We totally wrote this post thinking this week was the 25th episode of Hunger Games Fireside Chat… actually, it’s the 24th. Still, we had a decent portion of this written soooo we’re gonna go with it!
There’s a new website for Hunger Games Fireside Chat. The web address is www.hgfiresidechat.com and we suggest to go there because it’s fabulous. Seriously.. we could spend hours doing nothing but scrolling over those panels linking to the newest episodes!
Seriously.. go scroll over the panels!
Anyhow, the site also has an awesome episode index with links to every show. We admit, we didn’t catch on to Fireside Chat until Episode 9 or 10. So we spent some time catching up on the Pilot episode.
While it’s amazing how far the show has come, it’s also really cool to see who was in on it from the beginning. Four fantastic fansites made an appearance as well as a few individual members of the fandom with BIG influence. Since then, the show has grown into the funniest on-air source for all things Hunger Games.
So without further ado..
An Unspecified Amount of Things (aka 16) We Love About Hunger Games Fireside Chat (in no particular order)
The New Website – Again, HGFIRESIDECHAT.COM! You can catch up on old episodes with us, comment on them, get the low down on the hosts, and find links to all the guests. What more could you want?!
The Fansite Reps – We love that almost every Hunger Games fansite has had a representative on at least once or twice. There’s variety. These people KNOW their Hunger Games and really get you into the show!
Healthy Debate – Thank. goodness. for. this! Seriously! Most fandom debates devolve into “I DON’T AGREE WITH YOU SO I’M GONNA RIP YOUR FACE OFF!” Thankfully, these people are tame enough to have a really solid debate without turning into the fangirls from hell.
Cave, Marry, Kill – Because who doesn’t want to decide what characters they want to bang, spend their life with, or brutally murder?! We wish they did it more often!
Equal Opportunity Promotion – Are you an absolute nobody who occasionally talks about The Hunger Games and has good intentions in doing so? You’re in luck! The Fireside Chat lets every get involved, no matter how small. This site was a mere speck on the radar of the fandom when we were asked to get involved (though we’re still fairly speck-y), yet they still consider us, which is really effing cool.
Support for Great Causes – HungerisNotaGame.org, DonorsChoose.org and The HP Alliance are among the awesome fan-based charities advertised and supported on the site. We’ve donated to both causes and love seeing such a prominent fan destination do the same!
Contests – Mini-Posters, tote bags, box sets, mockingjay pins and magazines have all been dished out to fans via various contests ranging from trivia to rewarding for donating to charity. If only we had such powers!
The Special Guests – Find out about a crazy new Hunger Games topic Monday morning? There’s an expert there to talk about it Monday night. Not to mention that they’re mostly insightful, funny people!
Making Our Unhealthy Obsessions Seem Normal – Specifically, Entertainment Weekly photos and the SECOND BY SECOND TRAILER BREAKDOWN. If not for this show, we’d have to be obsessive all on our lonesome! It’s not nearly as satisfying.
Katniss Everdeen’s Orange Backpack – Certified truth: Our Backpack Gate 2011 post is the highest ranked post on Victor’s Village. Backpack Gate, of course, started on HG Fireside Chat, then turned into a phenomenon all its own.
Live Shows – There’s no cookie cutter packaging here. Sometimes, people interrupt each other or a phone breaks up, but the ultimate result is a completely spontaneous environment that makes it fun! Comments and reactions are real, unedited, and instantaneous.
Crackpot Theories – Zombie Apocalypse? Gale and Madge getting it on? Prim being set up for The Hunger Games? YES PLEASE.
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The Sense of Community – People from all over the world take part in or listen to the show. It’s not just five Americans blathering on. It’s a worldwide event hosted by an independent source that brings all the fans together instead of breaking us up into a million different Hunger Games podcasts from a million different Hunger Games fansites.
Lionsgate Love – We have our qualms with Lionsgate on occasion, but we can’t help admit how impressive it is that they endorse a fan run project regularly.
The Hosts – Savanna and Adam, Adam and Savanna (in no particular order!) are awesome. The show would be complete chaos were it not for their expert hosting skillz. We could never do it.. we’d end up killing a fool. Fo’ real.
That Damn Twitter Hashtag – In the craziest wave of fan involvement for Hunger Games fans thus far, people regularly tweet their reactions to the show, usually as it airs. Sometimes they’re hysterical, sometimes they’re poignant. Either way, we love them.
Happy 25th Episode in a Week and a Day, Guys!
The Girl With The Pearl