We recently did a little interview with QualityLogoProducts.com as part of their series focusing on creators and maintainers of fan sites for popular fandoms, who basically work as unpaid promoters for movie studios, book publishers, etc. We had a fun time with the interview, so we thought we’d share a bit of it with y’all
When did you start the site?
It was after Mockingjay was released that a few of us started discussing the books at great length in an email thread. We wanted to provide a site that was not only up to date on all the news on the upcoming movie adaptation, but we also wanted to create a forum where adults could come together and talk about the books, the movies, etc., in an environment that was a little more comfortable as they would be having discussions with people their own age. So after a lot of hard work behind the scenes, we launched The Hob in September 2010.
How much time do you spend on running The Hob?
Running The Hob is literally a 24/7 job. We are not professional journalists, but we wanted to remain as professional and respectful of the industry as possible. We didn’t want to be a blog that posted paparazzi pictures of the actors, irresponsibly posted false rumors, or reported on news hours after it was already all over the Internet. We wanted to be as proactive as possible to offer our readers content they wouldn’t find anywhere else.
What makes you so passionate about The Hunger Games that you’re willing to put all this time and money into the web site?
The most basic thing this comes down to is that we are fans of the book series. We aren’t some big corporation trying to cash in on the next big thing. We are regular people who have read the books, enjoy the story and the characters, are interested in the movie adaptation, etc. We want to take our love of the series and share it with other people out there who are just like us.
What’s the most rewarding thing about working on the site?
We created this site as fans of the series ourselves, knowing what we would want in an all-inclusive fan site, so when our readers give us feedback that they appreciate how quick we are to post news and exclusives, how the atmosphere on our blog is really positive, how they love that our readers express themselves in a mature/respectful manner…it makes it all worthwhile!
How do you think your web site helps/affects the books and movie? How does it help/affect the fans?
Fan sites like ours help keep the excitement up in the time between reading the books and waiting for the movies. Without places like our site for people to go, they might lose their momentum for the series. Creating a forum where people can talk about anything and everything Hunger Games related not only keeps the excitement and interest alive, but it also introduces people to others who share in the same love of the books that they do.
Head over to QualityLogoProducts.com if you’d like to read the rest! And thank you to all of our readers who come back day after day We can’t wait to provide more exciting news as The Hunger Games filming gets underway!