The author of The Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins remains something of a mystery to the world of fans that love her. She is the woman behind the phenomenon that is The Hunger Games, a book that’s spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and a film that grossed more than $531m worldwide in its first four weeks. Amazon says that she’s also become the bestselling Kindle author so far.
But while there is huge buzz around her and I’m sure just about everyone would love to have the opportunity to talk to her, Suzanne Collins remains a mystery.
The UK”s Guardian Newspaper has featured a fairly extensive profile of Ms Collins to take a look at what makes The Hunger Games so popular and what influenced Suzanne Collins to imagine such a world. The article puts the trilogy’s popularity with both boys and girls as well as its huge adult audience under the spotlight – especially the dystopian future it describes:
There is a very grown-up political logic to the books, which become steadily more uncomfortable as they go on, ending with an ultra-dystopian society in which the rebels – Katniss among them – resort to the same power games as their one-time oppressors. “Panem is clearly the USA seen through a distorting mirror … with elements of the Roman empire thrown in. All very clever and thought-provoking.”
Collins is unapologetic about the moral message of her books. She says: “I hope it does make people think about what they watch in a more reflective way.” But she also points out that different readers relate to different themes in the books. “For some it’s the violence and the reality TV; others seem to be affected by the themes of hunger – food is a power tool that runs throughout it. Other people seem to home right in on the romance. I don’t think I’ve ever had a book or a television project where so much of the experience was dependent on the reader’s own experience, and that’s been really fun.”
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