New Series: READER CHALLENGES | Hunger Games + Pinterest. 10… 9… 8… 7… 6… 5… 4… 3… 2… 1 + Bambino.

Post number one for today.  Spurred on by a conversation I had yesterday.  Here we go.

The countdown from 10 to 1 that I used in the title of this post is one of like three things I know about “The Hunger Games.”  Yes, I know, I KNOW.  I feel extremely outside of what’s going on in our society right now because of that fact.  Should I read The Hunger Games, like, RIGHT AWAY?  Is it THAT good?  Because I have a tendency to start books… read them for a while… and then not finish them.  I’m still wondering what happened at the end of Catcher in the Rye that would possess so many people to go out and name their children “Holden.”  Was there a dramatic twist in an epilogue I didn’t see in which it turned out to be a good thing to be Holden Caulfield?**

Anyway, moving on… before I announce today’s challenge, here’s what kind of feedback I’m hoping to hear from you guys in the comments so I can get some perspective on how you feel about it.  You can answer one, two, all, or even none of them.  It’s just hopeful feedback.

  1. if you might want to participate in this
  2. if you like this new series
  3. if you have any ideas for future challenges in this series

(You can even just say, I like this new series! if your boss is near; I’m just trying to get a good feel for whether I should actually make this series permanent.  You feel me?)

Ok, so.  We’ve received a couple of Hunger Games inspired shoots recently, not to mention I’m extremely aware of the fact that Hunger Games is coming out in theaters March 23, so it’s on my mind simply due to the fact that it’s every other ad I see.  So I got to asking on Twitter yesterday whether I should start bracing myself for a steep rise in Hunger Games-inspired wedding submissions in approx. eight to twelve months.  Or even as early as one or two months from now, factoring in the *shotgun wedding* demographic.  And then what happened was some of you wrote back about how intrigued you were by the concept of a Hunger Games inspired wedding.  And that’s when I decided…

That I was going to have a Hunger Games inspired wedding.

Just kidding.  I have no idea what my wedding is going to look like at present.  So instead, what I said was,

“THIS IS HAPPENING.”  Which brings us to the point of this post.

In a new series I’m bringing to the blog today - which will live or die depending on your reaction/how you feel about it – I’m bringing fun reader submissions to the stage, in the form of: inspiration gathering with a theme in mind.  It’s called, ”Go to Pinterest (and, If You’d Like, Other Places on the Internet), Gather Up Everything Pretty or Cool or Inspiring As Long As It Can Somehow Be Related/Linked to the Theme I’ve Provided, and Then Submit a Post for the Blog Along With All Your Pinterest Images, and I’ll Feature My Favorites.”

That’s obviously the *director’s cut* title.  (If I was a movie director, my director’s cuts would probably be one thousand hours longer than the versions played in theaters.)

And what’ll make it so fun is a) I have plans to bring PRIZES into the mix, b) winners of these things might be offered the option of becoming bloggistas if that’s something they want and, c) the whole thing is pretty much no holds barred with regard to what you decide belongs in an inspiration blog post about A Hunger Games Inspired Wedding.  It can be funny.  It can be beautiful.  It can be powerful and disturbing.  It can have funny, powerful beauty that’s disturbing.  It can be a wedding in which all in attendance must fight to the death, until only one man is left standing.  You can even have weird fun with it and, for example, make it a two booker.  My girl Amma from Beyond Beyond responded yesterday on Twitter with the idea “the ultimate twist: Hunger Games meets Great Gatsby for the win!”  So you can even make it a Hunger-Gatsby kinda deal, and I’m just spitballing here, but I imagine the wedding attire could be something like *Futuristic Privileged Forest Dweller Summering on Long Island’s North Shore.*  Seriously, it’s up to you to get as creative/oddball or strictly Hunger Games about it as you want or don’t want.

Naturally, I’m imagining that there will be a strong ‘bow-and-arrow’ element to many of these submissions, and while not required, I am looking forward to that part.

And the writing around the image inspiration can be as weird or normal as you want, too.  I mean… you’ve read this blog before.  So.

To wrap up, this challenge is open to anyone who’s interested in trying their hand.  Except for anyone who starred in the movie.  That includes you, Jennifer Lawrence.  Ok, Jenn, no… stop.  Jenn LISTEN, I know you really wanted to participate in this contest, but just please accept that the rules are the rules, no exceptions.  Please, don’t fight it.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 30, 2012.  Send your blog post submissions (the writing + the images, with all available image credits) via email (or dropbox/yousendit/etc.) to with the subject line “Hunger Games post.”

NOTE: If you do not have Photoshop or other means of arranging your inspiration boards (which must be 600 px in width, and white or clear backgrounds), please go ahead and submit your post with the loose images, and we will arrange them according to your display instructions.

Ok, so, if you’re down for some fun, and wouldn’t be so averse to being featured on TKB, then I’d love to see what you’ve got!  Any questions?  And on a scale of 1 to 10, what do you think of this as a new blog series?  (That’s the first time I’ve ever used “scale of 1 to 10″ in a way that actually makes use of the phrase’s intended meaning/purpose.)

xoxo  - Alison

**Full disclosure: I was 100% committed to naming one of my children Holden when I was reading The Catcher in the Rye.

Credits, clockwise: braided bride via snippet and ink / work out card via someecards / braided bride from the back via style me pretty / kitteh / keep calm tote bag via etsy / heart bow and arrow via design spongewood inspiration via emmaline bride

IMPORTANT ADDENDUM:  Bambino just did this… so here’s a mini Day in the Life of Bambino McPuppypants.  Title: “Stretchies & Throw Pillows.  No Big Deal.”

SECOND IMPORTANT ADDENDUM: Ashley Spivey just tweeted this beauty, and OBVS., it’s getting bundled in within this post because HOW CAN I NOT BUNDLE IT IN, IN THIS POST.  So funny.  Thanks, Ashley :)

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  1. Casey Fatchett on March 21, 2012

    Yes, you should read The Hunger Games – they are incredibly quick reads. I think I read the second two books in a weekend. Powerful and disturbing though, not sure how I feel about “Hunger Games” inspired weddings when you know what happens to the characters. Also, not sure how this movie is getting a PG-13 rating…

  2. Ashley on March 21, 2012

    Love this idea!!! But sometimes I skim when I read… Did I miss the deadline date??

  3. Alison on March 21, 2012

    Ashley – thanks for the heads up, I totally left that out! Added now; it’s next Friday, March 30. :)

  4. Janna (Sparkly Love) on March 21, 2012

    Note: I have an issue with books. I read them, take forever, and then never finish them because I like the ending I made up in my head better. With that said, I read all three hunger games books in five days. Three of those days were work days. I think you should read them.

    I love the idea for this series and can’t wait to send my stuff over :) Yay for interactive blogging!!

  5. Sandy on March 21, 2012

    Amazeberries idea. Love it! As long you pinky-swear there will never, ever be a Bachelor/Bachelorette-themed one. ;)

    Also, yes! Read the books!

  6. Erin on March 21, 2012

    Definitely read the books! They are easy reads and entertaining, even if the subject matter is a little… different and disturbing.

    The wedding theme has me intrigued, but like one of the other comments, I don’t know how the weddings would play into the happenings. Definitely fun to go tearing through Pinterest on a mission, though (other than wasting time). ;)

  7. Lena on March 21, 2012

    Love this idea. Love Bambs stretching (and it was so worth reloading the post to see it). Love braids, but sensing I need to read these books meself before I participate. Good thing I caved last week and ordered the box set…

  8. Kim C on March 21, 2012

    I love this idea Alison! I would love to participate in one of these in the future – sounds like a blast! Haven’t read Hunger Games yet so I probably won’t play this time around, but I can’t wait to see what others come up with.

  9. Janna Lee on March 21, 2012

    Yes, I’m into it!!!

  10. Falon on March 21, 2012

    Um, totally love this and I WILL be submitting fo sho. The books are awesome, and as stated above, a super quick read. Can’t wait to see the results!

  11. Melinator on March 21, 2012

    As others have already stated, the books are good and quick to read (so, read them– there are NO acceptable excuses not to, lady).

    Also… challenge accepted!

  12. lauren on March 21, 2012

    OMG I love this challenge…but alas, I have not read the books, so I’m not sure how much I could participate…Now, you do a musical theatre wedding challenge and I’m in.

  13. Kelsey on March 22, 2012

    I just finished reading the Hunger Games (first book) after starting a mere day ago. I was skeptical, like you, and didn’t really get all the fuss until my friends finally convinced me to read it. I have to say, I’m really glad I did. It was a quick read, and really hard to put down! I think a Hunger Games-themed wedding would be a little hard to pull off, but it could be cool if it’s done right!

  14. Catherine on March 23, 2012

    YES. YES YES YES. (which is all I can say right now because my boss IS in the next room! :P

  15. Jessica on March 23, 2012

    I just need to say a few quick things.
    1. I love your blog (and you, consequently [no weird feelings, just luv])
    2. Congrats are in order for your engagement!!!!! Yay.
    3. Yes yes yes! Read the Hunger Games! You’ll love it. I made my DH read it and and he finished it in a day. And if you knew my DH, you’d punch yourself in the face after reading above words. Seriously. You’d punch yourself.
    4. I have a set of couple friends that JUST had a baby yesterday. And they named him Holden. So…. I guess that’s still happening.

  16. Ilana on March 26, 2012

    I would totally participate in future Pinterest events! I have also, however, not read Hunger Games, nor have I seen the movie so I – like other posters – will probably not participate in this one. But future ones = yes!!

  17. Cassie | Meet Mrs. B on April 6, 2012

    Okay so I’m late on the bandwagon of this post…I know I know. Herewegoooo….

    1. NO…you were not wrong. It is NOT a good thing to be Holden at the end of the book, and I don’t get why people want their children to identify with him either. Dude had issues. PASS.

    2. No…you are not the only person who has not read Hunger Games. I’m not against it…but I have like…4(?) books to read in line before that. I’m not in that big of a rush as everyone else to read it before the movie…it’ll still be there next year, and I’m sure it’ll be just as awesome as it is now.


    Give Bam my best. : )

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