Will you be reading the new 'Hunger Games' book? | The Tylt
"The Hunger Games" franchise is getting a new addition: a prequel, set 64 years before the beginning of the first "Hunger Games" novel. According to author Suzanne Collins, the book will come out May 19, 2020 and will follow the "Dark Days" after Panem's failed rebellion. It will also feature a young President Snowas the protagonist. Some fans can't wait to get their hands on another "Hunger Games" novel, while others have reservations. Some see this addition as a money grab and worry the book could diminish the quality of the series overall. What do you think?
Will you be reading the new 'Hunger Games' book?
During the summer of 2019, "Hunger Games" fans received incredible news: a prequel was on its way. Per AP News' Hillel Italie, "Hunger Games" author Suzanne Collins is returning to the world of Panem:
“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” she said. “The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”
Four months before the book's release, Entertainment Weekly's David Canfield published some juicy new details about the much-anticipated novel. According to Canfield, "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" will feature a young President Coriolanus Snow as the protagonist. In this telling of the "Hunger Games" universe, Snow is simply:
...a teenager born to privilege but searching for something more, a far cry from the man we know he will become. Here, he’s friendly. He’s charming. And, for now anyway, he’s a hero.
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For some fans, this unexpected news is enough to make 2020—a year already riddled with political and social anxiety—something to look forward to. "The Hunger Games" brought readers into a universe entirely different from their own, yet parallel to their daily lives. Collins is sure to deliver a novel rife with political controversy, drama and perhaps a love story or two. As AP's Italie notes:
“Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary,” Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger said in a statement.
Readers are already chomping at the bit to get their hands on this new novel and, if nothing else, dive back into a familiar world.
But some fans are holding their breath at the news. We live in a world of series, franchises and movie deals all driven by monetary gain, and "The Hunger Games" is certainly not immune.
There's no question that this new book will lead to a movie deal, and according the the AP, Lionsgate, the production studio responsible for all four existing "Hunger Games" movies, is already working with Collins on the writing process:
In a recent statement to The Associated Press, the chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Joe Drake, said, “As the proud home of the ‘Hunger Games’ movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
Any book that begins with a movie studio readily involved is on touchy ground.
Collins already faced criticism for "Mockingjay," with some fans believing it fell short of the expectations set by the first two books in the series. "The Hunger Games" was fantastic while it lasted, but much like other franchises, it could be ruined by forced additions.