Lois: What inspired you to create hggirlonfire.com, and what can fans expect to find on your site?
After reading the books we were so captured by the story and emotional depth of the characters that we found ourselves wanting the opportunity to connect with other fans by developing a site that provided the most current Hunger Games news and gave fans like us an outlet to share in our Hunger Games obsession. On our site, readers can expect to find not only the latest news reading the Hunger Games books and movie, but also information about the Hunger Games cast members other projects and participation in events.
Lois: Are the actors portraying the tributes close to your visions of the characters in the book?
A lot has been debated about the actors cast in the Hunger Games movie. While visually we don’t believe any of the actors fit the images we had in our heads, we support their casting, and after seeing some of the images from the movie, reading different interviews, and of course that AMAZING trailer, we couldn’t be happier with the casting choices made. We also appreciate that much of the casting has been with relative newcomers and are excited to see what they bring to their characters.
Lois: I’m interested in your take on some of the main characters. For example, I think of Katniss as kind, thoughtful, resourceful, intelligent, heroic, and forced to act hard and tough due to the extreme circumstances of the Hunger Games. Do you agree? If not, how do you view Katniss’ personality?
Yes, Katniss is all of these things. For us, she is the epitome of a survivor. She has endured such a difficult life at such a young age and found the strength to pull herself together to survivive. Whether that was learning to hunt and gather plants to eat, stepping up to take the place of her sister at the reaping, finding the courage to open herself up to possible love, and facing her fears to become a symbol of hope for people. At the same time Katniss doesn’t claim to be more than she is, a young girl thrown into an impossible situation and experiencing all the fear and uncertainty that goes along with that.