The Agency Games

Let’s Talk Hunger Games

Why do we love The Hunger Games? Why do we crave to read stories in which children, even as young as 12, are pitted against one another in an arena and forced to kill each other on live television? Do we truly fear this reality in our own lives?

Or rather, is it all about control? Do we read these stories and embrace how every individual character from the main protagonist Katniss Everdeen to little “Eddie” of the District 8 bombing desire control in their lives? In a society where our words are monitored, our actions judged, and even our thoughts persecuted, is it any wonder that what we desire is the ability to control our actions and what determines those actions? Indeed, what else are we searching for so eagerly than agency itself.

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Being the main character, Katniss finds agency in multi-faceted ways. She must first overcome the restrictions placed on her body by reclaiming her physicality. Her agency then flourishes when she focus on morality and care of others. However, when trauma strikes, her agency is shattered and only vocalization of the pain can restore her ability to know and control her actions.

Readers around the world find strength in Katniss’ brokenness. Similarly, readers find a multitude of other examples of how to attain, reclaim, loose, battle for, and strive after agency through other characters such as Peeta, Gale, Cinna, Haymitch, Prim, Beetee, Mags, Joanna, and many others.

In the comments below, let me know, what determines your agency? What character do you relate to the most?

Check them all out in Agency in the Hunger Games!

You can win your own free copy (but you only have three more days to participate in the Giveaway!)

Hope to see you all at the Launch Party for the costume contest, Hunger Games trivia, and Giveaway!

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Hunger Games Prequel: The Cover Art Controversy

Set to be released to the public on May 19, 2020, fans around the world can already pre-order The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Scholastic describes the book in this manner, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.”

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Amazon’s description however is a bit more telling:

Ambition will fuel him.
Competition will drive him.
But power has its price.
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, let’s read that again. President Snow is the story’s PROTAGONIST?! Well, we’ve got to give it to Collins for coming out with the unexpected. While I had hoped to read a bit more on Mags, I can’t say that I am not eagerly awaiting my copy (which I obviously am).

Now the real controversy concerning this Collins’ prequel is not its protagonist or plot line, but rather its cover art and title!

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Some have gone so far as to refer to the bird as the exorcist bird (referencing the twist in its neck I believe). What do I think?

I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. It feels a lot busier than Collins’ other books’ cover art.

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I think the simplistic look has worked really well for Collins’ in the past.

However, that being said, I love trying to analyze the symbols currently present on the new title. We clearly have the familiar bird image, but this bird looks different from the Mockingjay. Could it possibly be a Jabberjay (an ancestor of the Mockingjays)? There’s the golden circle that looks to be covered in thrones, could that be a reference to the Victors of the Games? And lastly, there is of course the snake, which must be a clear reference to President Snow, right? I guess we will all find out in May!

What about you? Have you’re-ordered your copy yet? Do you love or hate the cover art? Let me know in the comments below!

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5 Days Until Book Launch & Giveaway!

Hello Bloggers, Hunger Games enthusiasts, and fellow tributes!

I have been hard at work these past couple of weeks, working alongside the publishers, planning the Book Launch, and working on Giveaways. So here’s what I got:

On February 23rd, I will be hosting my in-person Book Launch Party! There will be a costume contest, games, book signing, movie viewing and so much more. However, please do not think that I have forgotten about this wonderful blogging community!

On February 23rd, please join me for my online Book Launch Party on Instagram @KaylaAnnAuthor.

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Through my Instagram page, I will be hosting an additional costume contest (send in your best picture of you favorite character to be featured in my story), trivia questions, and going LIVE with the winner of the online Book Giveaway (click here for more info on how you can win a free copy of “Agency in the Hunger Games)!

A special thank you and shout out to @Fictionista for being the first person to read and review my book on Amazon!

The countdown begins today! So practice your Mockingjay whistle, assemble your best costume, and brush up on your Hunger Games trivia knowledge!

Only five more days until the Book Launch! I hope to see you all there!

 

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Agency in the Hunger Games BOOK GIVEAWAY! ($40 Value)

Have you read Suzanne Collins famous trilogy The Hunger Games? Have you perhaps only seen the movies? Have you rooted for Katniss, argued over Peeta vs. Gales, fallen in love with Finnick? Have you often drawn parallels between the society of Panem and our own in which you feel unable to exercise your own sense of agency?

If you answered, “yes!” to any of the above questions, then you will enjoy reading my newly released book, Agency in The Hunger Games: Desire, Intent, and Action in the Novels.

You can win your very own free copy by participating today in my Book Giveaway!

Read the rules below:

  1. First, like this blog post and leave a comment telling me your favorite Hunger Games character and why!

  2. Second, reblog and share this Giveaway opportunity with your own readers. Maybe they like The Hunger Games too!

  3. You can share this post on various social medias (WordPress, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.) to earn more entries!

  4. That’s it, so simple! May the odds be ever in your favor!

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WINNER will be announced on a LIVE Feed the day of my Book Release Party (February 23rd)

For 21st-century young adults struggling for personal autonomy in a society that often demands compliance, the bestselling trilogy, The Hunger Games remains palpably relevant despite its futuristic setting. For Suzanne Collins’ characters, personal agency involves not only the physical battle of controlling one’s body but also one’s response to such influences as morality, trauma, power and hope.
The author explores personal agency through in-depth examinations of the lives of Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Haymitch, Cinna, Primrose, and others, and through an analysis of themes like the overabundance of bodily imagery, social expectations in the Capitol, and problem parental figures.
Readers will discover their own “dandelion of hope” through the examples set out by Collins’ characters, who prove over and over that human agency is always attainable.

 

 

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My Book is IN!

Surprise Delivery for me!!!

This just happened to be on the front porch today! Seeing my name in print… I cannot adequately describe how I feel after three years of hard work. I am so grateful for the people in my life. Ever since I was a child, I would say, “One day, I’m going to be an author.” I was blessed by family that would respond, “No doubt about it!”

I know that there are a ton of dreamers out there who are not as lucky as I am. I know that my success is a combination of God’s gifts, my work ethic, and the support of all those around me. Whether you read my book or not, if you’ve ever asked me about it or encouraged me regarding it, I just want to say thank you!

Hopefully this will just be the start of my writing journey!

   

According to the publishers, my book is officially released to the public! They have the books in stock and are currently filling any pre-orders that they might have received in the past couple of months! You can buy yours here!

I will also be hosting a Give-Away of my book! Keep an eye out for the rules, coming soon!

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Agency in The Hunger Games – Available for Pre-Order!

I was scrolling through my Facebook yesterday when I came upon this . . .

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Yup! It’s “Facebook Official!” My book, Agency in The Hunger Games, three years in the making is finally going to be released to the public this Spring 2020! You can even pre-order your copy now!

It’s been a long road and I know there is still one last stretch before I hit that finish line, but I can already see it in the distance.

Thank you to all of you who have encouraged and supported me the past three years!

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The Manuscript Came In! Merry Christmas to Me!

As you probably read in my title, the official manuscript proofs for Agency in the Hunger Games came in last week and I could not be more excited! The manuscript proofs show me exactly what my book should look like in print. They are my last opportunity to read through the pages once again and double check for any typos or errors.

In addition to double checking for correctness, I am asked to create an Index for my book which sounds pretty straight forward, but I know will still take me quite some time. McFarland Publishing company has requested that I slowly, carefully, and meticulously double check through my book for errors and create this index, and return it by January 10th!

If you don’t hear from me (less than you do now), please know that I am here. I will simply be working diligently on my manuscript. Once I turn this manuscript back in, that will be my final submission for this book. After that, it is fully in the hands of the publishers and the next time I see my book, it will be a finished and polished copy that I can hold in my hands.

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Thank you for joining me over the past two years on this wonderful journey!

I cannot believe it is reaching its completion.

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Title, Book Blurb, and Cover Art Release for “The Agency Games”

On January 18, 2018, I shared with you all my dream, goal, and journey of writing, editing, finishing, and publishing “The Agency Games.”

Well, nearly two years later I am proud to share with you my official and finalized title, book blurb, and cover art:

 

“Agency in The Hunger Games

Desire, Intent, and Action in the Novels”

For 21st-century young adults struggling for personal autonomy in a society that often demands compliance, the bestselling trilogy, The Hunger Games remains palpably relevant despite its futuristic setting. For Suzanne Collins’ characters, personal agency is not only the physical battle of controlling one’s own body, but includes responding to a multitude of internal and external influences such as morality, trauma, power, and hope, while maintaining a sense of self.
This book offers an opportunity to explore personal agency through in-depth examinations of the individual lives of Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Haymitch, Cinna, Primrose, and other residents of Panem, and through the analysis of other themes such as the overabundance of bodily imagery, the social expectations within the capitol, and the problematic parental figures of the series. By looking directly at individual agency and how it is gained, exercised, lost, and reclaimed, 21st-century readers will discover their own “dandelion of hope” through the examples set down by Collins’ characters, who establish over and over again that human agency is ultimately always attainable.

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The Agency Games – Official Release Date: Spring 2020

Hey there everyone!

Wow, it has been WAY too long since I have longed on and now that I am on, I plan to catch up as much as I can. December is right around the corner and you all know what that means: BLOGMAS! I will most definitely be posting with Christmas spirit come December.

Now for the REALLY exciting news, yesterday I received an email from the publishers letting me know that my book had passed the editing portion and was moving on to production. You can well imagine my reaction:

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If that wasn’t exciting enough, I received a follow up email from the publishers today letting me know that my book is scheduled to come out in Spring 2020!

After working so hard on this project, going through so many peer reviews, and revisions, sometimes this book did not seem like a possibility. However, today was just a reminder that hard work pays off! Not only did a get an official release season, but I also found my official COVER ART and FINALIZED TITLE on their website!!!

I literally cried happy tears.

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Stick around, because I am revealing that cover art tomorrow!

Lastly, to everyone who has been so incredibly patient with me the last few months during my “invisible” months, thank you! Thank you for the way that you supported me during this whole journey and for the way I know you will continue to do so. I’m still working on that balancing act, but I can promise to find my way back to this wonderful world of blogging.

Love,

Kayla Ann

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Hunger Games Friday: Haymitch Abernathy

Haymitch Abernathy is well-known by every citizen of Panem as the Drunk Mentor for District 12. Most remember his infamous head-dive off the stage during the reaping for the 74th-Hunger Games. To most he is a fool, a drunk, and a blubbering, staggering idiot. But is that all he is?

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If you love Haymitch, you will want to read my chapter on his character titled, “It’s All a Big Show” to learn the truth behind Haymitch’s clandestine motives and hidden agency in a society of “un-reality.” If anything, Haymitch’s character proves the strength and weakness of hidden agency while demanding the importance of intentionality.

Read more about Haymitch, and the rest of the amazing characters from The Hunger Games in my upcoming book The Agency Games!

If you are interested in receiving updates when the book is released, please leave a comment on the post: “The Agency Games — Sign Up!”

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**BONUS: This is one of the GREATEST FAN-MADE videos of content from The Hunger Games. MainstayPro portrayed the Second Quarter Quell in which Haymitch is the winner and let me tell you, it does not disappoint. All images and content from the below video are property of MainstayPro, I am just sharing their magnificent work.

WARNING: Graphic images for young or sensitive viewers.

 

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