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Hungry for More 'Hunger Games?' Prequel in Progress

渴望更多的《饥饿游戏》?前传提上进程

Ten years after finishing The Hunger Games book series, American writer Suzanne Collins is returning readers to Panem.

在完成《饥饿游戏》系列书籍十年后,美国作家苏珊·柯林斯让读者再次回到了帕纳姆国。

A prequel, set 64 years before the beginning of her best-selling trilogy, is expected next year.

前传的故事背景设定在她最畅销的三部曲开始的64年前。它预计在明年与读者见面。

The book, currently unnamed, is planned for release on May 19, 2020.

这本尚未命名的书计划于2020年五月19日发行。

Collins said in a statement that she would go back to the years following the so-called "Dark Days" -- the failed rebellion in Panem. Collins set the Hunger Games books in a dark future world where young people must fight and kill each other -- on live television.

柯林斯在一次声明中表示她将回到被称为“黑暗时期”之后那几年。帕纳姆国叛乱的失败被称为黑暗时期。柯林斯将《饥饿游戏》系列书籍的背景设定在一个黑暗的未来世界中,在那里年轻人必须在电视直播中相互战斗和杀戮。

"With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival," she said. She said the rebuilding period that would follow the rebellion “provides fertile ground” for characters to explore these questions and “define their views of humanity."

“在这本书中,我想探索自然的状态,我们是谁,以及我们觉察到的什么事物是我们生存所需要的,”她表示。她说叛乱之后的重建时期为人物探索这些问题和“定义他们的人性观”“提供了肥沃的土壤”。

The storyline takes place long before the lifetime of The Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence in the billion-dollar movie series.

这本书的故事情节发生在《饥饿游戏》的女主人公凯特尼斯·伊夫狄恩生活时期很久之前。女主人公由詹妮弗·劳伦斯在揽获十亿美元的同名系列电影中扮演。

Ellie Berger is the president of Scholastic Trade Publishing. She praised Collins in a statement as a “master” at storytelling, world building and social commentary.

埃莉·伯杰是学术交易出版社的总裁。她在一次声明中赞扬柯林斯为讲述故事、构建世界和社会评论的“大师”

Berger said the company was “thrilled” to publish the book for loyal fans as well as readers new to the series.

伯杰表示这家公司能够为系列书籍的忠实粉丝和新读者发行这本书感到很兴奋。

Lionsgate released the four Hunger Games movies. In a recent statement to The Associated Press, Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake said, “As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”

狮门娱乐发行了《饥饿游戏》的四部电影。在近期对美联社的一次声明中,狮门娱乐的董事长乔德·雷克表示,“作为《饥饿游戏》系列电影的得意之家,我们迫不及待地期待苏珊下一部书的发行。在苏珊的创作过程中我们一直与她沟通并且我们希望继续在电影上与其紧密合作。”

Lionsgate did not immediately answer when asked if an agreement for film rights had already been reached.

当被问到是否已经达成电影主权的相关协议,狮门娱乐并没有及时作出回答。

The first three Hunger Games books — The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay — have sold more than 100 million copies. The books have been published in more than 50 languages. The series has been credited with launching a wave of dystopian books for young people.

起初的《饥饿游戏》三本书《饥饿游戏》、《燃烧的女孩》、《嘲笑鸟》已经销售了1亿多本。这些书以50多种语言发行。这些书的功绩在于在年轻人中掀起了反乌托邦书籍的浪潮。

Collins thinks this is a good thing.

柯林斯认为只是一件好事。

"Dystopian stories are places where you can play out the scenarios in your head -your anxieties-and see what might come of them," she said.

她说:“反乌托邦式的故事是你可以在脑海中展开剧情梗概的地方,你很焦虑,并看看他们身上会发生什么。”

"And," she added, "hopefully, as a young person, with the possibilities of the future waiting for you, you're thinking about how to head these things off."

“并且”她补充道,“作为一个年轻人对等待你的未来的可能性充满了希望,你正在思考如何阻止这些事情发生。”

I’m Caty Weaver.

凯蒂·韦弗为您报道。

Hungry for More 'Hunger Games?' Prequel in Progress

Ten years after finishing The Hunger Games book series, American writer Suzanne Collins is returning readers to Panem.

A prequel, set 64 years before the beginning of her best-selling trilogy, is expected next year.

The book, currently unnamed, is planned for release on May 19, 2020.

Collins said in a statement that she would go back to the years following the so-called "Dark Days" -- the failed rebellion in Panem. Collins set the Hunger Games books in a dark future world where young people must fight and kill each other -- on live television.

"With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival," she said. She said the rebuilding period that would follow the rebellion “provides fertile ground” for characters to explore these questions and “define their views of humanity."

The storyline takes place long before the lifetime of The Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence in the billion-dollar movie series.

Ellie Berger is the president of Scholastic Trade Publishing. She praised Collins in a statement as a “master” at storytelling, world building and social commentary.

Berger said the company was “thrilled” to publish the book for loyal fans as well as readers new to the series.

Lionsgate released the four Hunger Games movies. In a recent statement to The Associated Press, Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake said, “As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”

Lionsgate did not immediately answer when asked if an agreement for film rights had already been reached.

The first three Hunger Games books — The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay — have sold more than 100 million copies. The books have been published in more than 50 languages. The series has been credited with launching a wave of dystopian books for young people.

Collins thinks this is a good thing.

"Dystopian stories are places where you can play out the scenarios in your head -your anxieties-and see what might come of them," she said.

"And," she added, "hopefully, as a young person, with the possibilities of the future waiting for you, you're thinking about how to head these things off."

I’m Caty Weaver.

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Words in This Story

prequel - n. a movie, book, etc., that tells the part of a story that happened before the story in another movie, book, etc.​

trilogy - n. a series of three novels, movies, etc., that are closely related and involve the same characters or themes​

perceive - v. to attain awareness or understanding of​

character - n. a person in a story, play or movie

view - n. an opinion or way of thinking about something​

master - n. an artist, performer, or player of top skill​

dystopian - adj. of or relating to an imaginary place where people are unhappy and usually afraid because they are not treated fairly

scenario - n. a description of what could possibly happen​

anxiety - n. fear or nervousness about what might happen​


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