[Fire sounds] As many of you know I’m a huge Hunger Games fan, and have made countless videos on characters and places from the series. and to be honest, I never thought there would be another Hunger Games book or movie. In this video, I’m going to give you the facts and tell you everything that we know about this new novel, and then I’ll break some things down and give my personal opinions and perditions on this news. After the final film was finished back in 2015. Susan Collins, the writer of the trilogy said Now, four years later, the publisher for her series, Scholastic, just announced they have a release date of May 19th 2020 for a prequel novel to the original series. It’s going to be set 64 years before the start of the original Hunger Games novels and timed for the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games. Collins stated that with this book she wanted to explore the state of nature, who are are and what we perceive and for the actual time period she chose for this novel it will be focused on the reconstruction period ten years after the war, commonly known as the dark days as the county Panem struggles back on it’s feet. She said its going provide fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions, and there by define their views of humanity. Dark days are an interesting topic to focus on becasue it’s ten years after the districts attempt to rise up the first time around and failed forcing them to participate in the Hunger Games as punishment for their betrayal.
Terrible war, this was the uprising that brought out land
13 districts rebelled against the county that
fed them, loved them, protected them.
brother turned on brother until nothing remained so far we haven’t gotten much on the book all we have is the cover but no title and no characters have been revealed. but I’ll talk about the characters in a minute. The thing on everybody’s mind is, is there going to be a movie? and right now the answer is yes. Lionsgate is the movie company that has the rights to the franchise. Making the four films and much of the merchandise, including clothing and action figures and so on since the announcement of this book they said that they were the proud home of the Hunger Games movies and said that they could hardly wait for Susan’s next book to be published. They went on to say that they have been talking with her during the writing process and said that they looked forward to continuing to work closely with her for the new movie so it looks like from the start they had planed to this book on the big screen soon after the books release. Now the big question is will it be sucessful and will it be good Just looking at the numbers of the previous installments. The trilliogy of novels sold over one hundred million copies and remained on New York’s Times best sellers list for five consecutive years and the films made three billion dollars. So even if just a fraction of those fans come back to read this and see the movie it will be successful with out a doubt, but will it be good? This time around they wont have the characters and actors that we’ve come to love like Katniss played by Jennifer Lawrence Peeta played by Josh Hutcherson Haymitch played by Woody Harrelson and so on, there are so many on the list. However, there are a few characters from the original series that were alive during this time period. Coriolanus Snow, the President during the original series. Was one years old during the first Hunger Games so here he would be ten years old. He lived in the Capital so it’s unlikely that we’ll see him, and if we do it will probably be a small cameo and an easter egg to the original series, but having him is a great possibility. Another character that could make an appearance is Mags Flanagan We meet her in Catching Fire when she went into the area taking the place of Annie. She first participated in the eleventh Hunger Games so that would be one year after this book takes place. We know that she died at the age of 80 in the 75th Hunger Games making her 15 during the events of this book. It’s much more likely that we’ll see her in District 4 than we’ll see Snow in the Capital but I’m excited to see if they expand on her character more and one other character that could possibly make an appearance is Greasy Sae, though this one is the least unlikely.She means a lot more in the films than in the books as in the films she was the one who gave Katniss the mockingjay pin However, in the books it was given to her by Madge. We might see these characters but maybe we wont. It could be possible that none of them will make an appearance at all and we’ll get a new line of all original characters. Now lets break some stuff down as I give my personal opinion and predictions on the book and movie The cover is very reminiscent of the first book. With the black background very unlike the red and blue cover that we got for the books that followed. What we dont have is the title. The prequel cover has a single feather, which most likely represents a bird. Something that was present on every cover of the original series so it makes sense that it would be here too Birds have always meant a lot to the series and have always had deeper meanings. Becasue we just have a single feather here my thinking is that we know that the mockingjays is the logo of the rebellion
This is revolution, and you are the
mockingjay. and it took 74 years to make that happen it makes sense that single feather will come to be the mockingjay. As I said Lionsgate is already working with Collins during the writing process which kinda worries me. Lionsgate is a big company and big companies care about money more than anyting They just recently licensed the film property to theme parks and live concert tours being built around the movie franchise. So they’re already tring to make a quick buck on the series which is totally fine that business as expected. But what worries me is that fact that Collins is already working with them before she even finsihed the book, I don’t wanna see the movie company have too much input into her writing. and I don’t want her to write the book so its easier to adapt to a film I want her to write a novel not a screenplay and the reason why I bring this up. is becasue she was activly involved in the making of the four films, so she knows what it takes to make a movie and the struggles that come with it especially when adapting a book to the big screen. I just hope she writes it more like book, and less like a movie. At this point she needs to focus on the novel and only the novel Also, while we’re speaking of money it’s clear that Scholastic, the publishing company for the novels is also very excited this book and again they’re a big company so are they excited because the franchise is moving forward or are they excited because they know they’re about to make a lot of money? To be honest, I think it’s a bit of both the Scholastic President said: Since the end of the movie franchise Lionsgate has been pressured to expand the series past the books to draw in younger audiences but they respected Collins work too much to move the story forward without her. and for that I have great respect for them because lets be honest, in the past that did not work well for other franchises. The most notable being the ending of Game of Thrones, the Walking Dead going past the comics, the very split fanbase for the Fantastic Beasts films to extend the Harry Potter universe and the very split audience for the sequel Start Wars series without George Lucus Another big question is will it be relevant by 2020? The first book came out in 2008. So it will be 12 years since then. While the simple answer to that question is yes it will. If you just look at my channel alone I uploaded Hunger Games 3 or 4 years after the series ended and many of them got millions of views and I constantly have people asking for more Hunger Games vidoes so clearly there are still very loyal fans with a thirst for more and lets not forget theres a whole new generation to be introduced to this series. those that might have been too young to read or watch the violent storytelling that can now read and see it All in all, I’m very excited for the new book and film and I’d really hope that they arent plagued by the things that I mentioned earlier I honestly hope that I fall in love with this book, movie and time period in Panem The way I did with the original series. Let me know your thoughts Are you excited? underwhelmed? worried? comment below and let me know, Thanks so much for watching guys! You can follow me on social media links for that will be in the description and I wanna give a huge shoutout to all my Patreons listed below If you wanna be listed on my next video plus a bunch of other rewards check out my Patreon which is linked down below If you enjoyed this video, make sure you press that subscribe button to help grow the channel. Again thank you so much for watching and look out for more great videos on the way!