‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’, the new Hunger Games book written by Suzanne Collins, was a resounding success. November was dedicated to it and its film adaptation, two and a half hours spent in Panem in the company of the young not-yet-president Coriolanus Snow.
Is Coriolanus Snow a psychopath, a sociopath or something else?
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The dystopian world built by Suzanne Collins in The Hunger Games has captivated everyone, young and old. And the new film, starring Tom Blythe and Rachel Zegler, has only fuelled this obsession.
Now only one question is running through everyone’s mind,
Is Suzanne Collins writing a new Hunger Games Book?
There is no sure answer, the beloved writer has not yet spoken on this point. But if we really want to, we can get an idea for ourselves by following her interviews and those of the people around her.
In the meantime, it is important to understand that neither the book nor the new Hunger Games film are meant to entertain.
Let us not make the mistake of the Capitol of Panem and think that what is being shown to us has the sole purpose of entertaining us.
That is not at all the reason why Suzanne Collins writes her books.
Instead, the famous author is very interested in philosophical theories about human beings and loves to analyse why wars and revolutions happen. What is it in us that causes us to commit such violent and criminal acts?
“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” is a collection of theories on human nature by three prominent philosophers:
“The state of nature debate of the Enlightenment thinkers – Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau – addresses the human condition before we had societies or political associations. Your opinion on who we were in the state of nature defines the form of government you think we need.
During my work on the two series, I kept running into Thomas Hobbes, author of Leviathan, and his war “of every man, against every man.” He wrote that in the state of nature, life was “solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short” and that we require a common power, a sovereign or absolute political authority, to rule us. In return for protection, we agree to give our obedience.
John Locke had a gentler view of humanity. He wrote that “men living together according to reason . . . is properly the state of nature. But force . . . upon the person of another . . . is the state of war.” He’s very big on reason, which “teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions . . .”
“Jean-Jacques Rousseau thought that human beings in the state of nature were motivated by amour de soi, a naturally good form of self-love or self-preservation. When we entered society, amour de soi evolved into amour-propre, a destructive form of self-love that depends on the approval of other people and is associated with vanity, contempt, shame, and envy.”
– Suzanne Collins
In ‘The Ballad of the Songbirds and the Snakes’, various characters express these theories, and conversations about human nature are at the heart of the whole story.
Coriolanus Snow learns about all these opinions and, as the book progresses, we see him construct an idea of his own. If you want to read more, click here.
So we have seen how much importance Suzanne Collins gives to each of her books, and it is easy to see that she certainly does not write just for the money.
Not just her work, because her writing is much more than that. It is a way of talking to the younger generation about sincere but difficult issues, and she is really good at it.
So is Suzanne Collins going to write a new Hunger Games book?
According to some, yes.
Another book would be well received, so many fans would love to have more insight into the story and some of the characters. The Hunger Games of Haymitch, Finnick and Johanna are the most popular requests.
Others think it would be a bad idea.
The most controversial opinion, however, is that if Suzanne Collins were to write sequels or other prequels to The Hunger Games, it would only turn us into the Capitol itself. Voluntary bystanders to the cruelty of this world. The fear is that producing more Hunger Games would completely undo the meaning of the series and the way it reflects the society we live in.
According to Suzanne Collins instead?
It is not known. She has not said anything yet, as I said. But we do know now that whatever happens, if there is a new book in the Hunger Games saga, it won’t be for financial gain or to give the fans what they want. Suzanne writes for her own reasons and will continue to do so.
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