Suzanne Collins will Give 2020 a Hunger Games Prequel

Whaaaaa? Wait, hold the phone.

We’re going back to Panem?

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My reaction

The legitimate answer is yes. Not only that, but there’s an actual release date, May 19, 2020. Only 11 months from now.

This new Hunger Games book is a prequel, as it will take place 64 years before the era we know in the original trilogy. What’s funny is that Suzanne Collins is calling the setting of her new book the “Dark Days” of Panem, and here I sit, thinking, “How could Panem get 34d1265d9cbdd348b904d6ebb659d006any darker?” If you’re even remotely familiar with the Hunger Games at all, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Apparently, the “Dark Days” is referring to the failed rebellion in Panem, well before Katniss’s time. At this point in time, we can only guess what the book will be about specifically and who is taking the spotlight as the main character as Collins has not yet revealed such information. But we do have a few words from the author regarding this new addition to the popular Dystopian series:

“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival. 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.” – Suzanne Collins

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a strong whiff of redundancy.

victorsvillage.pngNot only is there a book coming, but Lionsgate has been communicating with Collins during her writing process, and even though the studio hasn’t said whether they have the rights for the movie yet, it’s fairly likely that a movie based off the prequel will be happening as well. The franchise has reached the stars before; I can understand their hopes are high that they can reach them again.

If you’d like to research the talk about this new Hunger Games prequel, I recommend this site, as it also includes interesting information on where Collins first received inspiration for her popular Hunger games series and her thoughts on why she decided to write a story about teens killing each other for the sake of entertainment in the clutches of a bloodthirsty, totalitarian government.

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A shiny fan-made cover was imminent.

In my personal opinion, I am more surprised and disappointed, if anything, rather than excited and anticipatory. I’m not a fan of the Hunger Games series––the books or the movies––but I am genuinely interested in how the world will receive this new Hunger Games book. As it takes place six decades before Katniss’s time, it’s safe to assume that it won’t feature 72072471d5b99bad0a77af03a99472fathe beloved characters from the original trilogy (but who knows when it comes to Y.A. fantasy these days? Legolas showed up in the third Hobbit movie and time travel is a thing). The prequel will also be published ten years after Mockingjay was; Panem has slept for an entire decade, and the fandom, though a vastly popular one, has had plenty of time to wear off among the strong fan base that originally helped it to thrive. Coming back with another book or series after a decade is apparently becoming the thing to do, what with Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, continuing the Wizarding World of the Harry Potter franchise, and perhaps Collins decided to jump on the bandwagon as well and make a run for the money. I am not doubting the possibility of the book being a hit, just theorizing over reasons why it might not be (because I like to be controversial and I’m not sorry). As someone who has sported emotional wounds brought about by the viewing of the fourth Hunger Games movie Mockingjay Part 2 and believes that this new prequel is simply an attempt to keep the fandom in the media front seat, I don’t plan on participating in the inevitable hype.  Yet, I am eager to see how Collins will pull off and produce this new YA novel and how the rest of the world will receive it, and I am curious to see who the book will be about and what takes place during the “Dark Days of Panem”––I’m always up for a good backstory.

What are your thoughts on the news of this new Hunger Games publication? Are you a fan of Hunger Games and why or why not are you looking forward to this prequel? Tell me! As always, thanks for reading!

7 thoughts on “Suzanne Collins will Give 2020 a Hunger Games Prequel

  1. Whaaat?? I hadn’t heard about this!!
    I absolutely love everything Suzanne Collins has written so far, so I have high hopes for the prequel. And because it has been a full decade since she’s published anything novel-length (which is crazy, btw, I had no idea it was so long!), I’m hoping she truly came up with a story idea, rather than just writing to continue the hype.

    I’m also super intrigued by the idea that, going into the story, we know the rebellion will fail. Collins is great at not pulling any punches when it comes to her endings, so I’m interested in seeing how that plays out.

    That being said, I do wish she wrote a whole new series. I love the worlds she comes up with, and seeing a new one would be cool. Anyways, I’m excited, but I definitely see why you wouldn’t be 🙂

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    1. Yes!! I’m very curious myself, especially since it’s very safe to assume that the prequel’s ending will be a tragic one. It’s unfortunate that she decided to add on to the Hunger Games rather than create a new world and new characters. I would have loved to see what else she’d come up with.

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  2. As someone who thinks that this series didn’t need to even BE a series, and would have been better as a standalone novel, I guess it’s safe to say that I’m not super thrilled that there’s going to be yet another book set in this world. It’s an interesting world, yes, but one of the cool things about the original books was that they hinted at backstory, but they almost never got info-dumpy and there was just enough information to fill you in about why the world was like that, and yet keep that intriguing distopian atmosphere. I thought that was good worldbuilding! It doesn’t all need to be explained in a prequel. Also, if it’s going to be about a failed uprising then there’s no way it’s not going to be depressing as heck 😅

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    1. I heard from someone else also that they liked the suspense that the lack of backstory gave the series. It did add to the worldbuilding and it kept audiences engaged, but here we are now with a prequel that will probably be all about the worldbuilding and backstory lol. I’m interested to see how depressing the prequel will actually be, though. Since we know that it’ll be about a failed uprising, I’m curious to see what the little instances of hope will be––that is, there’d better be at least some hope in the book to make it worthwhile. XD

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  3. I did not like The Hunger Games, so suffice it to say I have no interest in even this concept. I won’t be racing to the bookstore to buy this new novel, nor excited about running to the cinema should a film version be produced. It does sound like the author’s run out of money, and ideas, quite frankly, and I find it somewhat sad (especially since I’d hate to think most authors do get stuck on their reputation for one title or series – but the fact is, it happens all the time!). Of course, this is also just my two cents, and I am not the target audience. It will be interesting to see what fans think!

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  4. OK!!!!?????? WHAT!!!??? Why do you not like the hunger games???? Its amazing! and Katniss is the most loving and wonderful sister ever and… I’m just… completely speechless right now… But anyway, the book has a name now. “The Ballad of Songbirds and snakes” And I am just so excited!

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