Will the Upcoming Prequel to The Hunger Games Affect the Current Trilogy?

Hiya bookish people!

If you’ve read around, you would have heard the great - albeit unusual - news. Suzanne Collins will be releasing a prequel to the ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy! I say unusal, since it is not often that an author will release a prequel nine years after the release of the final book in a series or trilogy. Not only has Suzanne Collins managed to sell millions of copies of her novels, in multiple languages, she was also able to get screen rights sold for this enthralling series, which made her millions. I for one know that I loved the Hunger Games when I first read it, but will this new addition affect the books she already has released?

FIRST THINGS FIRST - PRIOR INFORMATION

First, let us just recap on the AMAZING trilogy that is ‘The Hunger Games’. I have taken the synopsis’ from GoodReads for each novel, so just click the cover, or the title, to be taken to the GoodReads page!

The Hunger Games || The Hunger Games #1 || 4.33 / 5 on GR

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.

Catching Fire || The Hunger Games #2 || 4.29 / 5 on GR

Sparks are igniting.

Flames are spreading.

And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before...and surprising readers at every turn.

Mockingjay || The Hunger Games #3 || 4.03 / 5 on GR

My name is Katniss Everdeen.

Why am I not dead?

I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans--except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.

Even throughout the premises of the trilogy, you can see that the story gets more intense and dark, which tells you just how powerful and raw the series is!

THE PREQUEL ITSELF - WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY!?

If you search up ‘Hunger Games Prequel’ into the all mighty and powerful Google, there will be a lot that shows up. The Guardian, tells us that this unnamed novel is set to release sometimes next year (2020). In this article with direct quotes from Suzanne Collins herself, Collins said:

“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.”

There are multiple sources who even confirm that there is a lot in the works for the way of a movie for this prequel too! But the next thing, if not the most important comes next.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE CURRENT TRILOGY, AND US READERS?

I know that for me, The Hunger Games is super important to me, I grew up with it and love the film representation, too! I am really worried, because how will this affect the series that I love?

The characters will be different, and this is set to be a failed rebellion.

Will the introduction of new characters affect how I see the Panem featured in the original trilogy?

But most of all, will there be easter eggs that either match up so much, or worse, not at all?

Do you have any worries about the new prequel? Do you like the series as it is? What about the films?

15 comments :

  1. I'd love to read it mostly for the Easter eggs! I love seeing them while reading :)
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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    1. Me too! I am really interested to see how the prequel will make references to the current three books!

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  2. Oh I worry A LOT about this prequel, but I'm very excited about it, too.I loved the hunger games series so, so much and can't wait to explore more of the world, especially in a prequel, but I'm also terrified that this will change my love for this series, too? So.... I'm nervous, but I'll have to wait and see haha :D

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    1. OML I love this trilogy so so much and I just hope that the prequel doesn't hurt me too much XD
      Yes, I totally understand what you mean, I am waiting with so much anticipation it isn't funny anymore

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  3. ok so I've never read THG, and I don't think I'll ever do it because I already know a lot about the plot. but I'm stoked for this sequel anyway! it's like suzanne collins left the face of the earth after mockingjay, and I'm so excited to see what they have in store for us! I am also really curious to seee if die hard fans of the original series will be disappointed or not!

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    1. omg btw this is caitlin from caitlin althea hahaha. I look so creepy with the unknown name and no pfp!

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    2. Hi Caitlin!
      i totally understand not reading the series when you know the plot essentials, it kind of defeats the purpose.
      IKR she just kinda disappeared, and as much as I am looking forward to her return, I am scared as all heck!

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  4. I was so surprised when I heard the news about the upcoming prequel-- I was half hoping it was a prequel which featured Haymitch's game but I think doing it set in 'The Dark Days' of panem will be interesting and give new themes to explore. Although I have only watched the films for The Hunger Games (I know I am such a bad book blogger) I felt like that were able to cover so much about what a rebellion would be like and the emotions and the causes it would be take whilst bringing in characters to make the story all the more captivating. Hopefully Collins will have taken care to make the prequel really good and only add to the universe. I hope you enjoy it when it comes out!

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    1. A view on Haymitch's game would be so amazing! He is obviously very affected by what happened to him (as are Katniss and Peeta, and all the other tributes) but I would love to see his development into the character he is now.
      You are not a bad book blogger at all! It is okay to cut corners now and then :)
      I know, me too! I am scared that if she introduces a whole new rebelllion, and even though we know it burnt out, that she will jump around too much, or forget about characters that she introduces to the world.

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  5. I don't know, but I personally don't like reading prequels or even sequels without the same characters way after the first release ��. I get pretty attaches to the characters, haha. I'm definitely going to read THG prequel, but I guess we don't know if I'll like it or not! By the way, I'm so sorry that I don't comment on your posts that much - it'll change!!

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    1. I know! I am really attached to the characters from THG so I am scared to be introduced to new ones, since I correlate the characters to the world!

      Please don't worry! I am just glad that you have commented on one!

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  6. I'm really excited for the new book but a little worried too as it has so much to live up to. Hopefully, with how well the original trilogy was written, this one will live up to it though and it does give some new and interesting ground to cover. I don't really know what to expect from it I guess but I'm definitely going to read it. Like you I love the film representation too, I actually think it's probably the best adaptation that I've seen along with Harry Potter.

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    1. Ugh me too! I'm worried since she just kind of dropped from the face of the earth and now we have to expect a book that essentially creates the world of the original three books?
      :)

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    2. Yes it's definitely going to be a challenge. I am excited that she's writing something new though. Maybe she's been working on it for quite some time?

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    3. Maybe it will turn out like Young Sheldon, that turned out very well!

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