Suzanne Collins

By: Jennifer Nathan

Introducing you to Suzanne Collins

"May the odds be ever in your favor," is a very widely known quote by one in which many adore, Suzanne Collins. Suzanne Collins, the author of the Hunger Games Series, went from a small town girl to a raging academy award winner in almost seconds. Suzanne's determination and hard work throughout everything she's done, has gotten her to where she is today.
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A Little Background on Her

Surprisingly, Suzanne Collins knew very much of the history of war in the United States and little about the art of literature. she also dealt with immensive moving, and a father in the Air Force, so it wasn't like her early life wasn't difficult for her to go through. Like the old saying goes, “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person that walked in; That’s what the storm is all about.” -Haruki Murakami (http://www.pinterest.com) Suzanne was born on August 10th, 1962, in Hartford Connecticut. Her mother and father, Jane Collins and Michael Collins, both raised her to the best of their ability, even through all the difficult times of moving around from where she lived. She was the youngest of four children, her sisters, Joanie and Kathy Collins, and her only brother Drew.



Growing up, Collins knew she had to learn how to find ways to entertain herself because her father was a very occupied Air Force officer. Her father grew up during The Great Depression so he knew how to survive on what he had around him. He hunted game quite often, and collected edible plants which actually contributed to the content of The Hunger Games Series. By portraying the outdoor survival skills in which her father taught her, Collins has put an unquestionably raw and edgy feel to the series. Micheal Collins taught history at the college level, which has influenced Suzanne's knowledge of United States history and our reputation as citizens. He's always been very open to his children about his military experience, even his deployment to Vietnam. "I believe he felt a great responsibility and urgency about educating his children about war," Suzanne Collins has mentioned in one of her interviews. "He would take us frequently to places like battlefields and war monuments. It would start back with whatever had precipitated the war and moved up through the battlefield you were standing in, and through that and after that. It was a very comprehensive tour guide experience." So throughout the Collin's lives, they basically heard about war."


Later in her life, she and her family moved south, where Suzanne attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts in 1980 and received a graduate's degree her final year. Moving on from high school, Collins then enrolled herself at the Indiana University, where she acquired a double major in theater and telecommunications. Collins also met a man named Cap Pryor who she later married and had two children with. She soon moved to New York, to enroll at the Bloomington New York University, (M.F.A.) graduating with a master's degree in dramatic writing, 2003. Little did Suzanne know, she would become a world renowned author known by millions across the world in the blink of an eye.

Accomplishments of the Famous Author

From a small a small town girl, to one of the most widely known authors internationally, Suzanne Collins has sure made her mark in the "bookworm" society. In total, Collins has written nine books, consisting of two series and one children's picture book. The Underland Chronicles, written throughout the years of 2003-2007. The Hunger Games Series, made up of only three books, written through 2008-2010. Year of the Jungle, is an autobiographical children's picture book, written in 2013. What did Suzanne Collins do before writing books? Well, as a matter of fact, she was genuinely a Children's TV show writer. She mainly wrote/co-wrote TV shows for Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. Little Bear, Oswald, Wow! Wow! Wubzzy! are just a few of Suzanne's many programs in which she contributed to, as well as a head writer for the TV series, Clifford's Puppy Days.


After Collins transitioned to writing young adult books, she still remained a television script writer, wanting to pursue her career in an "uplifting fashion." "When I was working on The Hunger Games, well I guess you could say there wasn't a lot of levity in it, so I'd do a Wubzzy script," she told Rick Margolis of School Library Journal. "It's an enormous relief to spend some hours in Wuzzleburg...where I know things are going to workout just fine and all the characters will be alive at the end of the program."


Her first book in The Hunger Games series, was awarded the Best Book of the Year award by Kirkus Reviews in 2008, the year The Hunger Games was written and published. The trilogy's first book, was also awarded a Kid's Choice blimp by the TV program Nickelodeon for 'favorite book' in 2013. Many more slight to drastic wins were also awarded by the famous series. Over six million copies of the entire trilogy were sold, but over 87 million copies of the series in over 200 languages have been sold worldwide. "The Hunger Games," along with the Underland Chronicles were both immediately placed on the New York Time Bestsellers list. However, the book, The Hunger Games quickly passed up Suzanne's first series, landing itself a spot as a #1 Seller for over 100 consecutive weeks. There's also been four film productions made of the series and co-wrote by Suzanne herself. The movies have a little bit of a different turn to the trilogy, however, Suzanne Collins was surprisingly completely fine with it. "It's just more of the series for people to love!" To this day The Hunger Games is still on the Bestsellers List and has been for over six straight years. "Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced. The considerable strength in the novel comes in Collin's convincingly detailed word-building and her memorably complex and fascinating heroine. In fact, by not calling attention to itself, the text appears the way a good font does: Nothing stands between Katniss and the reader, Panem and America." -John Green (Author of: "The Fault in Our Stars")

The Hunger Games- Rue's Whistle
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The Hunger Games Quote (http://quotesgram.com)

Some Difficulties Along the Road

Even though Suzanne Collins has been awarded all of these great things and she's known for her series and creative writing all over the world, it wasn't always like that. When Suzanne was just six years old, she was told that her father was going away for a year, across seas to the jungle, because of something called "war." Sadly, at the time she didn't quite understand what war really was or how long a year is, or the fact that her daddy was really being sent to Vietnam to fight. Suzanne knew that she wouldn't see her father for a long time but she believed he was still going to be in contact with her and send her postcards often. She remembers her father telling her that they were sending him to the jungle and it would just be a new style of living for him. "Naive as I was, I didn't really think his deployment would effect me at all...I was so wrong."


Suzanne and the rest of her family decided to move to Brussels, Belguim in Europe while their father was gone. She says that it was the largest and most difficult move she's ever had to deal with. Collins was very young at the time so it was even tougher on her because she had just begun to make friends at school and recognize her surroundings. Through it all, Suzanne stayed strong as a young girl, even though she had to stick it out without her father most of the times. Collins has truly lived up to the popular quote, "Tough times never last, but tough people do." - Robert H. Schuller

Suzanne

Born in Hartford, Connecticut

Lived in Indiana

Works as a children's TV show writer, author and a mother of two

Who is strong, independent, crazy intelligent

Who loves her family, all of her readers and mythology

Who fears failure, rats and war

Who gives her readers a thrill, love and care to her children and passion to her books

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Personal Qualities of Suzanne

Suzanne Collins, despite her good manners and dramatic vocabulary, is quite the ditz. Believe it or not, she's genuinely a shy media person who is not so comfortable being on camera. Which explains why you generally don't see her on TV or hear a lot about interviews she's in. She'd only take interviews for people she knew or felt safe around. According to her family and friends, she didn't feel completely confident in her own skin. "She wished to look like others a lot..." -Joanie Collins Suzanne is a person of such modesty she's not into social media, such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. When it comes to her and modern technology, she doesn't stand a chance. Suzanne's often described as a beautiful woman, with long, curly, dirty blonde hair, who uniquely has grayish blue eyes as well. "There's not a whole lot to me," Collins told one of her very rare interviews. "If I can count the number of sunsets on my fingers left, I guess I don't want to miss any of them."

Concluding Suzanne's Journey

Over all Suzanne Collins has truly left her mark as one of the greatest authors who has ever lived to tell their story. From a little girl dealing with a father being in the Air Force, to an inspiring Award Winning author. Collins has genuinely changed the lives of so many, Including my own. But her days of splendid and cliff-hanging writing aren't quite over yet. Word from the New York Times Magazine is that Collins is currently writing an entirely new young adult series. No other information has been released of the series yet, I guess we'll just have to wait and see...
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Suzanne Collin's new series in the making... (http://nathanallotey.com)

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