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From Smart Pop Books:

The True Fan's Hunger Games Companion
The Panem Companion
An Unofficial Guide to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, From Mellark Bakery to Mockingjays
By V. Arrow


From the creator of the most well-known fan map of Panem comes an unofficial guide to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series. Writing with an engaging blend of literary insight and true fan passion, Hunger Games fan academic and seasoned media writer V. Arrow brings Panem to life, from how Panem could have evolved from the America we know today to textual clues as to socioeconomics, ethnicity, culture, sexuality, and more in the districts and the Capitol.

The Panem Companion includes a full lexicon of character name etymologies and an updated, fully illustrated, fold-out reference map of Panem.

Please note: Current cover image may not reflect final art.
Now, hey, wait a second.

V. Arrow? Isn't that...

I am SO excited that I am finally able to announce this to the fandom! It’s been killing me to keep it quiet for the last few months -- I’ve probably almost spilled the beans more times than Finnick tied knots in Mockingjay.

In December 2012, I will be releasing a book about The Hunger Games series and fandom, published by Smart Pop Books (who also produced the wonderful “The Girl Who Was On Fire” in 2011). Additionally, a sneak preview will be available in the January 2012 Movie Edition re-release of TGWWoF – which means that I get to share anthology space with writers like Carrie Ryan, Ned Vizzini, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Bree Despain. My mind boggles. It’s boggling like crazy. “The Panem Companion: An Unofficial Guide to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, from Mellark Bakery to Mockingjays” is easily my biggest accomplishment as a fangirl and, to date, as a writer.

I have so much love and respect for the people in this fandom who made this possible for me, and I’m grateful to everyone for being so accepting and enthusiastic about my writing and various academic THG pursuits, like the map (which is getting a professional art treatment and will be included in the book as a fold-out poster! Eee!) and THG Lexicon/Etymology, which will be fully polished, updated, and included as well (with lots of new stories and facts). There are so many intelligent and insightful fans of The Hunger Games and I can only hope that “The Panem Companion” will represent everyone gracefully.

I would be totally remiss if I didn’t thank my co-cartographer in crime, Meg AKA badguys AKA spearwife, for helping to create the map that started this whole process rolling. You are forever the Finnick to my Cinna (and anyone reading this who doesn’t follow her really should, because she is delightful).

I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Adam and Savanna at The Hunger Games Fireside Chat for discovering the map in a serendipitious Google search and allowing me to be a frequent guest on the show, and to Steph at themockingjay on LJ and fuckyeahthehungergames on Tumblr for posting the map to Tumblr before I even had an account, which is, I think, how it really gained traction in the first place.

More than that, I have to thank Leah Wilson at Smart Pop Books for believing in this project and for giving me such an incredible, incredible opportunity to get a taste of the publishing world (which I’ve been striving for since I was three and my mom taught me to type – fanfiction, incidentally!) while talking about one of my very favorite book series. I know that this is the kind of opportunity that many fangirls deserve but few are given, and I am promising everyone right now that I will try my absolute hardest not to squander it. My goal now is to make the fandom proud and create something worthy of Cinna, really – artistic, principled, and provocative.

On that note, to those of you who have sent me messages asking things like, “Why do you think Prim is half-Mellark?” or “Why do you use Spanish when you write about District 4?” –

Well, the reason I haven’t answered you is because those are long, involved answers that are going into “The Panem Companion”!

And speaking of fanfiction, you may have noticed that my rate of posting has slowed in the last few months. Now you know why! Unfortunately, it will remain slow until at least February as I write and revise “The Panem Companion.” The next story in the Five Loaves of Bread series will be up sometime in the next few weeks (I think) but after that, I’m going on a longfic hiatus. Not a long fic hiatus! Just a longfic hiatus. I’ll probably continue/revert to posting smaller, lighter, multifandom fics for a while in lieu of complex, novel-length stuff. However, if you haven’t read any of my fic, well, there’s plenty of longfic to tide you over until December, haha!

Despite quibbles and tiffs, the Hunger Games fandom is by far the most passionate and invested fandom that I’ve seen in a decade and a half of being a hardcore fangirl. Every single person in this fandom genuinely loves Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Finnick, and the world of Panem in a way that I think few fandoms more than a year old can really boast, and that’s something I’m tremendously proud to be a part of. I hope that “The Panem Companion” will be received with as much (or more) enthusiasm and support as the original map post and my various fanfics have been.

Although “The Panem Companion” will, sadly, not feature kindergarten Peeta hiding in a breadbox.

Probably.

V.

FOR UPDATES ON THE PANEM COMPANION: http://www.smartpopbooks.com/book/the-panem-companion

PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY DEAL RELEASE: [Link coming week of 10/31/2011]

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lovepollution
Oct. 31st, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
OMG OMG OMG! Meeeeep!
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:15 am (UTC)
puella_nerdii
Oct. 31st, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
Holy fuckballs, that is amazing. Congratulations! :D :D :D

brb, need to raid my gif folder.
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
[Belated response is belated] Thank you! It's going to be a lot of work, but I'm excited to do it. :)
glycerineclown
Oct. 31st, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
I can't deal. So, so proud and happy for you, dear.

FOLD OUT POSTER.

Ugh I love you so.


\o/
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
POSTER! ♥
shellebelle93
Oct. 31st, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
oh that is just awesome! congratulations! :)
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
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aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
ILY ILY ILY ILY ILY ILY ILY ILY ILY ILY ILY
callmeonetrack
Oct. 31st, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's awesome! Congratulations!
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:17 am (UTC)
Thank you!
rp_ks_lova
Oct. 31st, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND SO EXCITED! Congratulations!!! :D
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:17 am (UTC)
ILY! Thank you! ♥
subtlynice
Oct. 31st, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, this is... too awesome for words. Congrats! You totally deserve it - I've never seen anyone contribute more to their fandom.
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:17 am (UTC)
:33 Thank you so much! That means a lot. ♥
poppypickle
Oct. 31st, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
You rock and I'm so proud of you. That is all. <3
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
You rock, too! I'm sorry that I'm so slow with writing all the time. But I'm always on AIM during the day now if you want to catch up! :D
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aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! ♥
aliepie10
Oct. 31st, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I am so happy for you and so proud of you, bb! :D You have always given such an insight on the series. You are perfect for this. :)
aliepie10
Oct. 31st, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
*given such insightful thoughts
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just_miya
Oct. 31st, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
Really!!! this is such a wonderful news, congratulations!!
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm really excited about it. :D
themadpoker
Oct. 31st, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, this is amazing. Congratulations! I look forward to buying the book when it comes out.
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm excited to share it with everyone!
kid_lit_fan
Oct. 31st, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
I am so looking forward to owning this! Congratulations!
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:19 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm excited to share it with everyone!
orchida
Oct. 31st, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, it definitely looks interesting, I'll have to keep my eye on it.
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:19 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm excited to share it with everyone!
antistar_e
Nov. 1st, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
AND NOW WHENEVER PEOPLE ON TUMBLR HAVE OPINIONS YOU WANT TO HULK-SMASH, YOU CAN JUST BE LIKE, "UM, EXCUSE ME, ARE YOU THE PUBLISHED AUTHOR OF A THG COMPANION BOOK? YEAH DIDN'T THINK SO."

/so proud rn
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
i'mneglyouhavenoideahowharditwasduringyesterday'sdebaclenottobringthatup

whydoieverspeakeverwhy

Thank you!! I'm really humbled and excited and I just hope to do a good job. :33
misskitty373
Nov. 1st, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
OH MY GOD! That is so exciting!! I'm so happy for you, what an amazing opportunity ^_^
Will definitely be buying when it's released ;D
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:19 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm excited to share it with everyone!
truexillusions
Nov. 1st, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Holy freaking shit! That is absolutely AWESOME! Congrats!
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:19 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm excited to share it with everyone!
angelprojekt
Nov. 1st, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
How exciting! I always enjoy your work. :)
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:19 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm excited to share it with everyone!
girls_are_weird
Nov. 1st, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
oh wow, this is absolutely amazing! congratulations! way to make our fandom proud. ^_^
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:19 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm excited to share it with everyone!
caddyeverafter7
Nov. 1st, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh. Congratulations! And eeeeeek. So excited :D
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:19 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm excited to share it with everyone!
beeeeej
Nov. 1st, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
I AM JUST SO PROUD OF YOU
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC)
♥ ♥ ♥
ikel89
Nov. 1st, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
Awesome! Congratulations!)
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm excited to share it with everyone!
beejang
Nov. 1st, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
Add to the wishlist. :D
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm excited to share it with everyone!
widtarina
Nov. 1st, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
Congratulations!

FOLD OUT POSTER - awesome.

I can't wait to buy the book when it comes out!
aimmyarrowshigh
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm excited to share it with everyone!
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V. 26.

You've got to think about all the things you like and decide whether they're worth sticking around for. And if they are, you'll find a way to do this.

And what if I don’t?

Then you go away, and you don't get to like anything anymore.


“…[V. Arrow] has clearly established herself as both a titan of fan academia and as an honest, passionate, and dedicated... authority and aficionado.”
-- Fanboy Comics

"[V. Arrow] takes ... theoretical exploration to the heights of pop-culture academia."
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