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‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ Prequel of ‘Hunger Games’ Sold 500,000 Copies in its First Week

‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ Prequel of ‘Hunger Games’ Sold 500,000 Copies in its First Week

  • The 'Hunger Games' prequel which tells the story of President Snow as he becomes the tyrant president has sold over 500,000 copies since its release.
'The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes' Prequel of 'Hunger Games' Sold 500,000 Copies in its First Week

Suzanne Collins‘ prequel to the successful Hunger Game series, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes has sold over 500,000 copies in its first week of release.

The impressive sales come as many physical bookstores across the U.S. are closed or limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount of sales includes print, e-books, and audiobooks, according to Collins’ publisher, Scholastic. 

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes centers around Coriolanus Snow before he becomes the tyrant president of Panem. Readers will get to known Snow, whose family lost their wealth, and had to volunteer as a mentor in the 10th Hunger Games and gets paired with a tribute named Lucy Gray from District 12, which begins his disdain for the Districts and thirst for power.

“Focusing on the 10th Hunger Games also gave me the opportunity to tell Lucy Gray’s story. In the first chapter of The Hunger Games, I make reference to a fourth District 12 victor. Katniss doesn’t seem to know anything about the person worth mentioning. While her story isn’t well-known, Lucy Gray lives on in a significant way through her music, helping to bring down Snow in the trilogy. Imagine his reaction when Katniss starts singing “Deep in the Meadow” to Rue in the arena. Beyond that, Lucy Gray’s legacy is that she introduced entertainment to the Hunger Games,” said Collins in a release.

The Hunger Games book series and film franchise follows Katniss Everdeen who sets off a rebellion in the Districts to rid themselves of Snow’s control.

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and the film franchise raked in over a billion dollars. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes also earned higher release numbers compared to the trilogy’s final installment Mockingjay which earned 450,000 in its first week.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is already being developed into a movie with director Francis Lawrence, who directed Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part 1, and Mockingjay Part 2.

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