Let the Games Begin: Our Best Contest Yet!


May the odds be ever in your favor. ~Tagline from “The Hunger Games”

The timing of this contest is weird. I had been thinking of doing another one for some time, and then the tragedy in Aurora took place. I’ve been reflecting on it all weekend, wondering how somehow I can make a difference for those affected by this terrible, senseless act. So I think I’ve found a way to give back, both to my loyal readers and the families of those lost in Aurora.

As some of you may know, I’m a huge Hunger GamesΒ fan. The novels have everything I crave in a good book: action galore, a strong female protagonist, plenty of historical allusions. And the movie is coming out on DVD next month. What better way to do a tie-in contest?

Here’s how the contest will work. It is loosely modeled on the extremely popular March Movie Madness tournament run by EduClaytion every spring.

1. The theme of the contest is “Fictional Character Survival.” You must choose one (1) fictional character from any book, movie, TV show, video game, comic strip, or other medium and make a case for him or her as the last person standing in a Hunger Games-style challenge. Is he strong and resilient? Is she wily and street-smart? Give me no more than 300 words on why he/or she would send the competition packing and be the victor.

2. There will be a limit of 16 contestants. I will randomly draw 8 first-round matchups where two characters go head to head and ask my readers via poll to vote on whom they think would win. In the event of a tie, a coin flip will decide the winner. The winner of each round will advance until the victor is decided.

#3. Contestants are welcome to talk trash, however, please be respectful of your opponent(s). They are also welcome to make a case specifically for one character defeating another (ie, Sonic the Hedgehog would beat Lara Croft because….)

#4. Voting for each round will last for three days, after which time a victor will be decided. Contestants are welcome to publicize the vote on their own blogs or social media. There will be one vote per IP address.

#5. For this contest, you do not have to be a WordPress blogger or even have a blog. However, you are welcome to include your blog or other site in your character’s profile.

And now for the really exciting part: the prizes!

Everyone who submits one of the sixteen character contestants will receive artwork from me. The grand prize winner (last character standing) will get: A copy of The Hunger Games or any other DVD or Blu-Ray of his or her choice, plus a $20.00 USD donation to the charity of his or her choice along with a matching donation to GivingFirst.org, where several funds have been set up for the Aurora families.

I’ll be trying to publicize the contest on Facebook, so spread the word! The contest will begin when we have our sixteen contestants and there will be a chance to meet them all, Hunger Games-style.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

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~ by Howlin' Mad Heather on July 23, 2012.

32 Responses to “Let the Games Begin: Our Best Contest Yet!”

  1. I better finish the book! Hahaha! Thanks for including me! I will have to put on my thinking cap or go with my fave Trinity from the Matrix….

  2. Thanks for the like of my Inside post and your lovely invitation to join this contest- what an awesome idea! I have to decline this time round- I haven’t read or seen Hunger Games- realize I should!- and am in the midst of a big editing project I got myself into. Keep me in mind for the next time!

  3. Wait, when is this due? I’ve got some thinking to do, followed by a montage of me training the character while inspirational rock plays in the background.

  4. Awesome! Giving this one some thought. πŸ™‚

  5. Oooh, this sounds like so much fun! Unfortunately I haven’t read it and haven’t seen it, so I don’t have much of a frame of reference. I will be watching with interest and can’t wait to see what folks come up with. Thank you so much of thinking of me!

  6. I’ve only seen the film, but I’ll try and play anyway. Are there any restrictions on characters? I mean, should it be someone who could realistically be in a Hunger Games-type scenario as opposed to, say, Optimus Prime…?

  7. Steerpike (The young man in the early portion of the Gormenghast series of novels)

    Steerpike, the young man who escaped from working the hellish kitchens of Swelter by use of cunning that gives evidence of a very sharp and quick wit, and receiving work assisting the royal physician. Having made a king go mad by manipulating his own twin sister’s to burn down his precious library, slowly poisoning a wet nurse over the span of a few years until she dies, as well as many other schemes he has concocted from his clever mind.

    Through very calculating measures he each contestant would have either killed one another from clawing each other’s eyes, poisoned to death through their food or drink, or going completely mad making them easy targets to pick off when they are completely unaware of him. He would convince you to eat your own hat without you ever knowing that he poisoned it. If there were ever a question of him having a conscience he would have scraped through his ribcage to tear it out and toss it aside, not caring that it would wither and die.

    A young man so cold and calculating that even a lawyer, con artist, or politician would shutter at the very thought of having him as a friend.

    Here is my entry. If you need any further background on him you can find it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steerpike

    • Very cool; you are my first entry πŸ˜€

      • *squints eyes, grits teeth, hands at the ready by both holsters, tips hat while duster jacket blows in the nonexistent wind like a lot of them Spaghetti western characters standing the in middle of nowhere for no reason*

        I’m rather quick on the draaaaaw.

        (Sorry! I just couldn’t help it since I have been working on a pet project that I linked below.)

        http://deadeyewf.wordpress.com/

  8. Panamon Creel from The Sword of Shannara. He is smart, wily and tough. Despite having a pike in replace of one hand he manages to still be a thief. He doesn’t quit, doesn’t take any bull and above else knows that the first rule in a fight is that there is no rules. He is an otherwise normal man that helped a young Shea Ohmsford to face off the near god like Warlock Lord. That and he hangs out with a troll and the troll is the “sensitive” one of the pair.

  9. Hold on… do we put our entries in the comments here? Because this is an AWESOME concept and I am so coming up with something!

  10. Okay, in an attempt to keep things a little fair I’m not going with my initial thoughts (Superman, Optimus Prime or Godzilla) and am picking someone who would find the Hunger Games a challenge. I’m picking the Doctor (from Doctor Who).

    Why? Genius level intellect, with a talent for outside the box thinking. He’s a brilliant improviser, and if the rules permitted I’d quote the two page passage from a novel that suggests that he unconsciously bends the rules of probability (the odds are *always* in his favour!). Physically he’s more durable than a human, and if he gets killed he can always regenerate into a new body (although that might be cheating…)

    He’s taken lessons in hundreds of fields from some of history’s greatest figures – he even taught some of them. He topples regimes for fun. He hates killing, but he’ll do it if he has to, and he hates anything that threatens children, so if he wins, he might just feel like stopping the Hunger Games himself…The most feared race in the galaxy calls him the oncoming storm and the destroyer of worlds. If the Doctor’s coming after you, start running…

  11. I’m going to put forth Malcolm Reynolds of Firefly Fame: An ex-soldier with a proven combat record. A charismatic leader who can talk his way out of almost anything, and shoot his way out of those he can’t. Able to pull the trigger when everyone around him is too panicked to do anything, and proven to be able to handle torture to the point of death. (After all, it seemed like the thing to do.) I bet he’d be able to take the Hunger Games, even if he’s only so-so with a sword.

  12. Okay. I’ve narrowed it down to two. Should be making a decision sometime in the night as I sleep. πŸ™‚

  13. I’m putting dibs on Lisbeth Salander – I will be back with my 300 words soon πŸ™‚

  14. Okay. I’m there. I choose River from Firefly/Serenity.

    River has everything going for her. Weapons training, for one thing. She can even take out her enemies with one shot while blindfolded.

    She has psychic powers of perception, the ability to climb, hide, and kick ass, and the gift of appearing beautiful, helpless, and vulnerable so that her enemies can be lured in if she chooses. More than all of that, she has heart. When her people need her, she steps up to the challenge and kills an entire army of Reavers without so much as ruffling her long, silky locks.

    Sure, she’s crazy, but what great person isn’t? That is a gift, too, allowing her to understand her enemies and what it takes to defeat them. She sees through people with a mind that can and does go anywhere.

    No power in the Verse can stop her! River is my champion for the Prawn & Quartered “Hunger Games.”

    Thank you for doing this, Heather. πŸ™‚

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  16. My choice for the winner of the P&Q Hunger Games – Lisbeth Salander (you know, the one with the Dragon Tattoo). And here is why she’s going to kick your arse, oh, I mean, the other competitors’ arses:

    1) Salander is smart, I mean, come on, the girl solves unsolvable mathematics riddles for fun. And even better she’s street smart, too, nothing gets by her.
    3) She’s tough, and despite her small size she can take a hit and keep on coming, plus she has proven ability to use any available weapon – gun, axe, giant dildo.
    4) She’s mega-rich and uncompromising, she would undoubtedly be the first contestant in the Hunger Games to work out a way to sponsor herself and parachute in timely gifts.
    5) She operates by her own skewed set of morals and she would have no issues mowing down anyone who stood between her and the finish line.

    Salander and I are looking forward to round 1. See you there πŸ™‚

  17. After much deliberation, I’m going with Stephen Hawking. There are power wheelchairs which would help him negotiate some rough terrain. There’s no sip-n-puff option that’ll help him climb trees, fend off computer generated tiger-dogs, or even shoot a bow and arrow, but he’ll be able to convince the others to kill each other off and he’ll easily find a way to over ride the programming for the cyber tiger-dog thingies. Besides, as a man who is confined to his wheelchair, he misses out on participating in a lot of the death match reality games that so many of us take for granted.

    Go Stephen Go!!!!

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  19. Severus Snape would totally survive a Hunger Games challenge. Hello? Fully qualified wizard here. He could summon whatever he needed to complete the challenges AND turn his opponents into cockroaches. Plus, the books never actually depict him eating anything, so he might not actually get that hungry. He’s got a sense of loyalty, and he’s incredibly hot. I mean, um, courageous. There.

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  21. Reblogged this on Double Guns and commented:
    This looks like a good idea, and the first round of The Fictional Hunger Games haven’t disappointed. Severus Snape and Stephen Hawking are each locked in tight contests. Who will be next?

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