I’ll be the first to admit that I’m complete trash for The Hunger Games. I’ve read the original trilogy several times I adore the movies as well.
When I first heard that Suzanne Collins would be releasing a prequel to the series I was a bit taken aback. Like, why can’t we just let good things die? I feel like we’re constantly trying to squeeze as much life out of everything as possible and often times it goes too far.
Nevertheless, I was ridiculously excited when I found out that the cover and title would soon be revealed. A little too excited you might say since I was a day early and frantically searched every corner of the internet for thirty minutes before realizing I had the wrong date.
Turns out I wasn’t the only excited Hunger Games fanatic that had the wrong day so I feel like they should have just released it early and given the people what they want. But they didn’t so I reluctantly waited another 24 hours until FINALLY THE TITLE AND COVER WERE REVEALED!
But, ya’ll…. What is this monstrosity???
It’s finally here and I can’t pretend to be excited because it’s actually a giant ugly trash fire.
I have spent all day looking at this cover and trying to think of something positive to say about it and I can’t come up with anything. It’s just bad.
WHAT IS EVEN GOING ON WITH THAT BIRD?! HIS HEAD IS ON BACKWARDS. SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP HIM.
And if you want to make the base color green that’s fine. Black, red, and blue are obviously already taken – but why did you do a giant weird pulsating bullseye thing instead of a solid background color like the rest of the series?
The groundwork was already laid out for you! All you had to do was make the cover green and then add your weird exorcist bird, branch, snake emblem thing to it.
AND WE HAVEN’T EVEN TALKED ABOUT THE TITLE YET.
It feels like the most random title I’ve ever heard of? Maybe it will make more sense after I read the book but honestly at this point I don’t want it to become clear. Just give me something a little catchier that I don’t feel ridiculous saying.
Again, let’s reference the original trilogy – all of the titles are short. This isn’t the time to try and get fancy on us. You’ve already built your brand – stick with it.
The entire thing feels like something I could have made in my computer’s native paint program. And that’s, um, not a good thing.
At the end of the day though I can’t act like I’m not going to be waiting outside my local bookstore the day this is released and make a mad rush as soon as they open to doors to buy a copy. I’m Katniss Everdeen trash and not even a horrible cover and silly title will keep me away from Panem.
What do you think of the cover and title? Do you love it, hate it, feel indifferent? Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts and opinions with me! I actually hope you like what you see because I don’t want anybody else to be going through the amount of disappointment I’m feeling.