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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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Published April 5th 2011 by Smart Pop
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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
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
Feb 03, 2012 Kira 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
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
If you don't like The Hunger Games or feel no attachment to them, really, you're not going to like this book. However, if you like the series (like me) or like reading about in depth analysis of things (like me) or are somewhat interested in seeing what other people have to say about the series (like me) - well, this is a must read.

You're not going to want to read this straight through like I did; each essay gives you a lot to think about. They're all really interesting points and it's a lot of
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
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
Ta§chima Cullen
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
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

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
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.


i was all ready to pass on this until i s
Dana Cruz
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
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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
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.
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!
Mar 17, 2012 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Airiz C
Apr 22, 2011 Airiz C rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Emma (BelleBooks)
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
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 very dramatic. they idea of the book is new and exciting and the idea of the rebellion being suddle an ...more
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
Amy L. Campbell
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
If you read my reviews of The Hunger Games books, you'll see that I did not read the series with any sort of scholarly thought. I just immersed myself in the story and read to the end. The authors who wrote these essays really thought about the concepts and the characters. Their essays reminded me of critical analysis papers I used to have to write in high school. But they were very interesting to read! Some were a bit repetitive, although I'm sure they didn't know what the others were going to ...more
Jun 01, 2012 Philip rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Philip by: Heather
3.5 Stars, rounded down.

Perhaps this book should have been called, "Women Write About 'The Hunger Games.'" Maybe it sounds sexist and trite, but of the 13 authors contributing to this book, one is male. ...Check that, it doesn't sound trite - it is trite, because the essays are all well written, and I enjoyed them. Double check that. It isn't trite, because I was just wondering what a male perspective would have brought. TRIPLE check that... it IS trite... I'm a male, so I'm bringing a male pers
Originally posted @ The YA Bookworm

i never thought that I will give this book a 2 star rating, i super LOVE the Hunger games trilogy! and i thought i will find myself liking this short anthology of the series. oh man! I feel so bad for giving this book 2 stars, but i was just so bored when i was reading this.

this book is actually about a compiled essay about the hunger games craze, so basically the book just revolves around the 3 main characters (Katniss,Gale,Peeta) and also about Panem and th
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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.

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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.”
“Katniss isn't the kind of hero we're used to seeing in fiction. She reacts more than she acts, she doesn't want to be a leader, and by the end of Mockingjay, she hasn't come into her own or risen like a phoenix from the ashes for some triumphant moment that gives us a sense of satisfaction with how far our protagonist has come.

She's not a Buffy. She's not a Bella. She limps across the finish line when we're used to seeing heroes racing; she eases into a quiet, steady love instead of falling fast and hard.”
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