Suzanne Collins (August 10, 1962 - ..)
Born: 10th August, 1962
Nationality: American
Profession/Occupation: Novelist
Region: Hartford, Connecticut, "Gregor the Overlander", "Hunger Games", "Year of the Jungle: Memories from the Home Front", "When Charlie McButton Lost Power"

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Suzanne Collins, (born August 10, 1962, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.), American author and screenwriter, best known for the immensely popular Hunger Games trilogy of young-adult novels (2008-10).

Collins was the youngest of four children. Because her father was a career officer in the U.S. Air Force, the family moved frequently, and she spent time in Indiana and Belgium before graduating from high school in Birmingham, Alabama. After studying theatre and telecommunications at Indiana University (B.A., 1985), Collins received an M.F.A. in dramatic writing from New York University (1989). In the 1990s she wrote primarily for television, first for the short-lived sitcom Hi Honey, I'm Home! and then for several youth-oriented series (such as Clarissa Explains It All) on the Nickelodeon network. She later served as head writer of the PBS animated children's show Clifford's Puppy Days.

While continuing to work in television, Collins conceived the children's novel Gregor the Overlander (2003), about an 11-year-old boy in New York City drawn into a fantastic subterranean world where humans coexist with giant anthropomorphic sewer dwellers such as rats and cockroaches. The book was commended for its vivid setting and sense of adventure, and four additional installments (2004-07) in what became known as the Underland Chronicles soon followed. Despite the series' intended audience, Collins--influenced by the lessons her father had taught her as a military historian and a Vietnam War veteran--straightforwardly introduced to its narrative such grim "adult" issues as genocide and biological warfare.

Brutal combat and its consequences were also central concerns of The Hunger Games (2008), a dystopian tale in which two dozen adolescents are compelled by a futuristic authoritarian state to fight to the death in a televised competition. Inspired equally by reality television and Classical mythology, the novel, aimed at teenage readers, attracted intense interest in the plight of its headstrong 16-year-old heroine, Katniss Everdeen. As Collins extended the narrative with Catching Fire (2009) and Mockingjay (2010), the series became a mainstay on best-seller lists, especially in the United States, and also caught on with adults, a development that provoked comparisons to the broadly popular Harry Potter and Twilight novels. Critics as well as fans admired Collins's ability to sustain a gripping plot, which was stimulated in part by an ongoing love triangle, while also engaging in a meaningful social critique of power and violence.

A film adaptation of The Hunger Games, for which Collins wrote much of the screenplay, enjoyed enormous commercial success upon its release in 2012. By that time more than 30 million copies of the trilogy were in print in the United States alone, and e-book sales were particularly robust. Adaptations of the remaining books appeared in 2013, 2014, and 2015; the third book was released in two parts. In addition, Collins was the author of the children's books When Charlie McButton Lost Power (2005) and Year of the Jungle: Memories from the Home Front (2013).

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Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he's also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building's fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol.
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It's amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers.
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Fully
Realized
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Suggested
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Through
The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It's such a pleasure to see how they've embodied the characters and brought them to life.
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I'm not a very fancy person. I've been a writer a long time, and right now 'The Hunger Games' is getting a lot of focus. It'll pass. The focus will be on something else. It'll shift. It always does. And that seems just fine.
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I don't write about adolescence. I write about war. For adolescents.
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Adolescence
Adolescent
I write
War
Write
If your parent is deployed and you are that young, you spend the whole time wondering where they are and waiting for them to come home. As time passes and the absence is longer and longer, you become more and more concerned - but you don't really have the words to express your concern. There's only this continued absence.
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I've just had the opportunity to see the finished film of 'The Hunger Games.' I'm really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another.
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The film opens up the world beyond Katniss' point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow's rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story.
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Garden
Happenings
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Hunger games
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Whenever I write a story, I hope it appeals to both boys and girls.
Appeals
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Boy
Boys and girls
Girl
Hope
I write
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Whenever
Write
One of the most memorable things I hear is when someone tells me that my books got a reluctant reader to read.
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Someone
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Things
Telling a story in a futuristic world gives you this freedom to explore things that bother you in contemporary times.
Bother
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Explore
Freedom
Futuristic
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Telling
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Times
World
You
Kids have so much screen time, and it's a concern. I know how overloaded I can feel sometimes.
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Overloaded
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Time
One of the reasons it's important for me to write about war is I really think that the concept of war, the specifics of war, the nature of war, the ethical ambiguities of war, are introduced too late to children. I think they can hear them, understand them, know about them, at a much younger age without being scared to death by the stories.
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Know
I think people respond to dystopian stories because they're ways of acting out anxieties that we have and fears that we have about the future. So much media's coming at you over the Internet, your brain gets overloaded. You don't know what to do with it. And one thing you can do with it is read a story.
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I think it's very uncomfortable for people to talk to children about war, and so they don't because it's easier not to. But then you have young people at eighteen who are enlisting in the army, and they really don't have the slightest idea what they're getting into.
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I think we put our children at an enormous disadvantage by not educating them in war, by not letting them understand about it at an early age.
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Children
Disadvantage
Early
Early age
Educating
Enormous
I think
Letting
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Them
Think
My father was career military. He was a veteran, he was a doctor of political science, he taught at West Point and Air Command Staff and lectured at the War College.
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If I took the 40 years of my dad talking to me about war and battles and taking me to battlefields and distilled it down into one question, it would probably be the idea of the necessary or unnecessary war.
About
Battles
Dad
Distilled
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Me
Necessary
Question
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Talking
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Unnecessary
War
'The Underland Chronicles' is an unnecessary war for a very long time until it becomes a necessary war, because there have been all these points where people could have gotten off the train but they didn't; they just kept moving the violence forward until it's gone out of control.
Because
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Gone
Gotten
Just
Kept
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Long time
Moving
Necessary
In 'The Hunger Games,' in most people's idea, in terms of rebellion or a civil-war situation, that would meet the criteria for a necessary war. These people are oppressed, their children are being taken off and put in gladiator games. They're impoverished, they're starving, they're brutalized.
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Gladiator
Hunger
Hunger games
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Impoverished
Meet
Most
Necessary
Off
Oppressed
I have a pretty big TV background, and I have clocked so many hours in so many writers' rooms over the years.
Background
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Rooms
Tv
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Years
Any time you read a book and get attached to the characters, to me it's always a shock when it goes from page to screen and it's not exactly what was in my head or what I was imagining it should be.
Always
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Attached
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Characters
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Exactly what
Get
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Imagining
Me
Page
Read
All the writing elements are the same. You need to tell a good story... You've got good characters... People think there's some dramatic difference between writing 'Little Bear' and the 'Hunger Games,' and as a writer, for me, there isn't.
Bear
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Good
Good story
Got
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Hunger games
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Me
In high school for a couple years we did archery.
Archery
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Couple years
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High school
School
Years
When I was young, I was trained in stage fighting and rapier and dagger for several years.
Dagger
Fighting
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Stage
Trained
Years
Young
I'm not comfortable around cameras.
Around
Cameras
Comfortable
I wrote 'The Hunger Games' in a chair, like a La-Z-Boy chair, next to my bed. I had an office, but my kids sort of took it over.
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Hunger games
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There's a basis for the war, historically, in the 'Hunger Games,' which would be the third servile war, which was Spartacus' war, where you have a man who is a slave who is then turned into a gladiator who broke out of the gladiator school and led a rebellion and then became the face of the war.
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Gladiator
Historically
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Hunger games
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School
'Lord of the Flies' is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager; I still read it every couple of years.
Big
Big influence
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Influence
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Years
I loved 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.' I read it later as an adult, but I loved 'We Have Always Lived in a Castle.' And that brings you around to 'The Lottery.' You can't pretend - it's a lottery in which you draw a name and people die. That's a short story, but it's such an incredible short story.
Adult
Always
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Castle
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Draw
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Later
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Lottery
Loved
My mother tried really hard to protect us, but occasionally, after afternoon cartoons of whatever was on... the nightly news would come on, and I'd see footage from the war zone, and I would hear the word 'Vietnam,' and I would know my dad was over there, and it was a very frightening experience for me.
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I sort of half read Thomas Hardy's 'The Mayor of Casterbridge.' It was assigned in 10th grade, and I just couldn't get into it. About seven years later, I rediscovered Hardy and consumed four of his novels in a row.
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Assigned
Consumed
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Get
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Half
Hardy
His
Just
Later
Mayor
Novels
Read
Katniss Everdeen owes her last name to Bathsheba Everdene, the lead character in 'Far From the Madding Crowd.' The two are very different, but both struggle with knowing their hearts.
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Far
Hearts
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Knowing
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Lead character
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I try to catch flies in cups and put them outside. After I wrote 'The Underland Chronicles'... well, once you start naming cockroaches, you lose your edge.
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Cockroaches
Cups
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Start
Them
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It's embarrassing to admit how many times I've reread the following: 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,' '1984,' 'Lord of the Flies,' 'The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,' 'Germinal,' 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle,' and 'A Moveable Feast.'
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Always
Brooklyn
Castle
Embarrassing
Feast
Flies
Following
Grows
Heart
How
How many times
Hunter
Lived
I'm thrilled with the work Tim Palen and his marketing team have done on the film. It's appropriately disturbing and thought-provoking how the campaign promotes 'Catching Fire' while simultaneously promoting the Capitol's punitive forms of entertainment.
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Both the 'Gregor' series and 'The Hunger Games' are what I call lightning-bolt ideas. There was a moment where the idea came to me. With 'The Hunger Games,' the lightning bolt sort of hit at a moment when I was channel surfing between reality TV and the coverage of the Iraq war.
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Hunger games
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Ideas
Iraq
If I have to pick one story that most influenced 'The Hunger Games,' it would be the Greek myth of Theseus, which I read when I was about 8 years old. In punishment for past deeds, Athens periodically had to send seven youths and seven maidens to a labyrinth. In the maze was this Minotaur, and it would eat them.
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Deeds
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Games
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Hunger games
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Labyrinth
Maze
Most
Myth
I started as a playwright. Any sort of scriptwriting you do helps you hone your story. You have the same demands of creating a plot, developing relatable characters and keeping your audience invested in your story. My books are basically structured like three-act plays.
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Like
Plays
When I got out of undergrad, I had a degree in theater and telecommunications. My first job, I was a news reporter for the local stories for NPR. Then I was a country-western DJ. I did data entry for a yearbook company. In my mid-20s I went back to grad school at NYU, and I specialized in playwriting.
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