Entertainment Weekly has named author Suzanne Collins as one of the magazine’s Entertainers of the Year. She’s come in at number 13 on their list!
Here’s what they had to say:
Despite criticism of the kid-on-kid violence in her bestselling Hunger Games trilogy, Collins, 48, believes the books pack a powerful antiwar message. ”My dad was career Air Force, a Vietnam vet, and a doctor of political science,” she explains. ”He felt very strongly about educating his children about war. And in turn, I feel drawn to creating stories for kids that might help them understand it.”
Also during the interview with EW Ms Collins spoke about Gary Ross taking the helm for The Hunger Games movie. She said she’s spoken twice on the phone with Ross, and thinks he’s going to be “terrific”.
She goes onto say that Ross is full of genuine excitement and that when he talks about a scene, you can’t help visualizing it.
“I can’t wait to see his vision come to life on the screen,” she says.
Suzanne Collins helped write the screenplay adaptation for the movie and noted the challenge of condensing her book into a two-hour film. “You want to preserve the essence while making the film stand on its own,” she told EW.