The Girl Who Was on Fire (Movie Edition): Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Series

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Includes 3 brand new essays on Gale, the Games, and Mockingjay!

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Katniss Everdeen’s adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide.

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The Girl Who Was on Fire (Movie Edition): Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy

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Overview


Includes 3 brand new essays on Gale, the Games, and Mockingjay!

**Already read the first edition of The Girl Who Was on Fire? Look for The Girl Who Was on Fire - Booster Pack in the Kindle store to get just the three new essays and the extra movie content.**

Katniss Everdeen’s adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide.

In The Girl Who Was on Fire - Movie Edition, sixteen YA authors take you back to the world of the Hunger Games with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more. From the trilogy's darker themes of violence and social control to fashion and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the Hunger Games reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, Panem, and the series, really is.

• How does the way the Games affect the brain explain Haymitch’s drinking, Annie’s distraction, and Wiress’ speech problems?
• What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror?
• Why isn’t the answer to “Peeta or Gale?” as interesting as the question itself?
• What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history—and what can we?

CONTRIBUTORS: Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Mary Borsellino, Sarah Rees Brennan, Terri Clark, Bree Despain, Adrienne Kress, Sarah Darer Littman, Cara Lockwood, Elizabeth M. Rees, Carrie Ryan, Ned Vizzini, Lili Wilkinson, Blythe Woolston, Diana Peterfreund (NEW), Brent Hartinger (NEW), Jackson Pearce (NEW)

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Editorial Reviews

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The Girl Who Was on Fire is a MUST read for any Hunger Games fan. This anthology is as touching and thought provoking as the series itself. The essays included will challenge you to think of aspects of the trilogy in a new and deeper way . . . The Hunger Games may be over, but thanks to The Girl Who was on Fire, the discussion continues.
—Down With the Capital (Hunger Games fansite)

My copy is completely highlighted, underlined, written in the margins, and dog-eared. You don’t know how many times while I was reading it I said emphatically to myself, “Yes!!” as I underlined or highlighted a quote or passage.
—Book Nerds Across America

A fascinating collection of essays about the Hunger Games series … This book is LEGIT. All of the essays are thought-provoking and they really get into the heart and soul of the series. In fact, I’ll even bet you that you’ll come away from this book liking the series more than you did already.
—Forever Young Adult

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936661589
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Edition description: Media tie-in
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 462,140
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Leah Wilson graduated from Duke University with a degree in Culture and Modern Fiction and is currently Editor-in-Chief, Smart Pop, at BenBella Books. She lives in Cambridge, Mass.
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Introduction

You could call the Hunger Games a series that is—like its heroine—on fire. But its popularity, in itself, is nothing new. We live in an era of blockbuster young adult book series: Harry Potter, Twilight, now the Hunger Games. It’s more unusual these days for there not to be a YA series sweeping the nation.

All of these series have certain things in common: compelling characters; complex worlds you want to spend time exploring; a focus on family and community. But the Hunger Games is, by far, the darkest of the three. In Twilight, love conquers all; Bella ends the series bound eternally to Edward and mother to
Renesmee, without having to give up her human family or Jacob in the process. In Harry Potter, though there is loss, the world is returned to familiar stability after Voldemort’s defeat, and before we leave them, we see all of the main characters happily married, raising the next generation of witches and wizards.

In the Hunger Games, while Katniss may conclude the series similarly married and a mother, the ending is much more bittersweet. Her sister and Gale are both lost to her in different but equally insurmountable ways. The world is better than it was, but there are hints that this improvement is only temporary—that the kind of inhumanity we saw in the districts under Capitol rule is the true status quo, and that the current peace is ephemeral, precious, something toward which Panem will always have to struggle.

In other words, the Hunger Games ends in a way that feels surprisingly adult—bleak, realistic, as far from wish fulfillment as one can imagine. Such a conclusion only emphasizes something YA readers have known for years: that there is serious, engaging, transformative work going on in YA literature. The Hunger Games is more than Gale versus Peeta; there’s so much more at stake in this series than love (and so much more at stake in loving, here, as well). The series takes on themes of power and propaganda, trauma and recovery, war and compassion. It’s about not just learning one’s power, but learning the limits of one’s power as well.

Because at its core, the Hunger Games is a coming-of-age story, and not just for Katniss—it’s a coming-of-age story for Panem, and in a way, for us, its readers, as well. The series pushes us to grow up and take responsibility both personally and politically for our choices: those Capitol residents we see milling
through the streets in Mockingjay, the same Capitol residents who so raptly watched the Hunger Games on television year after year without recognizing the suffering that made it possible, are us. That’s a heavy message to take away from any book series, but an important one for all of us—whether we ourselves would be shelved under Young Adult or not.

The pieces you’re about to read don’t cover everything in the Hunger Games series (they couldn’t cover everything), but they do tease out at least a few of the series’ most thought-provoking ideas. Together, they provide an extended meditation on the series and its world, on Katniss and our response to her, on love and family and sacrifice and survival. But you shouldn’t take this to mean the anthology is always as serious as Mockingjay at it heaviest. There’s humor, and warmth, and hope here, too.

Each of our contributors has brought his or her own particular interests and expertise to exploring the series, and topics run the gamut from fashion to science to reality television and real-world
media training.

Still, you’ll find these essays tend to return to the same events and the same ideas over and over again. But each time we revisit them our perspective shifts—the same way reality in the series is constantly shifting—letting us interpret old events, old ideas, in new ways. As each writer passes the torch to the next, our contributors cover new ground while pushing our understanding of the Hunger Games as a whole further, toward a greater awareness of everything these books have to offer.

While editing this anthology—both the original collection, and the three new essays included here—I was alternately surprised, fascinated, and moved to tears, a tribute not only to the Hunger Games series itself but also to the talented YA writers whose work is collected here. And I hope that you, too, will find something fresh to feel or think about in these pages—that The Girl Who Was on Fire encourages you to debate, question, and experience the Hunger Games in a whole new way.

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Table of Contents


"Why So Hungry for the Hunger Games?" – Sarah Rees Brennan
"Team Katniss" – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
"Your Heart Is a Weapon the Size of Your Fist" – Mary Borsellino
"Smoke and Mirrors" – Elizabeth M. Rees
"Someone to Watch Over Me" – Lili Wilkinson
"Reality Hunger" – Ned Vizzini
"Panem et Circenses" – Carrie Ryan
"Not So Weird Science" – Cara Lockwood
"Hunger Game Theory" - Diana Peterfreund
"Crime of Fashion" – Terri Clark
"Bent, Shattered, and Mended" – Blythe Woolston
"Did the Third Book Suck? - Brent Hartinger
"The Politics of Mockingjay" – Sarah Darer Littman
"Gale: Knight. Cowboy. Badass." - Jackson Pearce
"The Inevitable Decline of Decadence" – Adrienne Kress
"Community in the Face of Tyranny" – Bree Despain
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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    cool

    it was nice to read after the series because your so addicted you need something else to read about it, this was kind of like a step towards withdrawl

    57 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2011

    Not great

    I didn't expect the book to be great, just a supplement to the series. Three or so of the thirteen essays are worth reading. There is some good insight, but for the most part, the essays just seem bland and boring comparing the Hunger Games series to reality TV shows or things like that. I bought it just to have, but I'd suggest waiting for it at your local library as to not spend $12 on it.

    44 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo

    I loved THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy Those books have stayed with me, and I think about their meaning in my life and in society. I like it when a book not only entertains me but is so well-written that I have to keep looking to find hidden meaning. When I saw this book with essays written by different YA authors on various aspects of THE HUNGER GAMES, I had to read it. There are essays on how the fashion influenced the rebellion, the reason why Katniss chose Peeta, and how reality shows affect the society of today and led up to the Hunger Games of Panem. There are funny pieces and serious works that really make you think. I really enjoyed the essay by Blythe Woolston about the mental health of the tributes and how that explains many of the problems of their society. I also liked the one on the politics of MOCKINGJAY and the revolution. If you want to take THE HUNGER GAMES to the next level, then you may find these essays enlightening.

    31 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    it was ok

    this wasn't the best book ever. I thought it was going to be the fourth book, but it turned out that it was only a book about the books. So, WARNING this is not a book in the series.

    23 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Great

    This really helped me think of how our society relates to that of the hunger games whilst helping me understand and see certain things in the book better. I actually went back in the book to say oh i didnt see that before (in the 500 times i have read the hunger games).

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

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    It took me longer than usual to finish this book, not because it

    It took me longer than usual to finish this book, not because it's flat or dull, but because it has too much information to absorb fully in a short time. The Girl Who Was on Fire is a wonderful collection of essays from some of the most popular authors in the YA community on the various aspects of The Hunger Games. These authors share their individual insights and perspectives on the book and/or the series - their topics ranging from the characters, the fashion, the scientific aspects, to the mentality of the Games itself.

    'Love' plays an important role in Mary Borsellino's Your Heart Is a Weapon the Size of Your Fist. In her essay, she states that love can be your greatest strength, but it can also be your greatest weakness. Elizabeth M. Rees' Smoke and Mirrors discusses the ways the Capitol uses to trick and deceive, and how these tactics work. On the other hand, Bent, Shattered, and Mended by Blythe Woolston tells us about the impact of the Games on the surviving tributes, how the horror of it all affects their lives as an aftermath of the Games.

    Reading The Girl Who Was on Fire was a great experience for me. The essays are thought-provoking and deep in meaning. They made me think about many things, and I felt enlightened more than once while reading the book.

    Are you a fan of The Hunger Games? If yes, then I'm sure you'd enjoy these essays immensely. Even if you're not a fan of the series, this book will prove to be a valuable source of knowledge. What we can be sure of is that The Girl Who Was on Fire is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. So, what are you waiting for?

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Not bad

    Well... it isnt the real hunger games books, but it really helps you understand

    11 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

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    Good

    I thought this book was very well edited and brought different views all together into one amazing volume.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    SO OBSESSED

    Cool book to ponder over and fuel your obsessive energy. Also good for showing off said obsession. Yay The Hunger Games!
    P.S. Team Peeta forever!!!!!

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Loved the series

    Obviiusly the series was amazingggggg but this book is just an explanation sort of i mean it gives other peoples thoughts and ideas it mite help u understand the series a but more

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Lol

    GO TEAM PETTA

    7 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    So stupid!

    I thought this would be good but I read the sample and hated it! Just a bunch of people praising the Hunger Games!

    7 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Wow

    Its a book ok? Who cares if katniss is being dramatic!!!! Thes how she was made ppl! The author did a really good job of leaving us up to decide who we thought was better, Gale or Peeta. And who cares if it turns out to be like twilight!!! THE BOOKS ARE GOOD and thats all that matters.

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Amazing!

    I am a HUGE fan of Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Prim...I sugest this book to anyone that is interested in Utopian/Distopian Societies.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    Really GOOD!

    Awesome!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    <3

    If i marry gale do u think miley cirrus would be upset????

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    DID NOT LIKE THIS!!!!!!!!!

    Do not buy! I mostly wanted to find out about wiress and her stuttering, it did not thourly cover this. It said in the discription it had that! I also wanted to know about annies troubles, no luck. I maybe even wanted to know about their games, you know ,what happened in them. I HATED THIS.

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Confused

    I know i read the books so fast. This really help me go deeper in to the book and the little deatils.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Seriously

    im team PEETA CAUSE HE ROCKS GALE IS A LOSER how can u not be team peeta

    6 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Anonymous

    TEAM KATNISS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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