Snow Shouldn’t Always Land on Top

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It has recently come to my attention that there are lots of people who find the casting for the new The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes film coming out in November to be quite attractive. One character has specifically caught the eye of many avid Hunger Games fans out there, and that character is none other than President Snow himself. In The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, President Snow is called Coriolanus Snow since this book takes place many years before the original trilogy and Snow rises to power. Because of this, many people have taken to TikTok and Twitter to reveal that they find Snow’s character quite attractive and have to keep reminding themselves of all the terrible things he’s done. To say I was surprised would be an understatement.

While reading the book, I found myself eye-rolling at every possible ‘swoon-worthy’ moment Snow tried to pull on us, feeling no pity for his mishaps. Of course, knowing that this character would eventually become someone I so deeply despised really made me retract from him every time he spoke. I didn’t need to remind myself of all the terrible things he had done because they never left my mind. Snow had tortured, abused, and killed some of my all-time favorite and beloved characters, and because of that, he doesn’t get redemption just because he says some cute things and suddenly has a pretty face. 

It’s crazy to me that people on booktok are suddenly giggling and twirling their hair at the sight of this character that is meant to be so deeply despised. And while, yes, he is just a fictional character in a fictional world, The Hunger Games series was created as a way to express where Suzanne Collins thought the world was going. She didn’t create The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes for fun or to get some more money; she wrote it to express a certain point about tyrants and how they think, which is evident in the book’s storyline. There is quite literally nothing attractive about Snow in this book. Not his looks, not his personality, and definitely not his attitude. He walks through life as a narcissist who thinks his district tribute should be his, and only his, and he states that multiple times throughout the novel. The book exemplifies his arrogance and narcissism; there’s not one thing Snow does without thinking about how it affects him. Liking the actor is a totally different scenario, but people on TikTok are saying they have to remind themselves of all the horrific things the character did to avoid attraction to him. If you need to be reminded of all the horrendous things he’s done because you’re attracted to his character, then I think it’s safe to say you missed the point of the original trilogy. 

I mean, c’mon people… did we read the same books?  

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