Suzanne’s Big Plans

Suzanne BEA2It was a small blurb in USA Today, but it definitely caught our attention. During the Book Expo America, Suzanne Collins said that she plans to write another young adult series after she’s done consulting on the scripts for Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 (bonus confirmation that she’ll be involved with those scripts as well!).

It makes us excited but a little nervous to look beyond The Hunger Games, even though we’ve still got plenty of movies to go. Suzanne released a children’s book last fall, Year of the Jungle, but hasn’t released anything in the YA genre since Mockingjay. She said nothing else about her plans, so it opens up a lot of questions. Is she going to stick with the dystopian genre or go for something else? Will she stick with a female heroine? Will she even keep her first person writing style? Suzanne Collins is also known for writing The Underland Chronicles, which, while hitting on themes of war that exist in her other works, deviates in genre and point of view and has a male protagonist.

the underland chronicles

One of the pitfalls for her to avoid is the expectation that she’ll be writing another Hunger Games. It’s a lot of pressure for her to come back with another cultural phenomenon, but also, no one wants a re-hash of an already beloved series.

We’re looking forward to what’s next from Suzanne Collins. She’s a great voice to have in the young adult genre. What we like about her writing is that she helps start the conversation about tough issues like war for young people without coddling them or dumbing it down, and that’s important. There’s an intelligence in her writing that we are certain will be there in her upcoming future project.

Sorry for the rhyming title guys
Twiffidy

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2 comments

  1. As part of my “prepare for Catching Fire” as encouraged by HG Fireside Chat, I read all of the Gregor the Overlander series. And while I enjoyed the story, I couldn’t help keeping an eye out for the ways in which it was similar or different to The Hunger Games. War theme is similar, as is the protagonist thrust into violence out of a choice to defend a younger sister. But I can also see how Suzanne Collins has grown as a writer: the depth, the poetic imagery, the type of voice it takes to have a realistic first person narrative. I am very excited to see where she.goes next!

  2. I’m excited to see what Suzanne Collins has in store for us with this next YA series. Of course, it might not be dystopia, which is my favorite genre because it explores so well what could happen if we continue to live the way we are, or take a wrong turn at some point. But what I love about her writing is exactly that, so I think whatever her subject might be, if it does have messages about politics, our existence, what we do with it, our choices, propaganda and all those themes she is so good at, I will enjoy it.

    On another note, I don’t know if you’ve read the series Unwind by Neal Shusterman (2 books out plus a short story with the last book to be released in the fall) but it gave me the same feelings as The Hungers Games or Divergent etc in the sense that it is an eerily plausible future and very thought-provoking. If you’re looking for something to read, I definitily recommend it 🙂

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