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The new ‘Hunger Games’ book paints President Snow as a hero—and people are not happy

The odds are not in the prequel's favor.


Brooke Sjoberg

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 21, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 5:19 pm CDT

Fans of the Hunger Games felt a roller coaster of emotions on Tuesday when an exclusive excerpt from the upcoming prequel was debuted by Entertainment Weekly.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which is set 64 years before the first Hunger Games novel, features Coriolanus Snow as a young man. According to Entertainment Weekly, the young President Snow may even be portrayed as a hero, a deviation from the Snow portrayed in the original Hunger Games trilogy and their on-screen counterparts.

I’m so disappointed in the premise of the new #HungerGames book…protagonist President Snow,” Twitter user @arsamandica wrote. “I read the excerpt and I hope there’s more to it than that, but I’m tempted to cancel my preorder and use the Audible credit on a Witcher audiobook instead.”

Others are not as hopeful and believe there were much better characters to base the story around, such as Katniss Everdeen’s stylist Cinna.

“’Fuck all the characters of colors, let’s write about the evil white dude,'” Twitter user @fangirlJeanne sarcastically wrote.

Twitter user @cassiansnesta posted Keke Palmer’s “Sorry to This Man” meme to properly convey their disgust.

“You’re telling me I waited YEARS for a new hunger games book just for it to be a president snow origin story,” cassiansnesta wrote. The last Hunger Games book to be released was Mockingjay in 2010.

One user wrote that this may not be the right time to redeem a character like Snow, who, as an adult, is the authoritarian president of Panem.

“Imagine looking at the times we’re in now and thinking what’s needed is another tale about how a seemingly-nice privileged white boy grows into a genocidal leader,” Twitter user @GeekMelange wrote. “As if we don’t already know how this happens. As if marginalized people haven’t yelled forever why this happens.”

While some fans haven’t entirely written the prequel off, the odds are definitely not in its favor.


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*First Published: Jan 21, 2020, 9:03 pm CST