Before the Music Dies: An Unsung Song is a Fanfiction written by the author Lavender Flame, based on the young adult trilogy The Hunger Games.The four-hundred fifth Hunger Games come rolling around, and this time, everyone is in for a surprise: the Quarter Quell has come twenty years early, as a reminder to the rebels that false preparation was their downfall. To be released from the arena, the final tribute must be in possession of five special objects hidden throughout the arena. Soon secrets begin to unravel and a dangerous enemy is revealed, leaving plenty of material for the two sequels to cover.The story can be found here. Its sequel, A New Tune, can be found here. The third book of the series, One Last Melody, is in the works, along with a potential second series.Several companion fics also exist: Memories of Yesterday, Dreams of Tomorrow, a collection of prequel one-shots written by various authors; Another Song Will Rise, a collection of AU one-shots about various relationships between tributes; "Special", written by Amata le Fay and part of the AUS one-shot contest; "Once There Was a Child", written by jumpsinpuddles for the oneshot-contest; "As I Hear the Cannons Fire", by rainbowfreak37, also for the one-shot contest; To Describe a Gamemaker, a multichapter about the Gamemakers; "iridescent", a one-shot for the prompt "inescapable", also featuring the Gamemakers; "Alive and Together" focuses on Belle a few months before the beginning of A New Tune. The first official companion to A New Tune, The Place of White and Gold, focuses around District Fourteen plus their side of the war, and can be found here. "All Charm" focuses on Sassy's Games and can be found here. A companion to The Place of White and Gold entitled "Case 039 :: Felicity's Lullaby" can be found here, and its one-shot prequel, "the storm, the whirlwind, & the earthquake", can be found here. A oneshot companion showing the Capitol's media reaction to the four-hundred sixth bloodbath is called #Bloodbath, and is available on the website, and can be found here.The whole saga is collectively known as the Before the Music Dies Legacy, and its website can be found here.
"In my life, I'd lost my whole family, survived an epidemic, lived in the slums of District Six, gotten reaped for the Hunger Games, killed two people, and ran straight into the Careers' camp. But never, never had I been attacked by a swarm of angry, rabid birds. That, right there, crossed the line."
Beautiful Dreamer: Chenille watches Fabian sleep by the fire. She notes how it "makes his skin and hair glow".
Better as Friends: Fabian and Devena, although they don't manage to keep it up very long.
Big Brother Instinct: A lot. AUS tributes Fabian for Shade, Marco for Fade, Namitha for Nellie. A non-sibling example, Lina for Cala. ANT tributes Evander for Aurelia, Cama for any of her younger family members, and Troy for Lena (and his friends).
Out of the Gamemakers, virtually any of them towards Kaye, though Thespian is a notable example.
In The Place of White and Gold, Justice for Felicity, non-sibling.
Bury Your Disabled: The autistic District Twelve tribute, Mist, who dies in the bloodbath. Also, Cala. In ANT, Airah, who was terminally ill, Tam, who was paraplegic, Zattiana, who was bipolar, and Quinn, who had an Ambiguous Disorder.
Evil Gloating: In The Place of White and Gold, Licinius plans on doing more of this, but still gets some in.
Eye Scream: Andy's eye is taken out by a cactus needle in ANT.
Fake Ultimate Hero: Played with in The Place of White and Gold. In the Headquarters fire plot, Deneb is set up by Hale to be the hero, rushing into a burning building to save Jack, the Minister. However, he's actually trying to kill Jack. But, Jack is actually an antagonist, which makes Deneb still the hero.
Good Is Not Nice: Marco's motivation for volunteering may be securing a better life for his Annoying Younger Sibling, Fade, but that doesn't mean he can't be a jerk to everyone else (and occasionally even her).
Gray Eyes: Describes Lina (and several other people from District Twelve). Also Link, and possibly Gavin. Plus the "A New Tune" tributes Delora, Jessalyn, Belle, and Gunner.
"Someone tapped a microphone, the sound coming through speakers somewhere I couldn’t see. '—Ah, hello? Is this on?' There was more tapping on the microphone, and then it stopped, replaced by nervous laughter. 'Yes. Ah, all right.'"
La Résistance: District Fourteen is an unusual deconstruction. While they do fight the Capitol, their true motives are ambiguous at best.
Leitmotif: "One Last Melody" (sung by Kizzy to get out of the toucan attack), "Another Song Will Rise" (sung by the Career pack before the Games), the anthem of Panem, and this mysterious song that keeps appearing in the arena.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Twenty-four tributes per installment, their mentors, escorts, stylists, and prep teams. The Gamemakers and President Paylor, plus the Place of White and Gold cast. And all their families and friends. Oh, and don't forget about-
"Outside of this room, no one can ever matter, and no one can know who we really are. We are the Gamemakers, the ones who have only each other. Like a really, really crazy family―talk about dysfunctional."
Lottery Of Doom: The Reapings. Although they're becoming less and less of an honest "lottery".
MacGuffin: The books. Justified, as they need to have them in order to escape the arena.
Subverted later, as they provide critical information about District Fourteen.
Meganekko: Callia, who is described as a beauty but is also quietly studious and wears glasses, seems to be one.
The Mole: D3 Victor Trey and tribute Saber, who actually work for District Fourteen.
Parental Neglect: A lot of examples, alongside Abusive Parents. Not to mention that all of the tributes' parents are pretty okay with their children being put in a game of murder. Several of the Gamemakers have this in their backstory as well.
Perfectly Cromulent Word: Marco uses "Capitolness", and immediately states that he knows that's not a word and doesn't care.
Phobia: Tons of them in the arena. Almost all of the tributes are scared of both dying (in general), being all alone, and losing the people they care about though these fears happen to most of them.
Chenille is scared of climbing/heights, although there are three different times she has to climb—(before the Reaping, in training, and up the cliff in the arena).
Samantha is terribly afraid of being betrayed by her allies, which also happens.
Ionia is terrified of the wind, as she blames it for her father's death in a boating accident.
Tal is extremely frightened by mutts, as he's heard too many horror stories about them, coming from District Five.
It's never really stated, but Kizzy did seem to be quite scared by the toucan muttations.
Kildaire stopped talking because, in her memory, she was almost crushed by a falling tree. Some believe she was "scared silent".
Kyler's greatest fear is becoming someone he's not. He feels he's failed this after he "lets" Kildaire die. Ironically, he felt no guilt for killing Tal and attempting to take on the Careers, as both were in a situation to defend his allies, Charity and Kildaire.
Cala seems to have many vague fears, as she's frequently confused by reality.
Ondrew is claustrophobic, and, like Chenille, has a fear of heights.
Namitha is scared of spiders, but her worst fear is dying alone. Hence the shut-down when all of her allies die.
Lina is most afraid of rejection.
Another case of too many to name. But several ANT tributes have phobias of their own.
Plot Driving Secret: Essentially the existence of District Fourteen, and everything that goes along with it.
The Antagonist: During the actual Games, either the Gamemakers or the Careers. And in a larger sense, the Capitol and District Fourteen are each antagonists in the perspective of the other.
The Chase: The Games are all about the tributes chasing each other.
The Cuckoolander Was Right: Cala, who remembered how to get out of Section Four. It seems she also might've known something about the song that no one seems to really know, but keeps appearing in the arena.