Turns out the ‘Hunger Games’ prequel is going to be about a young President Snow, and some fans are upset
An excerpt of the new novel, “A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” was released in Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday
“Hunger Games” fans got their first look at the series’ new prequel on Tuesday, and it’s already causing controversy, according to Time magazine.
An excerpt of “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” was published by Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday, and the newly-revealed main character is one that will be familiar to fans: Coriolanus Snow, dictator of Panem and villain of the “Hunger Games,” Time reported.
The story of the prequel is known to take place 64 years before the events of “The Hunger Games” during the “Dark Days” of Panem, according to BBC News.
At the time of the story, Snow is a student who is asked to be a “mentor” to one of the participants in that year’s Hunger Games: a competition in which teenagers are forced to fight to the death while the country watches, according to Time.
The girl that Snow must mentor turns out to be from District Twelve, where Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist of the “Hunger Games” trilogy, is from.
The official “Hunger Games” Twitter account introduced the young Snow as “your new hero,” and some fans have expressed their concern that the murderous dictator will become the protagonist, according to BBC.
Meet your new hero, Hunger Games fans. Read @EW’s exclusive first excerpt. https://t.co/qVY7LoOOjH— The Hunger Games 🔥 (@TheHungerGames) January 21, 2020
Some have made comparisons to concerns over last year’s “Joker” movie, with its “focus on celebrating and deepening audience empathy with a white male character who’s previously been established as the villain of a franchise,” according to Vox.
Many people expressed their opinions about the news on Twitter and social media.
“I’ve waited years and preordered the hunger games sequel,” one Twitter user wrote, “for it to be a president snow origin story ... about a rich white boy becoming an authoritarian who loves *checks notes* genocide?”
you mean .... to tell me .... I’ve waited years and preordered the hunger games sequel .... thinking it was abt mags ... for it to be a president snow origin story ... about a rich white boy becoming an authortarian who loves *checks notes* genocide? https://t.co/JgAf9jJxkz— Soraya Bouazzaoui (@halalltakeaway) January 21, 2020
Suzanne Collins really made us watch as president snow killed off some of our favourite characters in the hunger games series and expect me to now read the back story of a man who I'm glad is dead pic.twitter.com/7Ty2mxZhMJ— kemi (@iamkemix) January 21, 2020
Me finding out about the Hunger Games prequel vs me finding out it’s an evil white man’s origin story pic.twitter.com/Bb5WUBUK9o— Sofia Alvarado (@Sofiw26) January 22, 2020
Meanwhile, other Twitter users had thoughts about other characters that Collins could have used instead of a young President Snow.
how can you write a Hunger Games prequel about young President Snow in the year of our lord 2020 when Finnick and Annie's early love story is RIGHT THERE— Carly Lane-Perry (@carlylane) January 21, 2020
You had the chance to do a "What If Rue Had Won The 74th Hunger Games?" alternate universe book and you did a President Snow prequel. pic.twitter.com/kA3mIJxcct— rysenkari (@rysenkari) January 21, 2020
Characters from the hunger games I’d rather read a prequel about over president snow:— k 🐝 (@kristineholland) January 21, 2020
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“A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” will be published May 19.