Suzanne Collins: Readers Hunger for More!
Suzanne Marie Collins was born in Hartford, Connecticut on August 10th, 1962. She is best known for having written The Hunger Games trilogy. The Hunger Games has also been made into a movie. Suzanne is married to actor Cap Pryor and has two children together.
In 1985 Suzanne graduated in a double major of theater and telecommunications at Indiana University. She then went on to do a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University. Suzanne’s writing career started out as a scriptwriter for televisions shows. Some of these shows were: Clarissa Explains It All, Little Bear, Oswald and the Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. It wasn’t until she met children’s author James Proimos that she decided to try writing children’s books herself.
In 2003 Suzanne published her first book in The Underland Chronicles called Gregor the Overlander. These books are what first brought her to the attention of many readers. In 2008 Suzanne’s first book of The Hunger Games trilogy was released. Since then readers have not been able to get enough of her books.
Here are some interesting facts that you might not have known:
Suzanne is the best selling kindle author in history so far.
Channel-surfing between reality television shows like Survivor and news coverage of the Iraq war gave Suzanne the inspiration for The Hunger Games.
Because of her screenwriting background Suzanne finds dialogue easier to write than descriptive passages.
Suzanne has a lot of family that has been in war. Her father was in the Vietnam War, her grandfather was gassed in World War I and her uncle was injured in World War II.
Some reviewers have compared The Hunger Games to a Japanese novel called Battle Royale saying that it is very similar.
She usually writes for 3 to 5 hours a day, stopping in the early afternoon.
Stephen King read The Hunger Games and has called the book addictive. He also compared the book to “…shoot-it-if-it-moves video games in the lobby of the local eightplex; you know it’s not real, but you keep plugging in quarters anyway.”
Suzanne Collins was 38 when she began to write Gregor the Overlander.
The Hunger Games was at first 50 000 words and then was pushed up to 200 000 words. It has also been translated into 26 different languages.
She was named by Time Magazine as being one of the most influential people of 2010.
The American Library Association ranked The Hunger Games at the 5th most banned book in 2010 due to its violence and sexually inappropriate content.
Allegedly Suzanne is extremely afraid of rats.
Suzanne got the name ‘Katniss’ for the main character in The Hunger Games from a plant. The plant is an aquatic plant. In Latin this plant means ‘belonging to an arrow.’
Scenes from The Hunger games movie: District 12, the Capitol, and the arena were all shot in North Carolina.
Here are some of Suzanne Collins other books to check out:
The Underland Chronicles
Gregor the Overlander Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods Gregor and the Marks of Secret
Gregor and the Code of Claw
The Hunger Games Trilogy
The Hunger Games Catching Fire Mockingjay
When Charlie McButton Lost Power When Charlie McButton Gained Power
Fire Proof: Shelby Woo #11