cast/crew of the franchise, our fires will burn forever.

Follow Chelsea on twitter at @chelseab343.

Sunday
Aug162015

100 Days of Mockingjay - Angie's THG Story

Week 1 of our "100 Days of Mockingjay" celebration is all about Your THG Story. Read about how to contribute yours here.

Angie is one of the writers here at PanemPropaganda and one of the contributors to our Facebook page. Here's Angie's THG Story:

I remember being at a movie and seeing the trailer for the first Hunger Games and wondering what it was all about. One of my fandoms was soon coming to an end at the time, and so I was a bit sad and had a hard time reading anything else. My friend Melissa and my daughter suggested I read the series. My daughter is a HUGE fan. I wanted to read the book before the first movie came out, so I gave it a go. It sucked me in. I wasn't expecting that to happen with any other series. Yes, the subject matter was tough to get through. Especially being a mother myself, it was hard to grasp the whole concept of the reaping, the children, the parents sending their children off and may not see them again. Whoa..... it was heartbreaking. There were times I had to remind myself that "it's only a book", because I would get so emotional. 
 
I immediately fell in love with the characters. Katniss and Peeta. So young and having to make very serious, adult decisions. To me, Katniss is a beacon not only of hope, but that you and I can make a difference. A woman, even a young girl, can be heard. Our voices are important, and we must stand up for those who can't do it for themselves. "Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes."

This series has also directed me to Panem Propaganda, which I absolutely love contributing to, and to some great friends that I'm so happy to know. I love them. I love THG. And I'm proud of it. *3 Finger Salute*

 
You can follow Angie on twitter at @Angiepro4.

 

 I immediately fell in love with the characters. Katniss and Peeta. So young and having to make very serious, adult decisions. To me, Katniss is a beacon not only of hope, but that you and I can make a difference. A woman, even a young girl, can be heard. Our voices are important, and we must stand up for those who can't do it for themselves. "Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes."

This series has also directed me to Panem Propaganda, which I absolutely love contributing to,  and to some great friends that I'm so happy to know. I love them. I love THG. And I'm proud of it. *3 Finger Salute*

 
Monday
Aug172015

100 Days of Mockingjay - Amber's THG Story

Week 1 of our "100 Days of Mockingjay" celebration is all about Your THG Story. Read about how to contribute yours and enter our giveaway here.

Amber is one of the writers here at PanemPropaganda and one of the contributors to our Facebook page. Here's Amber's THG Story:

So you guys remember that book Twilight everybody loved a few years ago? I am going to totally out myself here, but I came to THG Fandom via (gasp!) The Twilight fandom. I know, I know. Everybody hatesTwilight. The thing is the author of the Twilight series highly recommended The Hunger Games on her Web page and well, Twilight kinda was my reawakening to the fact that I loved to read. Flash back to 2009, here I am, a stay-at-home mom skulking around the YA section desperate for something to make me want to read like Twilight did. I didn't want to read "another book like Twilight" and I gave into Mrs. Meyer's suggestion and purchased THG......and I was absolutely amazed.  It was unlike anything I ever read.  Every chapter was a cliffhanger. I purchased Catching Fire and tore through it only to find out that I had to wait over half a year forMockingjay (can you imagine the torture of waiting that long?!). 

After finally reading Mockingjay I can remember just sitting there not knowing how to feel. I am a "happy ending" kind of girl and this was such a departure for me. A few months later I reread the series in its entirety and everything just clicked. Katniss was just a girl thrown into this crazy situation. She was selfish at times, but she became selfless. She was real. Peeta was an example of the type of person I would like to strive to be. Kind, compassionate and loving, despite hardships. Their story is possibly one of the most powerful stories I have ever read. These books about "kids killing kids" serves as a possible warning and a lesson....a lesson about HOPE.
 
When they announced they were making them into movies, I was thrilled. I started to push everyone I know into reading the books, including my husband (who doesn't like to read for fun). Behold, he read them and enjoyed them ( babe, I told you so!)!  It was so cool to sit down and discuss them with him. Something we hadn't done before.

I went to the midnight premieres, I watched multiple times at the theaters, I even started to host DVD parties as the movies came out. There truly is something different about THG fandom, it reaches so many people, from all walks of life.
 
I am kind of an introvert and it has given me a way to start talking to more people. A common ground I didn't feel I had before. So, even though I came from the Twilight fandom (and I still love Twilight, shhhh), I feel like The Hunger Games series is one of the most powerful, thought provoking things I have ever read. It's true, I have become obsessed. And when you are obsessed you totally reach out to the coolest fandom page and tell them how obsessed you are.....and then that fandom page asks if you want to help, and you pass out. :-)
 
They say (whoever "they" are) a great story stays with you.....The Hunger Games will always be a part of me. For me it will always be a symbol of hope. 

 

You can follow Amber on twitter @AmberHRaileyCheck out Amber's art at MommyPaints