It 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.
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