Monday, March 5, 2012

Hunger Games Mall Tour

The other day the husband says to me, "Want to go to the Hunger Games mall tour? It's in LA on Saturday."

Um...what?

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. 

The crowd

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

My thoughts:
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.

45 comments:

  1. This is amazing. Thank you so much for taking pictures and sharing so that we can all live vicariously through you. And you are NOT a dork. I'd have made that same face and thumbs-up sign if I'd been there!

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    1. Yeah, I can't resist the cheesy thumbs-up. EVER.

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  2. You are so funny! What a great event. Like you, I read the first Hunger Games years ago, but I don't think I'll reread it before the movie - maybe then I won't get so caught up in comparisons. Unlike you, I'm Team Gale! That Peeta sign was awesome though. :)

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    1. I'm not Teem Peeta either...I'm Team Katniss!

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  3. SO, SO, SO Amazing Jess. I CAN NOT wait for this movie!

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    1. I KNOW! I'm bouncing in my chair over here.

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  4. This whole post is made of win. Freaking Jennifer Lawrence is so beautiful.

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  5. Thank you for letting me live vicariously through you at this event!

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  6. Oooh! That is so awesome! I love that the husband is so into it---my hubs is probably going to be the only dude going in our big group to see the movie. When I told him that, he said, "Is that okay with you?" Um, DUH! I love that HG is bringing so many different people around to YA!

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    1. Yay for Dr. H! What a stud!
      I can't believe I'll be going with a group of at least three guys. I'm so freaking excited.

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  7. Haha, I can't believe you went to this. Too funny.

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    1. I am still in shock that it was my husband's idea!

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  8. Wow! This totally makes me want to read the trilogy. I don't even know why I haven't yet. Some people are starting up a book club and I might throw it there so I can get it done.
    Go your H for being an awesome fan!

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    1. What? You haven't read it? Get on it, my dear! So good!

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  9. Mmhh. Liam as Gale? Yeah. I'm totally Team Gale. I'm all about the knuckle dragging.

    Ha!

    What a cool event to attend. You are so lucky living where you are!!

    Although, I'll be honest, I caught that last picture of you on FB, and I thought you were at some wrestling event. I don't know why. And I remember thinking, Go JESSICA! OWN it!

    Hunger Games Mall tour is way cooler. Hehe.

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    1. Welllll, I do have pictures of me at a wrestling event on fb. ;-\ So, yeah...you weren't seeing things.

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  10. VERY COOL! My favorite part is that your husband read the books. I tried to get mine to read them...no way. He is not a reader. I can leave my very own wip laying all over my bed and he still wouldn't read a line unless I forced him too.

    Awesome photos. Liam is HOT!

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    1. I never in a million years thought he would actually read them. You should do what I did...just start reading him a chapter before bed. He'll get hooked before you know it.

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  11. Huh...I think he was looking into MY soul :D lol

    It looked like a wonderful event and a fun one too :D As mentioned on Twitter, please do let your husband´s friends know they can call mine and rave about The Hunger Games anytime. My non reader husband does not seem to value my opinion on this either...

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    1. You need to try the read to him before bed tactic, too. Ot works wonders!

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  12. HA! I can't believe you went to this! I wanted to go but already had plans! :-(

    I want to be on board with Liam...then I remember two very important facts.

    a) He dates Miley Cyrus

    b) His brother is older, slightly taller, has the same accent, and is infinitely hotter.

    Chris > Liam.

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    1. I don't even know of this Chris. I'll need to track him down.

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  13. You actually went to this! lol

    Dude I was so into the older Hemworth but not this one, until I saw the photos from this tour. Yup, definitely better with his natural coloring.

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    1. I sure did. If there is a cheesy event in town you can pretty much bet I'll be there.

      And, yeah...it's the natural hair. It's magic.

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  14. This sounds like an epic date night! Now if I could figure out how to get my hubby to read YA...

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    1. Read to him before bed! It worked for me!

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  15. Dork, schmork! I'd have asked Jennifer to sign my boob! :)

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  16. Ah! How cool is this! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  17. My husband read all 3 in a little more than a week. He rarely reads so it was funny how quickly he was consumed by them.

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  18. I haven't finished reading them yet, after putting it off and putting it off, I finally started it two days ago, and LOVE :)
    I don't know what team I'm on yet, but I'm leaning toward a specific person that I'm not going to say yet ;)
    The event looked like fun, I wish I lived nearer a bigger city where they'd stop for cool events like that!

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  19. I LOVE that he's into the books, too. It's one of the few (maybe only?) series that both Brent and I love. He's agreed to see it in the theaters with me, too. :)

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  20. Ah what is this?! I'm so disappointed that the cast of HG doesn't want to make a stop in SLC! I'm very excited for the movie and this post just solidified that fact.

    -Emma

    P.S. He totally is looking into your soul. (He isn't still with Miley Cyrus, is he? Pretty sure that look is cheating.)

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    1. HA! Yes, we won't tell Miley about that look.

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  21. LOVE this. I can't brave the crowds in Seattle so I think I have some wonderful students who are reporting back for me. :-) I'll remind them to get there early. I'm surprised it's so short!

    PS I can't get on board with Mr. Hemsworth because he's dating Miley Cyrus. I'm not sold on Josh Hutcherson for Peeta still--he better be amazeballs in the movie.

    SO EXCITED NO MATTER WHAT!!

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    1. I have a good feeling about Josh as Peeta. Hopefully he doesn't let me down.

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  22. OMG this looked nuts but totally fun. So cool that you got to go, and that you husband was the one who told you about it! I need to get my hubby to read the books. I'm sure he'll see the movies though. Can't wait for the movie!!

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  23. Ah! You're so lucky to live so close to the action. And woot-woot for the hubby's interest in HG.

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  24. Wait, Lenny Kravitz is in this thing? And Zoe? I am getting so old.

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