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EntertainmentWill New 'Hunger Games' Be Relevant in 2020?

01:00  18 june  2019
01:00  18 june  2019 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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'The Hunger Games ' is returning a decade after Suzanne Collins seemingly wrapped up Panem. Scholastic spokeswoman Tracy van Straaten declined to comment on the new book's contents or featured characters beyond what's described in Monday's announcement.

The first three " Hunger Games " books - "The Hunger Games ," ''Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay" - have sold more than 100 million copies and Although she was actively involved with the production of the " Hunger Games " films, Collins appeared done with the novels after the publication of "Mockingjay

It's been almost 10 years since Suzanne Collins' final entry into her Hunger Games trilogy was released. The series went on to become a blockbuster film franchise that helped make YA post-apocalyptic fiction a hot property in Hollywood for a time. Collins is returning in May 2020 to world of Panem for a prequel novel that will be accompanied by a Lionsgate film adaption, and the revival begs the question, what does Hunger Games mean in today's world?

A lot has changed since Collins' bestselling series about a dystopian future version of America in which children are forced to fight to the death in a televised contest hit shelves. Multiple franchises that launched off the back of The Hunger Games like Maze Runner and Divergent have come and gone with varying levels of success and failure. And there's a more robust conversation around representation and inclusivity in publishing, particularly in YA books.

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Collins set the “ Hunger Games ” books in a post-apocalyptic dystopia where young people must fight and kill Scholastic spokeswoman Tracy van Straaten declined comment on the new book’s contents or featured Lionsgate released the four “ Hunger Games ” movies, and the studio’s vice chairman

Collins' original Hunger Games trilogy -- The Hunger Games , Catching Fire, and Mockingjay -- have sold more than 100 million copies and been translated into more than 50 Are you excited about the Hunger Games prequel? Let us know in the comments. The new novel goes on sale May 19, 2020 .

So what must Collins do to make her story feel relevant? And where could she take the next iteration of her popular alt-universe series?

Though details about the new novel are scarce, the writer explained why she was returning to the world and what she wants the new series to deal with when it was announced. "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 in a statement. "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."

This sets the book around 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games and means that the new title will likely focus on reestablishing the "Districts" which play such a huge part in the series. In The Hunger Games, readers are introduced to a new version of North America that is split into regions known as Districts numbered 1-12. At their center is the Capitol, a wealthy, opulent, and surreal place which feeds on the labor of the other regions. In a simplistic device, the Districts become more impoverished and oppressed the further away from the Capitol that they get, with the heroine Katniss Everdeen's home being the poorest and most forgotten, District 12.

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The Hunger Games are so unethical that any country in the world would rush in and help. The Capitol would be toast. “Peace keepers” would face off in a desperate battle If we did have the hunger games would it be cheaper to put them in a area and fight for thier freedom. Only one could live.

Little is known about this period in the book and film canon, but what Collins' and her novels refer to as the Dark Days was essentially the reformation of Panem after the First Rebellion which saw the people rise up against the fascistic government in the Capitol. The rebellion led to a massive war and the establishment of the Hunger Games. It's an interesting choice to set a prequel to your book series in a time where the major conflict of the original — the forced and televised child death matches — is in its earliest stages, with the new story beginning on the morning of the tenth Hunger Games.

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As the series is still being published by Scholastic and will presumably fit into the young adult bracket, it's likely that readers and eventually viewers will be introduced to a whole new group of young characters struggling to find their way in the days after the war. The Hunger Games has always been interested in the ideas of class and class division (even if the exploration was cursory at best), so it seems probable that this story could center on how those divisions were established. Who decided which communities would become the outer Districts? How were the denizens of the Capitol chosen? You can probably expect these questions to be at the center of the new story, along with the potential for a Romeo and Juliet-style narrative about young lovers torn apart by warring factions and the iron grip of the Capitol as the reformation of Panem begins.

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“Happy Hunger Games ! And may the odds be ever in your favor.” What do they do all day, these people in the Capitol, besides decorating their bodies and waiting around for a new shipment of tributes to rill in and die for their entertainment?”

Collins' original books, though widely celebrated, have also been the topic of many conversations about the lack of nuance in young readers titles. There's a distinct lack of exploration about race or how racism, white supremacy, and other institutionalized oppressions would affect the establishment of a society like Panem. There's a chance that in 2019 — with the conversations about own voices writing and meaningful representation — Collins will try to rectify that, but her use of the loaded term "reconstruction" seems to hint at a take on America's real life post-Civil War era which would certainly be a misstep as an analogous message behind her fictional world. Collins has often been critiqued for her depiction of race in the series, so setting herself the challenge of becoming a voice for one of the most important moments in American history, and more specifically Black history, would likely take away from the story rather than adding to it.

There's a chance that Collins' may want to seed a more direct connection to the original series, and though there's no way that Katniss, Peeta, or any of the core cast can reappear, their relatives certainly could. If the author wants to go a different route while still referencing the trilogy, there are a few older characters who could be at the center of the story, like District 12's local chef Greasy Sae. This could be particularly meaningful for the future adaptation as in the films as it's Sae who gives Katniss the Mockingjay pin that becomes the beacon of her famed rebellion. It would be easy for Collins' to create a new narrative around the younger version of the character as she grows up during the so-called Dark Days.

The popularity of young adult adaptations has waned since the last Hunger Games film was released and the reliability of nostalgic reboots has been put in doubt following the recent box office failures of a number of big name franchises. So the question of just where the potential new film sits in the current landscape is a perplexing one. Though the plot is unknown, if Collins wants to replicate the success of the original franchise, then she'll have to learn from the current conversations that are being had and from the mistakes of the past.

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