A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY FANSITE is an unofficial website for superfans of the book series and movie about a twisted reality show where only one teen can survive. Precocious kids can take advantage of the site's community tools. They can weigh-in on forums, write fan fiction, or fill out short polls. User-generated content is mostly tame, but be forewarned that visitors may encounter iffy language. Site creators claim no responsibility for what's posted and provide only an email address for reporting problem behavior. Expect spin-off products and pesky ads to pepper the site. Also note that the site encourages users to join an internal social network, so kids who participate are likely to interact with people of different ages.
What's it about?
The Hunger Games Trilogy Fansite carries the latest announcements and paid plugs for the related books and movie. Offerings consist primarily of promotions, but there are a few solid outlets where fans can express themselves. They can take polls, create fan art, write fan fiction, read up on newsworthy announcements, and get the latest gossip about the actors. Despite being saturated with ads, rabid fans can find unique avenues for participation.
Is it any good?
Tweens active on The Hunger Games Trilogy Fansite -- especially girls -- are abuzz with excitement surrounding the book series and movie, and the community on this site appears tight. Users can discuss topics ranging from the book's adaptation to thoughts on key characters. Authors can also submit sequel stories that put their own twist on existing material. As the "fansite" label suggests, users are the best part of the site. Unfortunately, a bombardment of promotions distracts from meaningful content. Links from fan art lead users down a rabbit hole of giveaways. Commercials for nail polish and character trading cards litter the "fun stuff" category. To boot, several pages load slowly or not at all.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why the creators of The Hunger Games Trilogy Fansite allow product promotions on the site. Discuss the line of nail polish that's being marketed in connection with the film, for example. Is it OK that it's there? Who is its target?
Encourage kids to comb through the fan fiction. Get their take on how different authors altered the original story. Ask them what spin-off story they might make.