TYMNHS: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

For this edition of Things You Might Not Have Seen, I talk about the book Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. This book is the prequel to the famous Hunger Games series.

The book is from Coriolanus Snow’s Point of view. I chose to highlight this book because of this reason. Snow is an antagonist who doesn’t think he is one. It is a tricky perspective to convey, I know because I faced the same situation in my Novella, Divine Error. Damon is an Angel who doesn’t fit in Heaven.

As a writer, I had a lot of fun writing Damon. I am sure that Suzanne Collins did as well writing about Snow, judging by the hefty length of the novel. I breezed through her book, despite the 700 or so pages.

In terms of comparing to Hunger games, this is a different novel. The novel outcomes are different. Snow gets away with murders in this one and faces no punishment. Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes sets the tone for the franchise.

None of the other characters were as memorable as Katniss and Peeta. Lucy Gray and Sejanus felt like a bland, meeker version of Katniss and Peeta. Perhaps that was the point of the book. It was meant to focus on Snow.

We were already invested in Snow because we knew what his role was later in the series. In this novel, he was interesting because he was vulnerable and morally gray. He was not the polished villain of Hunger games.

I hope that you liked today’s blog post. If you are interested in checking out another book with a villainy perspective, Divine Error is now available worldwide at books2read.com/Divine-Error

Thank you for reading! 😊

Published by Aisha Urooj

I live in Toronto, Ontario. I love living in my multicultural city. My hobbies include writing, reading, painting and photography. I adore classic books and hope to someday emulate the books that I love and cherish.

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