#MC #Sponsored: The Hunger Games: #Mockingjay – Part 1 {My In-Home Party}

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On November 21st, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will open in theaters. I know quite a few people that are so excited about the movie’s release and can’t wait for the 21st to get here. (I’m definitely one of those people – and so are my best friend, my teenage daughter, and many of her friends.)

Here, take a look at the trailer, and you’ll see why we are so excited:

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To help build excitement for the movie, I was asked to host a book club/trailer viewing party in my home. Each of my 5 friends received a copy of Mockingjay, and we met this past Monday night to discuss the book and watch the trailer for the upcoming movie. I made a great big batch of chili cheese dip, stocked up on chips, soda, and sweets, and we made a fun night of it.

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I came up with some discussion questions, and we all shared our thoughts. While the book is geared toward younger readers, (I was actually surprised to hear this – and even more surprised that you can only find the books in the Young Adult section of our local library), we all seemed to agree that it resonates with each one of us – no matter what our age. Maybe it’s that we wish we had the strength and courage Katniss had while we were in high school – maybe it would have made those years easier on us. Or, maybe we wish we had her courage now. Being a mom is tough. You have to be brave and do things that are way outside your comfort zone. Granted, we’re probably not fighting in a war or trying to save our district from certain destruction, but we do have challenges that we face every day. A little Katniss in us wouldn’t hurt!

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After we took our time discussing the book – and the trilogy, I was able to connect the TV to the internet and share the trailer with them. (I figured that would be way more dramatic than just showing it on my computer screen.)

The one thing a couple of my party guests said was that they wished they had made Book 2 (Catching Fire) into a 2 part movie, but they are excited to see where they end Mockingjay – Part 1 and begin Part 2. And we are all hoping we don’t have to wait too long for Part 2 to be released in theaters, because we all have a feeling we’re going to love the movie and just want more!

Thank you, Influence Central and Lionsgate for allowing me to host this party and build up excitement for the release of the new movie. We had a blast, and now that we’ve all read Mockingjay again, we are definitely excited and ready to see the new film!

Have you read The Hunger Games trilogy? Have you seen the movies? Are you excited about the upcoming movie? I’d love to hear your thoughts about Mockingjay, or any of The Hunger Games books or movies.

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The Hunger Games – Thoughts & Ramblings

About a week ago, I started reading the Hunger Games Trilogy. It started with Book 1, and by the end of the book, I had chewed every single nail down to the bone. Last Friday night, I was sitting at home wishing for Book 2, and my 8th grade history teacher sent me the Kindle version so I could download it to my iPhone. I finished Book 2 yesterday and started Book 3 right away.

I am hooked. I normally don’t take the time to read anything. In fact, I’m lucky if I can thumb through a magazine and make it through a full article. But for some reason, I cannot seem to put these books down. I can’t remember the last time I remember reading a series of books as much as I have these.

I am dying to see the movie. Honestly, if it’s half as good as the first book, I’ll be blown away. I can’t wait to see it.

What I do have an issue with, though, is the fact that my daughter’s middle school sees this movie as an acceptable field trip.

I do understand when they say, “This movie has brought the childrens’ interest in reading to a whole new level.” That’s fantastic. Yes, I want my daughter to want to read. I can’t say anything against that.

What bothers me though are several other issues:

  • The movie is rated PG-13. I know that it is rated such for violence, and I know that I cannot shield my daughter from everything the world throws at her. But, in our house, it has been a rule that any movie rated PG-13 or above must first be viewed by myself or my husband and be deemed appropriate viewing for any of our children…. including our 14 year old. We at least need to know what they are getting into. These are middle school kids. Not high school. Middle school.
  • The fact that the permission said “Chaperones are not needed on this trip.” That one sentence burns me up. Hundreds of 7th and 8th graders, and they don’t need chaperones? Really? I don’t think so.

So, I sent a note to my daughter’s school with the permission slip that said if I don’t go, she won’t be at school that day. Not because of my desire to go see the movie myself, but because I haven’t had the chance to preview the movie. If I think Ashley needs to leave the theater, I want to be there to allow her a way out – and a way home.

Do I think that she’s going to need to leave the theater? Probably not. I’ve heard really good things about the movie. But, this is a very strong conviction that I have, and if I waiver, what have I taught my daughter? Sin is ok if….

My husband, Ashley, and I all sat down last night and discussed everything. She understands my feelings, and told me that she expected it. She knew she wouldn’t get to see the movie without me seeing it first – that’s just how things have always been. I am so thankful she doesn’t fight me on this. She wouldn’t, though. This is what she knows, and she’s ok with it. I am so blessed to have a daughter that stands on her own convictions and respects the wishes of her parents…. usually. 😉 She is a teenage girl afterall.

My letter went to the school this morning, and by 8:10, I had a text message from Ashley’s teacher. I am more than welcome to come to the theater, I just need to meet them there at the appointed time. I feel much better knowing that I’ll be there and that the school isn’t going to fight me on this. Truth be told, if they hadn’t allowed me to come, I would have kept Ashley home that day and taken her to the theater myself later in the day. But we would have gone together.

What are your thoughts? Did your child go see The Hunger Games for a field trip? Have you seen the movie? Talk to me…

I will edit this post after the movie on Friday and let you know my thoughts. Here’s hoping it’s as intriguing as the book.