Now that Halloween is over, I can go back to business as usual. So until Christmas comes around, no more posts about costumes, treats, crafts, or other stuff associated with special occasions. Okay, I’m wrong. Because during the next two months, two major science fiction franchises will dominate the big screen once again. One is an epic ground breaking franchise that changed the reputation of visual effects and science fiction movies in general as well as entertained generations for nearly 40 years. The other is based on a trilogy of young adult novels that were released less than 10 years ago. One is said to be a ripoff from a Japanese movie while the other actually is that even the creator admits it. One franchise will have its next installment after years of mediocre prequels and will unite 3 members of the original cast. The other will release its final installment based on the second part of the last novel. One takes place a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. The other takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic society in North America. One franchise involves a rebellion fighting against an evil empire in the midst of outer space and involves droids, jedi, aliens, and intergalactic battles. The other revolves around a rich capital exploiting its districts of resources and retaining control of them by forcing 24 teenagers from these districts in an annual fight to the death on live television. Still, they both involve headstrong heroines in mortal peril having to choose between a scruffy looking, dark, and handsome nerfherder who gets tortured/frozen and a sweet but seemingly wimpy light haired guy who’s not as lame or defenseless as he looks. But only one of these franchises involves a moment of incest. So to celebrate both movie franchise premieres, I have decided to attract both fan bases with my posts for Nerdvember.
Since Mockingjay Part 2 will be released in theaters on November 20th while Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t come out until December 18th, I might as well start with The Hunger Games first. Now for those who are unfamiliar with the books or the movies, let me explain. It’s based on a trilogy of young adult novels by Suzanne Collins. The story takes place on a dystopian post-apocalyptic society in North America called Panem with a rich and technologically advanced Capitol exploiting resources from 12 districts to varying levels of poverty that it controls with iron rule. And in order to show who’s in charge, the Capitol punishes these 12 districts for a past rebellion by selecting 2 kids in each district between the ages of 12-18 to battle in a fight to the death on live television everyone’s forced to watch. Our protagonist 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen is from District 12, the poorest of these districts and and has lived in dire poverty since her father died in a mining explosion when she was 11. But unlike most Hunger Games tributes in her district, she volunteers so her 12 year old sister, Prim won’t have to go (her name was picked on the Reaping Day lottery for the girls). However, at the same time, her fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta Mellark has been in love with her since they were kids, though Katniss didn’t take notice until he admitted it on national television (though I have to admit, Peeta’s actions aren’t as dumb as they seem). Themes consist of socio-economic inequality, media manipulation, government corruption and incompetence, lack of agency, violence as entertainment, war, exploitation, imperialism, and bread and circus style politics. And despite the books being catered to kids as young as 11-13, they contain elements like public nudity, decapitation, suicide, torture, mutilation, child prostitution, being buried alive, and other psychologically and emotionally disturbing content. I am not kidding about this. Seriously, read the books and/or watch the movies to see for yourselves. So let’s just say this isn’t a family friendly franchise we’re talking about here. So if you have children under 11 or children under 13 who haven’t read the books, you might want to have them watch Star Wars instead.
Now as you might see from this glorious picture of Jennifer Lawrence from Catching Fire or almost anything Effie Trinket wears, a significant chunk of the series revolves around fashion. Of course, the poorer districts don’t get a lot of elaborate outfits. But once you get to the Capitol, yeah, you see all kinds of wild and crazy outfits that you’d think you were in the middle of a Lady Gaga music video. Katniss and her fellow tributes themselves even have their own fashion designer and stylists once in the Capitol so they can look pretty on the cameras for interviews. This comes especially for Katniss and tributes from the poorer districts since they basically don’t have the time to worry about their looks or basic hygiene in that matter. Yeah, they have much bigger things to worry about like eating and other basic needs. And yes, tributes do get put in a lot of ridiculous outfits as you might see. Still, the Hunger Games does have its share of fans dressing up as various characters for nerd conventions, Halloween, or their movie premieres. For girls Katniss Everdeen and Effie Trinket are usually popular choices while Ceasar Flickerman and Seneca Crane are the ones I most often see for guys. So for this post I decided to feature costumes from the movies but worn by the fans. Many of these will be DIY just because it more or less shows the creative spirit. So without further adieu, I present a treasury of Hunger Games fans in their costumes. And may the odds be ever in your favor.
- In Panem, you always need Peacekeepers to tame the masses, especially at Comic Con.
2. Now you can dress up like Katniss Everdeen as the Mockingjay.
3. If you have two daughters, remember that it doesn’t cost a lot of money to dress them as the Everdeen sisters.
4. Remember, it’s never too early to give your daughter archery lessons.
5. Now Effie Trinket just has to look her best on Reaping Day.
6. Hey, I didn’t know that Effie and Haymitch were a couple.
7. Be the “Girl on Fire” with this Katniss Everdeen costume.
8. Of course, if you’re a guy who likes the Hunger Games but don’t want to dress in drag, you can always go as Caesar Flickerman.
9. Of course, you can make an Effie Trinket costume from just about anything, even newspapers.
10. Of course, a shiny blue dress and green wig will make the perfect Effie Trinket costume.
11. If you survive the Hunger Games, you’re bound to end up with some scrapes and bruises.
12. Who knew that Effie Trinket could look so good in pink?
13. Who says that Hunger Games cosplay should just be reserved for humans?
14. Effie Trinket or Jean Harlow?
15. Not sure if Effie’s going to tolerate Haymitch’s drinking at this party.
16. Just a couple of Peacekeepers patrolling the area. Nothing to see here.
17. Guess this is a group picture of Katniss with the Capitol prep team.
18. Is it just me or am I seeing 3 Katniss Everdeens in this one?
19. Which will she choose her hunting buddy or the boy with bread?
20. As we all know, Katniss Everdeen is the Mockingjay.
21. When you’re dressed up as Finnick Odair, make sure you have plenty of net.
22. Even girls can dress up as Effie trinket if there’s a white wig involved.
23. If you’re going as Caesar Flickerman, make sure your hair matches your suit.
24. Of course, only in the Hunger Games are the more outlandish fashions behind the scenes.
25. If you’re a blond guy and your girlfriend’s Katniss, make sure you two are wearing matching windbreakers.
26. As doggie Effie Trinket says, “May the paws be ever in your favor.”
27. Even in drab, Effie Trinket is still a fun costume.
28. If you want to dress as Katniss, it help if you have a fire dress.
29. If you’re Effie Trinket, you can’t have enough butterflies on your dress or hair.
30. Of course, it’s hard to create your own Katniss wedding dress.
31. Of course, you can’t rock as Effie Trinket without orange and black.
32. Let’s have some tea and a chat for President Snow.
33. Over in the playpen, let’s turn to our very own Caesar Flickerman.
34. Did I tell you that Effie Trinket really likes Monarch Butterflies?
35. Just because she’s dressed in fishnet stockings doesn’t mean she’s a hooker. She could just be dressing as Effie Trinket.
36. When you’re Effie Trinket, always make sure the right dress goes with the right hair.
37. Of course, all the Effie Trinkets will have to wait in line.
38. When you’re Effie Trinket, it helps that your hair matches your outfit.
39. Of course, to Effie Trinket, this is business casual.
40. Remember if you’re in the Hunger Games, it pays not the mess with Katniss.
41. As long as it looks like flame, you’re good to go with “Girl on Fire.”
42. If you have an afro wig, it helps that you dress up as Rue.
43. When it comes to baby costumes, it’s easy to dress as Finnick.
44. Of course, you don’t want to steal baby Katniss’s rattle.
45. As we all know, the family that does the Hunger Games together, stays together.
46. Yes, Peeta, rest your weary head on Katniss’s flaming dress.
47. We all know how Effie Trinket tends to glimmer in gold.
48. When it comes to seeing the Hunger Games, make it a family affair.
49. When it comes to being the “Girl on Fire” using Christmas lights helps.
50. Don’t know about you, but it seems that Katniss is a bit creeped out about Seneca Crane and Effie Trinket.
51. Who says you can’t wear a wedding dress more than once?
52. You wouldn’t know this but Seneca Crane is said to be a hit with the ladies.
53. Seems like Effie Trinket is in her Sunday best.
54. Like Katniss, a girl’s best friend is her bow.
55. Now Effie Trinket has a large closet. But she’s in the mood for blue today.
56. From District 7 for the Quarter Quell, you have Joanna Mason.
57. Looks a bit short for a Katniss wedding dress, doesn’t it?
58. With a Katniss wedding dress, you can’t have enough feathers.
59. Looks like this little Peeta Mellark loves to smile as much as baking bread.
60. Seems like it’s just another day at the Capitol.
61. Here we come to Seneca Crane about to hail a cab.
62. Remember to spread your wings like the Mockingjay.
63. In tribute parades, they always make sure the girl and the boy from each district have matching outfits.
64. For anyone dressing as Peeta, it always helps if your suit has flames.
65. Of course, you can’t have enough ruffles if you’re Effie Trinket.
66. If you’re dressed as Prim, chances are you’ll have a rather easy costume.
67. If you like red, then a “girl on fire” dress might be your best bet.
68. For the Quarter Quell tribute parade, you might want to go with a sleek evening dress.
69. Guess the critters better hide, Katniss is out hunting.
70. What do you mean you can’t shoot arrows in a red dress?
71. Take a tip from Katniss and don’t shoot arrows until you see the whites of their eyes.
72. Looks like Peeta isn’t too scared being alone in the woods.
73. Yes, I’m sure these people have come with some police escort.
74. Who knew Caesar Flickerman didn’t just wear blue?
75. Let’s just say you don’t want to get Katniss angry.
76. Of course, it’s said the Katniss looks quite nice in red and black.
77. If you’re the Mockingjay, it’s best that you flaunt your wings.
78. Seems like Katniss and Peeta are taking a rest.
79. Of course, you never know what Effie Trinket is going to wear next.
80. As you might know, you can tell that Katniss and Peeta make a cheap couples costume.