On August 24, 2010 a very big day will be upon us. And if you do not know what I am talking about, you probably aren’t following all that closely the work of Suzanne Collins.
That’s right, MOCKINGJAY comes out. And there is a pent up hunger in the air.
What makes this so interesting to me is that Suzanne Collins just wrote an open letter to her fans (and the web in general).
I can’t tell you how excited I am for the release of Mockingjay on August 24th, and how grateful I am for all the anticipation that’s been expressed in advance of the release date. One of the most important things to me is that everyone in the world is going to be able to experience the final book of The Hunger Games all at the same time, and be able to discover what happens in the book without hearing about it elsewhere first. Word will certainly travel fast, but I urge you – before or immediately after August 24th – to please respect the other Hunger Games fans worldwide and avoid sharing any spoilers, so that the conclusion of Katniss’s story can unfold for each reader the way it was meant to unfold.
I am eagerly looking forward to August 24th and the entrance of Mockingjay in the world. Then (and only then) let the conversations begin!
Amazing how times have changed in the world of books. Within hours of the book hitting the shelves, we all know that the entire plot might be revealed – or worse, spoiled.
And spoilers stink.
In this mad rush to be a part of the conversation we are now at risk of ruining the reason for the conversation in the first place by revealing the key moments of the story.
But how do avid fans talk about the book without talking about the book? Are they supposed to be cryptic? Are they supposed to be silent? Are they supposed to be anything at all?
If there is one thing about the web (this comes from something Jim Burke told me) it’s that the internet is going to be what it wants to be and you can’t control what it becomes.
Ms. Collins, I hope you are not crestfallen on August 25th. However, while your letter was nice, I do think the spoilers will be all over the web.
Simply because they just can’t help themselves.
The web keeps changing and changing and changing the world of books, doesn’t it?