Hunger Games Research Study-Participants Needed!

Listen up!  If you are between the ages of 11-17 and live in The United States, Canada, or Australia you have the opportunity to participate in an exciting study!

Dr. Jen Scott Curwood, a literacy researcher at the University of Sydney in Australia, is conducting a study to find out about your love for The Hunger Games and how you participate in fan sites.  You may have heard her on the most recent episode of the HG Fireside Chat !

Read below for details:

Nearly four years ago, I read a book called The Hunger Games. I fell in love with Katniss’ story, and I couldn’t wait for the next book in the trilogy to come out. Since then, I’ve been fascinated with how fans have responded to The Hunger Games.  I’ve read fabulous fan fiction, listened to podcasts, contemplated artwork, watched videos, and taken part in role-playing games.

I’m a former high school English teacher, and I’m currently a literacy researcher at the University of Sydney in Australia. I think that books are valuable – and I think that it’s important to understand how teens are engaging with literature and developing their literacy on Hunger Games-related fansites.

For the past year, I’ve talked with teens around the world.  My study is ongoing, and I would love to find more research participants.  If you’re between the ages of 11 and 17 and live in the United States, Canada, or Australia, will you participate in this study? 

With your parents’ permission, I will talk with you over email or Skype to learn more about your passion for The Hunger Games and how you participate in fansites. Please email me at js.curwood@sydney.edu.au for more information or to join my research. Your real name will be confidential and your privacy will be protected. I’d love to hear your story, and I think that parents and teachers could learn a lot from you.

Why is this research important?  I hear a lot of people say that, “Teens don’t read” or “The Internet is a waste of time.” And I just don’t think that’s always true.  Teens do read – if they have good books at hand. And the Internet is an incredible way to connect with other fans and develop literacy skills.  I think that adults should know about (and care about!) how young people engage with literature and fan culture.

Check out Dr. Curwood’s site here.

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