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

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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.

In The Girl Who Was on Fire, thirteen YA authors take you back to Panem 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 fashi
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Paperback, 210 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Smart Pop
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Realornotreal
Apr 14, 2011 Realornotreal rated it it was amazing
There are some books that are just fun to read, an enjoyable ride that you are happy you took. Other books, are not only enjoyable, but make you think (and think...and think...) even after multiple readings. The Hunger Games Trilogy for me (Admin T), can definitely be counted among the latter. So, when I heard that Smart Pop Books was publishing an anthology about the series, I have no shame in admitting I contacted the publisher right away, almost begging for an ARC to read and review

The Girl W
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A&E
May 27, 2011 A&E rated it really liked it
Remember when you finished THE HUNGER GAMES and you desperately wanted to talk to someone about it. And that desperation only got worse after you read CATCHING FIRE, and by the time you finished MOCKINGJAY you were practically frothing at the mouth - stopping random strangers on the street and forcing them to listen to your HUNGER GAMES trilogy babble!

As book bloggers we had an outlet for discussion with each other. But wouldn't it have been grand to talk to some of your favorite YA authors abo
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Kiki
Feb 03, 2012 Kiki marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm very, very, very mildly interested, enough to want to pick this up and see what everyone has to say, but it'll be a cold day in hell when I spend a cent of my money on this. When I read the blurb it does pull my interest, but on the most part, what I'm thinking is, "Wow. What a tasteless grab for cash."

The way it's going, The Hunger Games is going to be milked absolutely dry by the time the third movie is ready to premier. I wonder if, like the Twilight saga, (which reigned supreme and stood
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Aoife
Mar 05, 2016 Aoife rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

I actually didn't know this was a selection of essays discussing different themes in The Hunger Games. For some reason I always thought it was a selection of fan fiction written by other YA authors about THG. While I would have definitely loved some fan fiction, I did mostly enjoy reading other author's thoughts on the trilogy. I loved some more than others, in particular Sarah Rees
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Mayra
Jul 10, 2011 Mayra rated it really liked it
The only problem with this book is that some of the essays have actually very little about "The Hunger Games". And some focus too much on topics like genetics and Reatity TV, while it could be discussing the actual story.
The book started really good. With amazing essays and beautiful profiles of the characters. Summing everything you had in your mind when you finished reading the series and putting it into words.
Then, it got a bit tiring when authors stirred too far away from the actual "Hunger
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Jianne
Aug 27, 2012 Jianne rated it it was amazing
The Girl Who Was on Fire is such a good book to refresh my memory and really, seriously take my love for The Hunger Games Series to the next level. Having read the trilogy before all the hype about the movie and before there was even news there was going to be a movie, the beauty of the series stayed but then of course, I also read great books after that but this in a way rekindled by passion for the trilogy.

My feelings about reading the trilogy and The Girl Who Was on Fire can be expressed with
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Kate Kerrane
Mar 08, 2011 Kate Kerrane marked it as to-read
Wow! All right NCCLers, I just might have to buy one more book. Then I'll stop; I really mean it this time! This book was just posted to a reading teacher's site I belong to. those of you who have read the Hunger Games Trilogy, we'll have to check out this book of essays. Below is the review of the book:


I’m such a nerd, so needless to say I was thrilled when the ARC of The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy arrived. I immediately dove in and was
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Elizabeth
I have very mixed emotions about this book. It's an unauthorized collection of analytical essays about various aspects of the Hunger Games trilogy by different YA authors (some more famous than others). A couple of these essays are gems for content, like Sarah Darer Littman's "The Politics of Mockingjay" in which she asserts that maybe the methods of torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners are not so far off from what happened at Abu Ghraib (waterboarding, anyone?). Blythe Woolston's essay o ...more
Taschima Cullen
Jan 20, 2012 Taschima Cullen rated it really liked it
I reviewed this book on April 2011, when it was first brought into my attention. Recently though I received the new movie edition which includes 3 new essays that pretty much rocked my world. Here is my original review, along with the new paragraphs on the new content.

April, 2011:

These kinds of books are awesome, and specifically this one is amazing! The essays are so good! There are 13 essays (for 13 districts?) in total, some have to do with fashion, psychology, PSTD among the winners of The H
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Jessica
Jul 08, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, i-own, read-in-2011
Pretty much everyone has heard of The Hunger Games, and most have their own opinions about the series. What we rarely get to see, is an author share their thoughts about a book or series. The Girl Who Was On Fire gives us that chance. Each author focuses on a certain topic, or issue, in the book and they explain their thoughts on the trilogy.

I had several sections of this book that stood out as favorites. Each author brought humor and fascinating theories to support their outlook. Sarah Rees Br
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Jonathan
Dec 07, 2012 Jonathan rated it liked it

I feel as if I need to defend my stance on any polarising books. Although, as G.K. Chesterton just pointed out to me, if my audience is set in their views nothing I say can persuade them otherwise. Eitherway when it comes to The Hunger Games there is a lot of contradicting perspectives. A lot of people say that it is genius, a lot of people say that it is poorly written. I myself am no huge fan of the writing style necessarily as much as I am of the plot, characterisation and substance behind th
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stephanie
Feb 23, 2012 stephanie rated it really liked it
this was a pretty awesome collection of essays. i particularly liked the essays on game theory, team katniss, PTSD, cinna and whether or not you liked Mockingjay. it makes me happy, and the essays were perfect to read before bed.

highly recommend it. jennifer lynn barnes kicks some serious ass. my admiration for these authors keeps growing - including carrie ryan and diana peterfreund. if you liked the hunger games, you should pick this up and enjoy it.

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i was all ready to pass on this until i s
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Dana Cruz
Apr 21, 2011 Dana Cruz rated it liked it
It's like a very long review of The Hunger Games trilogy. It makes you see the books in a whole new way. It makes you see how really really brilliant of an author Suzanne Collins is. I've never really thought that there might be a deeper reason for Haymitch's drunkenness. That Katniss may be the fire but Cinna is the torch. And I strongly agree that the Hunger Games is more than just Team Peeta or Team Gale. It also made me realize that some programs today, though not brutal and bloody, are not ...more
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
Jan 19, 2016 Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hunger Games Fans
Shelves: ya, non-fiction, dystopian
Meh. Started off interesting....then got boring and stated the obvious too much! A bit disappointed if I'm honest. All the best parts of the book were quoted on the Goodreads sidebar (which is what originally made me want to pick this up), good advertising guys, it totally reeled me in.

Not worth a full review.
Jennifer Madero (Boricuan Bookworms)

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For all The Hunger Games fans, this is a book made specially for you. And for those too that didn't seem to find anything relevant in them, that hated how superficial they were, any type of person that wants to know more of these books by Suzanne Collins, this is for you. This book is an anthology, a collection, of essays written by various authors that give you a deeper insight of the games, the characters, and most p
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Sarah
Apr 22, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: tabled
I read a handful of essays and scanned the rest, and opted not to finish with any more thoroughness. While the various writers had a few worthwhile points to bring up, overall I felt that their pieces lacked depth, instead ringing with more of a AP English timed write/guided prompt note.
Avery
Dec 30, 2010 Avery added it
All I have to say was that I hated Mockingjay; that was the first actual time I felt depressed, I can't even stand reading twice or more... That's how much I hate it I even threw it across my bedroom!
Joost
In Het meisje dat in vuur en vlam stond ga je dieper in op het verhaal van The Hunger Games. Zestien auteurs hebben papers geschreven over The Hunger Games. Vele aspecten van deze trilogie worden benoemd, zoals de personages, relaties, de samenleving, de corruptie, de oorlog, schoonheidsidealen, reality-tv, mentale stoornissen en nog veel meer. Elke schrijver heeft een bepaald onderwerp wat hij/zij nader toelicht.

Aangezien ik al een ruime collectie aan boeken over The Hunger Games heb, kon dit b
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John
Mar 17, 2012 John rated it liked it
Recommended to John by: Erika
I had to keep reminding myself when as I read that I was not the target audience, that it was written for teens. If I knew a teen who loved the Hunger Games trilogy I would recommend this to them. It would be useful to help them develop critical thinking about what they read. As an adult I found the essays pointed out little that I did not think about while reading the series.

I would recommend limiting your reading to 1 essay a day. I initially tried to read several and found they seemed too si
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Airiz C
Apr 22, 2011 Airiz C rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Hunger Games fans
Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy is a literary firestorm that swept many young adult readers into its addictive heat. It may have ended in Mockingjay, but Katniss’ unforgettable story is blazing in the readers’ hearts up to this day. The flames are further fanned by the buzz about the first book’s big screen adaptation in 2012, keeping the fandom more alive than ever.

I’ve read so many books after finishing the trilogy, but no other dystopian-themed book is able to dislodge it from its speci
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Emma (BelleBooks)
Aug 22, 2011 Emma (BelleBooks) rated it liked it
As most of you will already know I loved The Hunger Games books!
I've been eyeing up this book for a while now and decided to buy it, as soon as it arrived I started reading it!

The Girl Who Was On Fire is a collections of YA authors giving their thoughts on different aspects on The Hunger Games trilogy.

To me this book was a huge let down. I really had much higher hopes for it. Don't get me wrong, all the points argued by the authors are interesting and make sense but they isn't really much in he
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Theresa
Jan 24, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy
Leah Wilson
this book surpized me due to the fact that i was not intrested in survior tv show and thought that a childrens book could not have any intrest. but this book had more information and story then i would have supposed. i liked the dramatic reaping and the heroic love of the older sister toward her younger sister. they dynaics and difficulties that Katniss faced in her childhood are inspireing and ver
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Kayla Eklund
I am indifferent to The Girl Who Was on Fire. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. It was interesting hearing all the points of views about the Hunger Games. I think it is cool that different people can read the same book and everyone of their perspectives on the book will be different. I was happy that the book featured quite a few essays by debut authors along with authors that most people know and love, such as Carey Ryan. If I liked the debut authors essays, it made me want to read ...more
Kaylyn
Jul 20, 2011 Kaylyn rated it really liked it
The purpose of this collection of essays was to get fans of the series thinking, to expand their thoughts and ideas, and to explore the many concepts found in The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. Here are the essays:

Sarah Rees Brennan on what makes this series so appealing and good. Jennifer Lyn Barnes on understanding the character that is Katniss Everdeen. Mary Borsellino on how the concept of love played a huge part in the story. Elizabeth M. Rees on the fact that we cannot trust
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Echo
Mar 27, 2013 Echo rated it liked it
As all collections of short stories by various authors have, this book had it's ups and downs. There was a chapter or two that was completely mind-numbing in it's analyzing, a few more that were full of duh moments that ultimately left me no more enlightened or questioning then I'd begun the chapter, and a handful that were gems. They analyzed how fashion, community, media, and PTSD were such huge underlying elements in the books And the conclusions and messages they draw are very well supported ...more
Jon
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I have been a Hunger Games fan ever since 2008 and I remember when THG wasn't the global phenomenon it is today. In fact I remember recommending THG to a few of my classmates and I remember them telling me it sounded stupid and ridiculous. **Fast Forward 4 Years** The same people who told me that THG was stupid, went to the movie on opening day and claimed that they were huge fans of the trilogy. Just because you saw the movie doesn't mean you are a huge fan of THG trilogy
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AtenRa
Jan 11, 2012 AtenRa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology
The Girl Who Was On Fire-Movie Edition contains all the awesomeness of the first edition of The Girl Who Was On Fire, plus three brand new essays from Brent Hartinger, Jackson Pearce, and Diana Peterfreund, which I will discuss separately.

Brent Hartinger: Did the third book suck?
Brent talks about his disappointment in the last book of the series, Mockingjay, but also tries to support people who liked it.
I agree with Brent's opinion, more or less. I am one of the many (few?) who didn't like the
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AtenRa
May 27, 2011 AtenRa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction, anthology
If there is a book that deserves to have an anthology filled with authors' thoughts written for it, then that book is definitely the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The Girl Who Was One Fire is exactly that: authors' take on the YA phenomenon that is the Hunger Games and what, according to them, made it such a huge success.

Personally I liked all the essays. Some were longer than others and they dragged just a little bit, giving me the impression that they were more of an analysis on th
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Pica
Apr 04, 2011 Pica added it
See full review here.

With this book, it's not so much that I enjoyed it - which I did - but I think this is an important book for anyone who was read the Hunger Games trilogy. It both reminded me why I liked the Hunger Games and addressed the deeper issues of the trilogy in relevant and meaningful ways.

I was initially overwhelmed by Mockingjay, and after finishing it, I intentionally stayed away from all things Hunger Games. However, I saw this book in a "Monday's Muse" post on The Secret Adve
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Amy L. Campbell
Apr 27, 2011 Amy L. Campbell rated it liked it
Shelves: blogged, reviewed, 2011
Note: Review copy received from publisher.

Perhaps targeted towards a younger audience than me, I felt that some of the essayists had a tendency to lean more towards the too familiar and chatty kind of essay. Nothing really wrong with that, but it personally irritated me. Additionally, there were a few inaccuracies, the most notable in Lockwood's "Not So Weird Science" where she referred to the first cloned sheep as "Polly" where a quick fact check by the editor could have cleared this up (althou
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Leah Wilson is Editor-in-Chief of the Smart Pop imprint of Dallas-based publisher BenBella Books. She graduated from Duke University in 2003 with a degree in Culture and Modern Fiction, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Fall season premiere schedules make her a little giddy.

(Her author blog is the main blog for Smart Pop's website, and she'll be using this Goodreads account in part to do some
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“I'm not Team Gale or Team Peeta. I'm Team Katniss...the core story in the Hunger Games trilogy has less to do with who Katniss ends up with and more to do with who she is - because sometimes, in books and in life, it's not about the romance.

Sometimes, it's about the girl.”
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“There's an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that I've been thinking about a lot while writing this essay. In it, Buffy sacrifices her own life to save her sister, and right before she does, she tells her sister that the hardest thing to do in the world is to live - ironic words coming from someone about to kill herself for the greater good. As I'm writing this, I just keep thinking that Katniss never gets to sacrifice herself. She doesn't get the heroic death. She survives - and that leaves her doing the hardest thing in the world: living in it once so many of the ones she loves are gone.” 78 likes
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