Thanks to Adam Spunberg and Savanna New for this terrific guest post about the Hunger Games Fireside Chats. We hope everyone will tune in!
We started Hunger Games Fireside Chat back in April after doing a series of articles for Picktainment (in conjunction with The Hob) about casting the first film. We’re obviously massive fans of the trilogy, and we loved the idea of bringing the fandom together on a weekly basis to talk about the books and the movies. There are so many podcasts out there, we had a strong to desire to create something truly unique, hence our live, unedited, collaborative format. In many ways, we’re more like a talk radio show than a traditional podcast. Every week, we feature a group of panelists representing the top Hunger Games fan sites and blogs on the web, and we involve fans by encouraging our listeners to use our hashtag — #HGFiresideChat — to chat amongst each other on Twitter during the live show.
We wanted to make our 25th episode special and different, so we decided to not bother with a schedule or agenda of any kind and go “unscripted.” We prepared a grab bag full of discussion prompts, questions, Crackpot Theories, What Ifs?, Would You Rathers?, and other topics, and just drew things out of the bag to talk about throughout the show. It was so much fun not knowing what to expect! We ended up discussing Haymitch’s love life, the size of Panem and the location of the arenas, quotes we hope make it into the first movie, and more!
We launched our official website a little over two weeks ago, and our excitement has yet to wane. It had been a long time coming, and we put a lot of hard work into it, so it’s been wonderful watching everyone respond so positively. We can’t thank Sam Cushion — who you may know as District Tribute — enough for helping us out with the design! We hope having our own site will enable us to grow along with the fandom and help new listeners learn more about us and explore all of our old episodes much more easily.