Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games prequel is not even out yet, and fans are already calling for a rewrite. Twitter erupted when an exclusive excerpt revealed that The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes will focus on a young Coriolanus Snow, aka the fascist villain of the series, and it casts him as a charming hero. Gross! The votes are in on social media: There are so many other characters that Hunger Games fans would rather learn more about than a hot young President Snow.
In the book excerpt, young Snow is assigned to mentor the female tribute from District 12. Sound familiar? Is this supposed to deepen or reveal a hidden meaning behind his obsession with Katniss in the original trilogy? I'm pretty sure I got it the first time around. He was a dictator, she was a rebel...can I make it any more obvious? Please, please tell me Snow didn't have an unrequited crush on this D12 tribute back in the day. I truly couldn't handle it if another villain origin story boiled down to some girl rejecting some guy, causing him to go nuts—I'm scared enough of men who do this IRL.
Here's how Hunger Games fans reacted. Spoiler alert: They're pissed, and rightfully so.
Basically, it feels like we all got played. We knew the prequel was going to be set 64 years before Katniss volunteered as tribute...but for some reason, I assumed it would be about entirely new characters, not an attempt to humanize the bad guy.
As for who fans think Collins should write a prequel about instead of President Snow, there's one character who Twitter almost unanimously decided should have been the protagonist. I'm honestly thrilled that they all found each other in light of this disappointing news.
Like, hello?! Just give us a Finnick and Annie prequel, please! The fan favorites have so much untold history. Plus, if the Hunger Games prequel has to have a male protagonist, can't it be somebody actually attractive and actually charming...who we actually like?
Seriously, there are so many other options. Another popular choice, on Twitter at least, is Haymitch. That grumpy drunk definitely has a story to tell. Guess we'll just never know!
While one of my hot takes is that The Hunger Games movies are not-so-secretly better than the books, I do actually trust Collins in the long run. There's hope yet for this prequel. It's entirely possible that The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes will end up being some brilliant takedown of privilege and toxic masculinity and not the next Joker.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.