The Hunger Games has a new look. Scholastic has put together The Hunger Games Collector’s Edition, featuring new and improved cover art.
The original book used the Mockingjay pin as its central focus, and the other books in the series followed suit. The new version still features a mockingjay, minus the pin. As we Hunger Games readers know, the mockingjay has much more meaning to the series than just being a pin.
In this Entertainment Weekly article, Scholastic editorial director David Levithan explains how the new mockup came to be:
“Amazingly, we chose the mockingjay image for the first book before we knew how crucial it would be in the trilogy, and we concepted the cover directions for Catching Fire and Mockingjay before we’d read a word of either book.” He adds, “Now we have the opportunity to go back and create new icons for each book.”
Levithan adds that the pinless mockingjay teases the significant role of the bird in the series.
So is the new cover better or worse?