Author Spotlight: Suzanne Collins
Known best for her creation Katniss Everdeen, Suzanne Collins has become one of the most well-known authors of this generation.
Collins hailed from a military family and spent her childhood in the eastern United States. She graduated first at the Alabama School of Fine Arts as a theatre arts major, then she studied a double major on theater and telecommunications at the Indiana University. After that, she obtained her MFA in dramatic writing from New York University.
Collins worked with shows on Nickelodeon such as Clarissa Explains It All, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, Little Bear, and Oswald. She was also head writer at Scholastic for Clifford’s Puppy Days. She made the crossover to children’s literature when she met author James Proimos while working on the show Generation O!. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the first book in her The Underland Chronicles series was a New York Times best seller.
After The Underland Chronicles, Collins published the first book in the trilogy that skyrocketed her to fame—The Hunger Games. The book was a combined inspiration of her father’s career in the air force and the Greek mythology of Theseus and the Minotaur. The next two books, namely, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, were released within the next two years. The Hunger Games was on the New York Times Best Seller list for over 60 consecutive weeks.
In 2011, Lionsgate acquired the film rights for the book trilogy, which Collins adapted herself. Later that year, the movie was released with Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. The following novels were also adapted, the last one split into two.
Collins was named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people of 2010 for the success of the trilogy. In 2012, Collins also became the best-selling Kindle author of all time. Aside from this, Collins gained many accolades not only for The Hunger Games, but also for The Underland Chronicles.
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