Oh, publishers. Oh, film industry. You and your incessant need to market the mess out of something I love, leaving me filled with dread that this film will inevitably be merchandised into an oblivion. I leave the country for 10 measly days, road trip a couple more and this is what I come back to?
Now, you may be thinking, What’s the big deal? At least there isn’t a sad girl in a pretty dress or a constipated/emo face on the cover! Au contraire. I’M NOT DONE.
I expect this kind of stuff from, y’know, Transformers or something. Not that I’m knocking Transformers (I LOVE YOU, OPTIMUS). Because Transformers and the cover for this movie companion certainly have one important thing in common — they all look like robots. The longer I stare at Gale, Katniss & Peeta as a group, the more I think, Oh my gosh they all look EXACTLY the same. Droids, I tell you.
And you know my stance about people in general on covers. That’s not exactly news. What’s a bit frustrating is that movie tie-in books are rarely appealing. I much prefer the original covers, save for the Mockingjay artwork. The film as a whole has already rebranded itself with the mockingjay-on-fire pin and its stony-staring cyborgs.
Okay, maybe I lied a little. There are some movie tie-in books that just knock it out of the park:
The paperback movie tie-in pays homage to its original and striking hardcover artwork, no? So it can be done. I just have no idea whose crazypants idea it was to make THG’s tie-in look like…that.