After years of me trying to get him to read these books, he finally decides to do it after his friend starts raving about them. (My opinion means nothing, apparently. Humph.) And even then he only committed to reading them when I started reading a chapter aloud to him before bed. By chapter six or so he was so interested that he just finished up on his own and he got so hooked. My non-reader husband finished the whole trilogy in less than two weeks.
Since then he has been all about it, out-fanning me at every turn. I am actually planning a movie night out with him and a bunch of his guy friends. I'm not going to lie, this makes this YA writer so freaking happy, I can't even tell you.
So, yeah, if the husband wants to spend a Saturday evening driving to LA to see the cast of The Hunger Games doing a Q&A, I'm not going to say no. We drove to the mall, grabbed some food, then wandered around looking for the event. It took us a little longer than we anticipated to find it, and we found a small line at the entrance, which we promptly joined. Then, when we were literally NEXT in line, security announced that no one else was getting in. WHAT. I was sure it was age discrimination, but I was surrounded by 12-year-olds, so the husband told me that I was probably wrong.
We were RIGHT behind that girl when they cut off the line. CURSES!
And don't think that the husband let this deter us. Oh no. We lurked around the entrance anyway, watching and waiting. I was trying to find a way to sneak in while he looked for some sort of backup viewing spot. We also listened in on the HG trivia that was taking place on the stage, and MAN, I was owning that. I haven't read the first book since 2009, but I am still a boss at HG trivia. (I do need to do a reread before the movie, though.) Finally, after about 20 minutes of lurking, security said we could come in. HOORAY.
This sign was awesome. It had a battery pack and the PEETA lit up.
Welcoming Katniss to the stage
We walked over to the side of the stage where we had a great view. We only had to wait for a few minutes before they brought the cast out, which was nice because the screaming fangirls were a little shocking to the husband and he didn't have a lot of patience for them. They showed the trailer for the movie while they were waiting and when Effie pulls Prim's name at the reaping, the entire crowd of hundreds yelled "PRIMROSE EVERDEEN!", and then when Katniss volunteers to take Prim's place, the entire crowd yelled "I VOLUNTEER!" The husband said, "If they do this shit at the movie, I am going to be PISSED." I assured him that everyone will be silent at the movie...I hope they don't let me down.
The cast came out and the crowd went INSANE.
A very attractive group of people
I have been pretty blah about Liam Hemsworth as Gale. I've said since the first pictures were released that he looks like cro-magnon man...a total knuckle-dragger. Bah. But, hoo-boy, Laim Hemsworth in person is HOT. His natural hair color suits him so much better than the dark, he is a tall drink of water, just the way I like them, and he has that smexy Australian accent. I'm not Team Gale, I'm certainly not Team Liam-as-Gale, but I am firmly on Team Hot Liam. Nom nom.
In this picture he looks like he is LOOKING DIRECTLY INTO MY SOUL
Josh Hutcherson is wee. He also looks better with his natural hair color. He's adorable, though, and he made me laugh quite a few times.
Jennifer Lawrence is absolutely delightful. She's gorgeous and has the cutest personality....she was just cute and funny and totally charming.
A few things I remember them saying:
They all gave love to Suzanne Collins, and Liam mentioned that if it wasn't for her, none of them or us would be here, and I thought that was really cool.
Suzanne Collins was in the room for Josh's audition.
Jennifer is friends with Lenny Kravitz's daughter, so she has always known him as Mr. Kravitz and that's what she called him on set.
Some girl (not me) asked Liam to marry her and he said yes.
A random video I got of the Q&A. I'm impressed with my zoom.
Um...I can't think of anything else. There was a LOT of screaming. The husband was terrified. And eventually I fell back from my good spot so some kids could get closer, so I couldn't see or hear as well after that point.
The whole Q&A was only 15 minutes, which was really short. And that was all it was...just the trivia before and then the 15 minutes of the cast.
I'm such a freaking DORK
It was pretty fun to have a little Hunger Games date with the husband, who is quite possibly even more excited for this movie than I am. And just to make him feel a little more like an adult, and get away from the screaming, we ended the evening with beers on the patio at Pink Taco. But, never fear, we still talked about HG.