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Mockingjay Part 1: A Cake, a Pie, and a Revolution

I was a little bit late jumping on the Hunger Games bandwagon, but now that I'm here, I'm all in. I didn't watch the first movie until a week before the second one came out, and it wasn't until about 5 minutes in that I was hooked. After seeing both films and becoming hopelessly entwined with the plot and the characters, I was told that it would be a full year before the next installment of the trilogy hit theaters. For those who don't know, the third book is being split into two movies, each premiering a year apart. Deeply distraught, I purchased my own bow and arrow so that I could learn archery like Katniss. I began reading the books, wondering how the movie producers could be so cruel to us. My generation is a sucker for a good series (think Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and now the Hunger Games). We wait patiently for the next movie or book to be released, but our favorite characters never leave our thoughts. We feel what they feel, whether it's excitement, fear, pain, or love. We are connected to them.

Last night, my husband and I attended the 9:30 premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and I think it's safe to say that we both had adrenaline pumping through our veins even after the movie ended. The movie left us with an appropriately timed cliffhanger that satisfied us just enough but left us wanting more. My husband, who is a big fan of war movies, said that it was the most intense movie he had ever seen. I have not stopped thinking about the movie since I left the theater and even woke up this morning singing Katniss's song. We have already talked about when we will go see the movie again, because surely we can't be expected to wait until next year to feed our Hunger Games obsession. IF WE BURN, YOU BURN WITH US!

I began loving dystopian fiction when my 6th grade class read Lois Lowry's The Giver, which was recently made into a motion picture, too. It's becoming somewhat of a trend in both movies and books, catapulted by the success of the Hunger Games. The series has a stellar cast, including Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci (my favorite!), and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. As if I haven't ranted enough, I urge you to go see this dark, deeply thematic movie. If you haven't seen the others, please watch them first (I believe the second one is on Netflix right now) or you will be utterly lost. But first, let's have a little fun! Our favorite YouTube personality/baker extraordinaire created two wonderful videos for us in honor of the Mockingjay revolutionary herself, Katniss Everdeen.

First, a pie with the Mockingjay symbol:

Then, a cake inspired by Katniss's wedding dress in the second movie:

May the odds be ever in your favor.