HUNgER gAME S

HUNgER gAME S


Hello, everybody! My name is Elle, and
today we’re gonna be talking about The Hunger Games. Now, you may be asking, “Elle,
why are you making a video on The Hunger Games in the Year of Our Lord 2019?” and
first of all, my answer to you is, “Why isn’t every single person on this planet
making their own individual videos about The Hunger Games in the Year of Our Lord
2019?” But this is especially prompted by the book cover and title release of the
upcoming Hunger Games prequel book by Suzanne Collins. If you have not like,
kept up to date, Suzanne Collins has announced that she is officially writing
a new Hunger Games book, but it is going to be a prequel, before like, Katniss’s
time. It takes place sixty-four years, I believe, before the trilogy happens,
and it is entitled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Let me get my laptop out, and
let’s– let’s talk about it. Have the computer. I have an article up from USA
Today, and it is saying that the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is due to be
released on May 19th of 2020. They just released the cover of the book, which
looks great, in my opinion. I love it so much. It stays so true to the theme of like,
the original Hunger Games books, and it has a Mockingjay on it. It’s kind of in
the shape of the pin with like, this little like, branch going on around it. It
looks like a branch, from what I can tell. And then there’s some– there’s a snake.
Ugh! I’m so excited. So yes, this prequel is going to take
place 64 years earlier than the Hunger Games series, and it starts off on the
morning of the 10th Hunger Games competition. It’s apparently going to
happen during the Reconstruction period after the war, because if you’re not
familiar with the Hunger Games [sarcastically] as well as I am, the whole like, thing was created
because there was like, this huge war– [imitating Gale in the movie] “War, terrible war”– and they decided to have
the Hunger Games to remind people that the Capitol will always like, have power over
the districts and things like that. And so this is going to be apparently the
Reconstruction period after the war, and so far, that is the
information we have on The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and… I’m so hype. Let
me tell you something about myself. I was not on YouTube seven years ago… thank
god I wasn’t. But if I was, you would have seen such a feral side of me. I was the
biggest Hunger Games fan, as like, a majority of people who like, lived in
that time and were– I don’t know, I was, what? Maybe 13 when it happened? How old was I? I was like, 13, 14 when the Hunger Games got like, very popular. And yeah, that was a
whole other person. It’s still like, deep down inside me, because I am still such a
Hunger Games stan. Like, I know, like I said, it’s 2019…
it’s only been seven years. I will not let go of the Hunger Games. That series
still remains one of my favorite things in the entire world. It’s so smart, and it
has everything in it. It has diversity. It has like, actually very valid social
commentary that can be applied to today. It’s very relevant, and it talks about
like, mental health issues. It talks about war. It talks about capitalism. It talks
about just like, the horrific things that the government is willing to do. How the
government does not care about its people. It talks about like, self-image. It
talks about like, how everything is a lie. It talks about propaganda. It’s literally…
it’s so good. Anyway, so my backstory. I got into the Hunger Games when I was in
eighth grade. This was like, 2011, I’d say. It’s before the movie ever came out,
and they were like, on the rise, like, the books, because the movies were
coming out and they were starting to release like, stills and things like that. I originally was not interested in reading it because
I knew that the concept was about how the government just rounded up like, 24
kids and like, put them in a big arena and like, basically forced them to kill
each other until one person remained, and I did not like that concept very much.
Which, I don’t know why, because that’s so up my alley, but I think I was trying to
be all like prim and proper– Prim! No pun intended. I think I was like, trying to be all like, “Oooh, I don’t want to read about violence.” I
/always/ want to read about violence. It’s so fun. Anyway, I eventually caved. I read The Hunger Games. [groans] Oh my gosh. I wish I could tell you that like, I was a casual fan. I was not. I want to revisit this like, very long
period of my life. This was probably several like, maybe four or five years where
like, I thought about The Hunger Games every single day of my life. My first
tumblr URL was “thgbroadwaybound,” which combined my love for The Hunger Games
and Broadway. This tumblr eventually changed into a full Jennifer Lawrence
like, stan, like, tumblr. Like, I was so in with Jennifer Lawrence, and the fact that
like, everybody knew that I was gay before I did is like, proof of how
intense this Jennifer Lawrence like, obsession was. Because like, I’d be out
here sitting at the dinner table with my family, and I’d be like, “Yeah, I’d scissor Jennifer Lawrence on the dinner table like, if like she was cool with it.”
And my whole family would like, look at each other like… “That sounds like lesbian
activity.” And I’d be like, “But I’m not gay, though. I’m not.” No, I knew like, everything
there was to know about Jennifer Lawrence. I had seen every interview. I
knew every fact. I’d seen every picture. I could like, see a picture of her and tell
you what date it was taken on, where, and what she was wearing, like, the brand of
the outfit she was wearing. I was not a Joshifer shipper, because that is
disgusting. I can’t get behind that at all. I was a Joult shipper, though. If you
know what Joult is, you are a real one. Also, unpopular opinion: I actually prefer
Katniss with Gale than Katniss with Peeta. Don’t slaughter me over that. I
just– I just feel that way. I feel like Katniss and Gale are like, I don’t know.
They’re just like, closer. And Peeta’s like… I was so here for like, Everlark–
that’s their ship name– I don’t… I don’t go with the “Peeniss” ship name. That’s disgusting. No. Everlark, I do thi– I was there for
it like, in the beginning, like, when I first read the series and like, a couple
times after I had first read the series, but I eventually like, realized that
like… I don’t know. It’s all fake. Like, it’s all fake. And Katniss and Gale are like… they have better chemistry, just in my opinion.
They’ve been friends for years. I don’t like, necessarily want them to
end up with each other, because one, Katniss is like, dealing with so much
trauma, and I don’t think that she should have to deal with like, a relationship at
all. Also, she’s gay. She and Johanna or she and Cressida
should have ended up together. That would have been– oh! My mind. It was so intense.
Probably like, top three like, most intense obsessions I’ve ever had in my
life. Let’s see. I dressed up as Katniss for Halloween, like every, you know,
14-year-old girl in 2012 did. I went and saw the movies in theaters with my whole
family. I got my whole family into the Hunger Games. I’ve read the book about, on
average, once a year since I read them for the first time. I can basically
recite them like, verbatim at this point. I know everything. Also, let’s not forget
about the time that I lied my way into meeting some of the Catching Fire cast. I
specifically most notably met Sam Claflin and Jena Malone. I’m not gonna go
into that story, but that’s a thing that happened. There was a time where my
room was literally just pictures of Jennifer Lawrence and Hunger Games
posters. I actually still have some Hunger Games posters. Let me pull those
out. They’re not on my wall, but that doesn’t make much of a difference. I have
this Catching Fire poster. I have this Mockingjay Part 2 poster? Yeah, Part 2,
because I got this when I went and saw the double feature at the movie theater
when Mockingjay Part 2 came out. They played Part 1 and Part 2 back-to-back,
which was such an emotional journey for me. And then I have this poster, which is
signed by like, four Catching Fire cast members when I met them at their
Victory Tour that they did like, when the movie was coming out. It was like, a press tour and I met them. And this is only like, three of them. I had so many. I had like, the huge ones. I remember I had one specifically for the Hunger
Games. I had one- I had two for Catching Fire. It was the same poster, and I hung them
both up in my room. I once had “Panem Today, Tomorrow, Forever” on my wall, which
is kind of like… I feel like I did not understand that point fully in the Hunger Games that propaganda is a disease, but I did
it anyway. It’s unfortunate that they don’t let you get tattoos when you’re 14,
because I would definitely have like, a Mockingjay symbol or something like that
tattooed on me if they did. I might still get one, who’s to say? Basically, what I’m
saying is like, The Hunger Games is my entire life and I think about them so often. They still remain my favorite series like, of all time. They’re just so
intelligent, and they have so much to unpack and so much to think about, and
it’s just all still so valid. It has raised so many like, relevant points, and
I think that it’s aged very well over the past decade, like, even to the point
where it’s even more relevant now than it was like, back when it was popular. I
admittedly have not reread The Hunger Games in a couple of years, just because I have got life going on, you know. It’s a
stressful time, but like, you know. It’s still so deeply ingrained in me, and I’m
definitely going to reread them before the end of this year because I want to
prepare for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. I can’t believe that we’re getting like, a new Hunger Games book.
That is just so wild, and I never thought I’d be able to say that sentence,
but it’s happening. We’re getting new Hunger Games content. Oh my gosh. I am
going to be the most obnoxious person alive when this book comes out. It’s
gonna be all I talk about for the rest of my life, possibly. Basically, this is a
whole video of just me saying like, I’m excited. I’m so excited. I don’t know. If
you’re out here stanning The Hunger Games in 2019… join me. Maybe it’s a good
thing that we like, haven’t died yet. Sometimes I think it would just be
easier to like, stop existing, but if I stopped existing, I wouldn’t get
to read the new Hunger Games prequel. I’m also very curious as to like, what this
book is going to explore. Who the protagonist is going to be. Maybe it’ll
be the perspective of somebody who dies in The Hunger Games. I don’t know.
I’m very curious about the whole politics aspect of it though, because I’m
a deeply like, political person as it is, and The Hunger Games are just such political books. They don’t seem like it like, on the
surface, I feel like. I feel like a lot of like, people who read it back when
they were like, younger didn’t really catch on to how political it is, but
like, give it a reread, because it talks about so many different topics. And so
I’m wondering how political this book is going to be, because I think Suzanne
Collins would not revive the Hunger Games like, kind of thing going on unless
she had a message to say. She’s not like J.K. Rowling, where she just like, continues
to talk about the Hunger Games and like, makes things up, and like, say things just
to like, keep the Hunger Games alive. No, she is– I saw a tweet that just said
“She’s happily sitting on her Mockingjay money” and that’s it. But now like, I
feel like she has a message to say, and so she’s going to say it in this new
book, and I’m very excited about that. I hope that it delves into more of the war,
because that’s kind of an obscure topic in the book. They do talk about like, the
war, but they don’t actually go that deep into details, so I’m very curious as
to like, what kind of information we’ll get out of that. It’s just more world-building, which I just love, because the universe in the Hunger Games is just so
fascinating and complex and interesting and very like, relevant. I don’t know. I
have total faith in this book, and if it doesn’t reach my expectations, I’m going
to be highly disappointed, but I trust Suzanne Collins. I feel like she will do
an excellent job. There’s like, no– there’s nothing about The Hunger Games that like,
I have a problem with at all, and so like, Suzanne has managed to like, string me
along this long. It’s been seven years, Suzanne. I’m waiting for the new book, and
I know you’re gonna crush it. Like, I just I love it. I’m so excited for this book. So anyway, if you stan the Hunger Games, you
should talk to me about the Hunger Games. I act like this is like, an obscure
series that nobody’s ever heard of, but yeah. Talk to me about the Hunger Games.
I have all of my social media in the description. Tweet me. DM me on Instagram
or Twitter. You can, I don’t know, find me on Goodreads, reading The Hunger Games.
Literally just talk to me about the Hunger Games. Tell me your favorite
characters. Tell me your favorite aspects of them. My favorite character is Finnick.
He’s so valid. Anyway, this is my video of me talking about the Hunger Games and
how much I love the Hunger Games and how much the Hunger Games has consumed my
life. I hope you guys are all having a lovely day, and I will see you all in my next video. Alright, bye! [fails to imitate the Mockingjay whistle] I can’t whistle.

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