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Here’s Who Might Be in ‘The Hunger Games’ Prequel… and What That Means for the Story.

In case you missed the news, The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins will officially be releasing a prequel novel set seventy-five years before the first games—and yes, we’re hungry for more!

The prequel, set for May 2020 release, will take place just after the Dark Days after the First Rebellion, the civil war between the districts and the Capitol. If you know your fictional history better than whatever you just scribbled down on your final, you’ll know that this rebellion ground to a halt when District 13 abandoned the others to secure its own freedom. With 13’s resources out of the picture, the Capitol crushed the remaining districts and plunged the fractured nation into the aforementioned Dark Days, a ten-year reconstruction period during which the Treaty of Treason—the legal stipulation for the games themselves—was enacted.

 

Panem doesn’t follow the traditional boundaries of the U.S. as many regions are now underwater. | Image Via Bustle

 

While we already know some of what happened, let’s look back on this excerpt from The Hunger Games and remember that global warming was probably what caused everything to go to hell in the first place:

He tells of the history of Panem, the country that rose up out of the ashes that was once called North America. He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the fires, the encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land, the brutal war for what little sustenance remained. The result was Panem, a shining Capitol ringed by thirteen districts, which brought peace and prosperity to its citizens. Then came the Dark Days, the uprising of the districts against the Capitol. Twelve were defeated, the thirteenth obliterated. The Treaty of Treason gaves us the new laws to guarantee peace and, as our yearly reminder that the Dark Days must never be repeated, it gave us the Hunger Games.

 

 

The encroaching sea that swallowed up so much of the land? The brutal war for what little sustenance remained? Sounds like global warming to me. But I digress—the exact cause of the First Rebellion isn’t the only thing we’re dying (is this in poor taste?) to know. Whenever fans get a spinoff or prequel, the very first thing we want to know is if any of our friends will be there. As readers, we bond with our favorite characters and want to feel some echo of their life in these new stories. We want to know that they’re as important to the world of the story as they are to us personally.

Of course, this is rarely possible when time-skips are involved. Fans of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters universe have historically been lucky on this front; fan-favorite quick-witted, bisexual warlock Magnus Bane is immortal and can therefore appear in any book, giving readers a sense of familiarity within the new story.  Fortunately, we can guess at which characters might appear in the prequel based on the timeline. According to Time, the prequel will begin at the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games, over sixty years before we meet Katniss Everdeen. So, who was alive back then?

Let’s take a look at who we might encounter:

 

President Snow.

 

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President Snow would be eleven at the time of the prequel, so it’s possible that we could meet the ruthless despot when he’s only a child. Admittedly, it would be interesting to see how coming of age in this time period could influence his worldview and the man he becomes. Of course, Snow’s age comes with certain implications: he would have been born barely a year before the first Hunger Games and knows no other world. This could offer readers an interesting juxtaposition between himself and teenage characters, who may remember life before the Games. We would also get to see what life is like for a child of the Capitol: born into wealth, Snow likely never experienced the mortal fear that consumed children of the same age. (Compare his life with Prim’s, a life in which a pre-teen could be reaped for the Games.)

 

Mags.

 

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The oldest featured character in Collins’ trilogy, Mags is the District 4 female tribute who befriends Katniss in Catching Fire. You might remember her most iconic (yet blatantly upsetting) scene: Katniss is trying to carry Mags to safety as the poison fog encroaches in Plutarch Heavensbee’s clock arena when Mags lets go and is quickly engulfed. Since she sacrificed herself so that Katniss could outrun the fog, fans resonated with her extraordinary gesture. If you’ll recall, self-sacrifice is in her nature: she was only in the games because she volunteered to save Annie Cresta, Finnick Odair’s troubled girlfriend.

At eighty years old, Mags is the right age to appear in the prequel as a teenager. Given that she won the 11th Hunger Games, just one year after the timeline of the upcoming novel, it’s highly likely she’ll at least make an appearance. Unlike with Snow, the narrative could present Mag’s unique perspective as someone born before the Hunger Games ensured the districts’ submission. District 4 is traditionally a Career district: children train for the Games, following the local cultural convention that to fight and win is a tremendous honor. While we don’t know whether or not Mags herself was a Career, it would be interesting to watch a character’s bloodlust and desire for glory transform into the deep empathy she obviously possesses at eighty.

If we’re lucky enough to see both Mags and Coriolanus Snow, the juxtaposition of District 4 and the Capitol could make for fascinating political commentary. Among the twelve remaining districts, District 4’s fishing industry has made it one of the wealthiest. The residents of 4 are a complex bunch: affluent enough to produce Career tributes and strong-willed enough to side with the Second Rebellion. It would be fascinating to see the differences between a wealthy district (the Capitol) whose citizens were guaranteed physical safety and a wealthy district whose prosperity could not save it.

 

 

What do you think? Will we see anyone we recognize? Or will we, much like whoever our characters may be, remain in the dark?

 

 

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Get Ready for ‘The Hunger Games’ Prequel Novel!

Yes, it’s true! Suzanne Collins is giving the world a prequel to her multimillion-selling trilogy The Hunger Games.

 

 

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Collins’ trilogy started in 2008, only a year after she finished her 5 book series The Underland Chronicles, with The Hunger Games – where in the nation of Panem, established in the remains of North America after an unknown apocalyptic event, the wealthy Capitol exploits the twelve surrounding districts by forcing representatives from each district, one boy and one girl between the ages 12 to 18, to fight each other to the death in a televised event.

The novel follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers for the 74th Hunger Games in place of her 12-year-old sister.

 

The Hunger Games Trilogy

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The novel received critical acclaim with Time calling the novel “a chilling, bloody and thoroughly horrifying book” and The New York Times noting “the considerable strength of the novel comes in Collins’ convincingly detailed world-building and her memorably complex and fascinating heroine” before going to sell millions of copies.

During this heyday, Collins signed a six-figure deal for three books with Scholastic. She did, and Catching Fire came out the following year and Mockingjay came out the next year in 2010. Catching Fire received praise for improving upon the first book and, like The Hunger Games, became a New York Times bestseller.

Mockingjay received praise for its portrayal of violence and romantic intrigue while it sky-rocketed to the top of all US bestseller lists upon its release.

 

 

Each of the novels were developed into films starring Jennifer Lawrence with Mockingjay being split into two parts. The films are largely responsible for setting off a trend of teenage dystopian films, but after Mockingjay Part 2 released, it seemed like the end of the series.

 

Suzanne Collins

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But come May 19 2020, Suzanne Collins will bring readers back to Panem in a prequel set 64 years before the beginning of her multimillion-selling trilogy, is coming next year. She said in a statement:

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.

Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger didn’t give us any new information, but he did tell fans that:

We are absolutely thrilled — as both readers and publishers — to introduce the devoted fans of the series and a new audience to an entirely new perspective on this modern classic.

Obviously, Lionsgate – who released the four Hunger Games movies – are already gearing up to adapt the prequel for a movie. Express.co.uk quotes studio’s chairman Joe Drake as saying, “We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”

 

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10 of the Coolest Heroines in Fiction

For much of history, much like in real life, female characters in fiction were sidelined, often not promoted to the front like their male counterparts until recently. But this has begun to change, with strong and nuanced female character coming to the forefront of genres like fantasy, science fiction,  historical and more! And even looking back throughout literary history, there are numerous examples of kickass women who paved the way forward. Here some of the best, counting down from ten!

 

10. Offred- The Handmaid’s Tale

 

Offred from the Handmaid's Tale sits in a red dress with a table and bottle of milk before her

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The Handmaid’s Tale tells of a future where women have been reduced to the role of reproductive slaves in a society run by a religious order, made into the property of men and forbidden from reading, writing, or holding positions of power. Offred, whose real name is June, is a woman who dreams of a better life and despite all the hardship she endures, she instills the spark of rebellion, piece by piece, through her actions and inspires women around her. She may not be an action hero but it’s clear she’s the strongest character, holding power over the men who claim to own her.

 

9. Sabriel- Sabriel

 

Sabriel is a young woman with a blue outfit standing with a thin sword against a grey hair

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In a world where the dead walk the earth, one young women holds the key to countering the dark evil rising from the depths of the underworld. Enter Sabriel, an eighteen-year-old girl who is finishing her work at an all female college where she sees a vision of the dead walking out from the other realm beyond her own to infest the earth. Sent by her father to stop a group of Necromancers, Sabriel is fierce, ferocious, but also very human and showcases a quiet inner strength that allows her to overcome Death itself.

 

8. Nancy Drew-Nancy Drew mystery stories

 

Nancy Drew, clad in a green dress sits in a swamp as she attempts to open a clock

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Nancy Drew was created in 1930s but nevertheless emerged to become an icon for countless generations. A young girl working as an amateur detective, Nancy Drew constantly went headfirst into danger, exploring abandoned castles, creepy mansions, slimy swamps, and dark basements to solve mystery after mystery. The character has been updated to become stronger and older as the years went by, letting her evolve while also staying true to her roots, always a girl as brave as any boy and sniffing out the next case to crack.

 

7. Matilda- Matilda

 

Matilda stands on a bed with a crafty smirk

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Another young girl, Matilda emerged as one of the best characters of Roald Dahl’s novels who has a love of reading and kindness while also possessing rad telekinesis. She overcomes adversity not through brute force, contrasting her nemesis, the Trunchbull, a massive tyrant of a headmaster who bullies the children in her care. Matilda’s mind is her greatest asset and is gleeful to see her emerge as the smartest person in the room. You can’t help but cheer as she overcomes the Trunchbull, letting her mind flow freely to literally grab the brute of a woman and give her a taste of her own medicine.

 

6. Princess Cimorene- Dealing with Dragons

 

A princess and a dragon stand side by side as they have tea and cake

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This princess turns the classic trope of a fair damsel getting kidnapped by a dragon and rescued by a knight on its head. Cimorene runs away from her kingdom where her parents try to make her marry an undesirable prince, runs to a dragon, and takes up a job under the dragon’s wing. Cimorene takes charge of her life from the first chapter, showcasing her strength, wit, and skill to get a life she wants, not the one the story has set out for her. And she gets to be best friends with a dragon, which is badass.

 

5. Isabella Trent- A Natural History of Dragons

 

A black and white photograph of Lady Trent, both older and young

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Written as a memoir by supposed famous dragon naturalist Lady Trent, A Natural History of Dragons chronicles the adventures of Isabella Trent who strives to become the authority of dragonology. Written as a bookish, very English sort of woman, Isabella is prim and proper, erudite and sophisticated while possessing a true passion for the dragons of the world. She would sooner examine a dragon up close than scream in terror, being truly fascinated and possessing a scholarly disposition that makes her quite lovable. It’s wonderful to watch her evolve as the series go on, seeing her adventures with dragons and showcasing how she is the most brilliant mind in the room.

 

4. Katniss Everdeen- The Hunger Games

 

Katniss Everdeen stands in a jumpsuit with a bow of arrows on her back

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Thrust into The Hunger Games, a bloodsport that pits her against teens from fellow Districts, Katniss Everdeen rises to the occasion to take control of her destiny. Refusing to play by the Capital’s rules, she fights against the game at every opportunity, first refusing to kill her supposed ‘enemy’ Peeta at the game’s end, threatening to kill herself if the Capital doesn’t let them both live. Eventually, she becomes the leader of a rebellion against the District entirely, becoming a full fledged warrior as the Districts rise around her to overthrow President Snow. Katniss is a champion for inner strength, fierceness, and stone cold badassery.

 

3. Scout Finch- To Kill a Mockingbird

 

Scout Finch, a young girl leans on the table with her elbows

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Scout is great because of how real she feels. She narrates the book from her POV, showcasing her child’s view of the world, making us fall in love with her mannerisms and her fiesty attitude. She’s curious, always ready to get into a fight, and a tomboy, contrasting with the small town atmosphere around her that disapproves of her unladylike ways. She is at once relatable, yet always reminding us she’s a child and has a lot of growing up to do. But Scout is always wonderful, a great protagonist who showcases the spirit of a women beneath her childish exterior.

 

2. Arya Stark- A Song of Ice and Fire

 

Arya stands with a coin in hand as Sander Clegane lounges in the background around a campfire

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One of the protagonist of Game of ThronesArya began as an immature girl, the third child of Ned Stark who was interested in very unladylike things, being fiesty and independent. But as the series progresses, she grows into a fully fledged warrior, swearing revenge on those who killed her family and becoming one of the Faceless Men, learning their skills as an assassin. She wields an awesome sword named Needle and ventures across Westeros, trying to complete her list of named targets. Extremely popular with fans, Arya is vicious despite her small size and should never be underestimated.

 

1. Hermione Granger- Harry Potter

 

Hermione stands in her school uniform against a brown backdrop

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One of the iconic figures in the series, Hermione is arguably more capable than Harry, being an intelligent teenager with a gift for magic, an aptitude for history, and often described as a walking encyclopedia. Favoring brains over brawn, she comes up with the plans throughout the series and often represents a clear headed contrast to the more impulsive Ron or even Harry. She isn’t without her flaws, with her fear of failure driving her to nearly kill herself as she drowns herself in schoolwork, but she always prove herself a strong young woman, ready to smack anyone who challenges or insults her.

 

 

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5 Literary Dudes I’d Like to Trick into Dating Me This Holiday Season

There’s no good way to say this: as November comes to a close and winter beefs up, all the hot singles near you are looking for a warm body to curl up next to, especially if their apartment doesn’t have central A/C. So in honor of it officially being cuffing season, here are five dudes of lit I’d like to tangle up with the ol’ ball and chain. So without further ado,

 

1. Neville Longbottom, from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

 

I’m about to mix some metaphors, but bear with me. If the Harry Potter world was the real world, Harry would be the starting quarterback who gets all the trophies, the glory, the fame, the fortune, and the groupies. Harry would also lose his hair by twenty-six, be terribly accident prone, and constantly be followed by people lurking in the shadows. Neville, on the other hand, is that sensitive, artsy boy who found puberty the summer between junior and senior year, grew a foot and a half and got smoking hot. Harry’s the John Lennon, the snarky, sulky, self-absorbed one while Neville’s the George Harrison, putting in the work and the time on the sidelines. Plus, Matthew Lewis is a total slice.

 

Matthew Lewis

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2. John Watson, from the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

 

Does anyone actually want to date Sherlock Holmes? Seriously, anyone?

 

Gimme a dude like Watson. Watson is the sensible, thoughtful, educated, and life-experienced counterpart to Holmes’ assholery disguised as genius. He’s the rock that keeps Sherlock grounded, and really, isn’t that what we’re all looking for at the end of the day? Also, Martin Freeman.

 

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3. Samwise Gamgee, from the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Samwise Gamgee is the absolute definition of ride or die. Despite stopping to declare at minute 44 of 726 (extended edition trilogy runtime) that that was the farthest he had been from home – 

 

 

Sam not only went way farther than he ever dreamed, but he literally carried his best friend up a volcano to destroy a magic ring which he doesn’t even get credit for. Sam deserves the world and I’d like to give it to him.

 

4. Cinna, from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

 

Cinna is an incredible stylist, aesthetically perfect, and a major part of an underground resistance set on overthrowing a corrupt dystopian regime, and he does it all in gold eyeliner. Cinna made Katniss. Without him, Katniss would’ve just been another girl in bad clothes killed on TV. Yikes.

 

Lenny Kravitz

Is this article just an excuse to post this photo of Lenny Kravitz? The world may never know.
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And here’s where I realize that I was unknowingly picking characters that also have a smoke show on-screen counterpart, but here’s also where I realize that I played myself.

 

5. Gregor Samsa, from The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

 

I’m not gunna lie, I always get The Metamorphosis and The Fly confused, but to be fair, they’re very similar concepts.

 

Jeff Goldblum in The Fly

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Sure, Gregor Samsa’s life sucks. He’s a traveling salesmen who gets turned into a cockroach. He’s got the shit end of the life stick, and if he’s not careful someone might try to squash him with that stick because he’s literally a cockroach. Despite, he loves his family, cares for them, and dreams of sending his sister to a music conservatory. He’s looking out for his own, that is, until he dies just like he lived, gruesomely. It’s the American Dream.

 

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Lionsgate Brings ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Divergent’ Attractions to NYC

Lionsgate Entertainment City is coming to Times Square in NYC. They have an attraction opening in the Motiongate Theme Park in Dubai this Fall. The attraction in Times Square will feature some of its highest grossing projects including The Hunger Games and Divergent. 

 

Deadline reports “a Hunger Games flying simulator attraction, [and] a Divergent themed obstacle course” will be coming to the area. The attraction will house dining options including “Peeta’s Bakery,” whose name is drawn from Katniss Everdeen’s love interest, Peeta, in The Hunger Games. 

 

Peeta

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All of this information has just been released, with a vague date of 2019 announced. Even still, we can’t wait to check this out! 

 

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