Movie Moment: The Hunger Games of Blogging?

On Friday the IFB team indulged in a little movie magic. We had all read the book, and have been chattering incessantly for weeks about what the film adaptation of The Hunger Games might be like.

 

Giant fountain Diet Cokes in hand, contraband candy stowed in our handbags, we settled into the theater and let ourselves be swept away in this post-apocalyptic world where children are forced to fight to the death. Now, I'm no movie critic, and this is certainly not  a forum to gush over Liam Hemsworth and give away a bunch of spoilers, so don't worry. We're thinking about blogger cornucopias and rising above the competition!

 

Here's our thoughts on The Hunger Games, as it relates to fashion, blogging & whatever else is on our minds at the moment…

 

After seeing The Hunger Games, I started to think about what it would be like if every year, 23 fashion bloggers were brought to The Capitol (New York City, probably) to battle to the last. What kind of games would we have? Would it all end in an outfit pose-off? A tweet-to-the-death battle? I also loved that Elizabeth Banks' character, years and years in the future, is wearing spring 2012's on-trend florals and a peplum skirt. In our games I think she'd say something like, “May the wireless connection be ever in your favor.” Taylor

 

The Hunger Games is all about anticipating your competitors next moves and staying on top of your game. In the land of blogging, you may not be fighting to the death but you are going head-to-head in terms of readers and hits. If “the Hunger Games” can impart some kind of wisdom (besides stay away from weird berries and land mines), its that being aware of your competitors moves will keep you one step ahead of the flock! Monitor your favorite blogs by looking at which posts get the most comments, which pictures get the best response, etc. Think of it as a mini case study for your own blog!Amanda

 

I can't stop imagining what a blogger Hunger Games would be like. The cornucopia would be full of spare batteries, wireless routers, DSLRs and the highly coveted iPhone charger… Would you run into get them if you we risking death by power-cord strangulation? What basics would you need to survive as a blogger in the wild? – Crissie

 

You never know when your daily survival skills will save your life. Katniss had to hunt for her family everydaye, so she developed skills that really helped her survive the games. You never know what you do every day right now that will prepare you for the next level! – Jennine

Did you see The Hunger Games this weekend? Did you learn any lessons applicable to blogging? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

[Image credits: Taylor & Amanda's Instagram accounts.]

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7 Responses

  1. Andrea

    I could not stop reading between lines and connecting it to fashion blogging during the entire movie! Glad to know I was not the only one 😉

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  2. Linda

    I have yet to watch The Hunger Games myself, but I love this perspective on thinking about blogging as a way to challenge yourself to “survive” by standing out from the competition!

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  3. Jess

    So right now I’m all-consumed by HG, and I love that you wrote this post!

    I loved Peeta’s line “I just don’t want them to change me, you know?” I think that speaks a lot to staying steadfast and true to yourself. When brands come knocking on your door (or vice versa), remembering what makes you tick – what you’re passionate about – makes choosing the right partners and writing the right content that much easier.

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  4. Marcia

    As much as I’m crazy about the Hunger Games, I think it might be a little extreme to compare it to fashion blogging? Just my own two cents.

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  5. tiffany

    I saw it last week too. I really want to read the books now! Very interesting connection to the fashion industry…although I bet a lot of industries are as ruthless as “to-death” games.

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  6. Canada

    Engaging. Brutal, but engaging!
    Wow. I was barely able to put this book down for a second after the first few pages got me completely hooked. Suzanne Collins narrative here has an immediacy to it that, when combined with the very dramatic life-or-death plot, is incredibly compelling. It’s entertaining, and incredibly disturbing all at once.

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  7. Jaspe

    you guys should TOTALLY organize a blogger hunger games, simultanuously or together with the IFB convention that would be totally AWESOME !!!! I seriously would fly to NY just for that

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