MOCKINGJAY Leak Causes Outrage

Andrew Sims' twitpic of Mockingjay

Mockingjay, the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy, won’t be released until August 24th, and Scholastic has the book under a strict embargo until then. That means no one is supposed to see the book—not the media, not bookstore employees, no one—until the 24th. Well, somehow Andrew Sims, administrator of the popular Harry Potter fansite, got his hands on a copy. He tweeted a picture of Mockingjay and said, “Thanks to a very kind friend, I’m about to start Mockingjay. Join me on my red eye flight to read along.”

Scholastic denies giving Sims a copy. They told The Hunger Games Examiner: “We are not releasing copies in advance of 8/24/10,” said Sheila Marie Everett, Collins’ publicist at Scholastic. “Scholastic did not provide this person with a copy of Mockingjay. In fact, I haven’t even read it yet!”

Since news of the leak came shortly after author Suzanne Collins asked fans to avoid giving away any Mockingjay spoilers, Hunger Games fans are outraged that not only did Sims get an early copy, he bragged about it on Twitter. I can’t even quote some of the fan reaction I’ve seen on blogs and Twitter because of all the profanity. One site that I can quote is The Mystical Lit Lounge, who calls Sims a “cheater cheater pumpkin eater” and urges fans to go to give him a piece of their mind.

For his part, Sims has said on Twitter that he didn’t expect to get such a reaction. He tweeted: “re: not expecting the reaction: there’s a difference between a book with 800k copies vs one (hp) with 400 million.” I think he just insinuated that because the Hunger Games series hasn’t sold as many books as Harry Potter, he didn’t think anyone would care. Ouch! While I find his sentiments condescending to Hunger Games fans, I don’t think we have to worry about him leaking spoilers. I think he’ll probably keep quiet about Mockingjay from now until August 24th.

So what do you think about Sims getting an early copy? Are fans overreacting? Share your thoughts in the comments!

UPDATE 8/22: I’ve noticed a disturbing amount of people on Twitter saying that they are currently reading Mockingjay, so we’re going to temporarily disable commenting on this post to avoid any potential spoilers. I think I’m also going to avoid Twitter from now until I’ve finished the book too.

We plan to restore commenting on Friday. I hope everyone enjoys Mockingjay!

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