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New Interview: Suzanne Collins Talks To The New York Times!

 suzanne collins hunger games interview hunger games cast featured    New Interview: Suzanne Collins Talks To The New York Times!   mag 10collins t CA0 popup 315x377The New York Times has a new interview with Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins! In the interview Suzanne talks about the impact the Hunger Games has had, how proud she is of the novels, and the upcoming movie -

Collins, a 48-year-old mother of two, spent much of her adult life writing for children’s television, dreaming up plot lines for shows like “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!” a Nick Jr. cartoon aimed at preschoolers. But in the “Hunger Games” trilogy, she revealed an outsize imagination for suffering and brutality. The books juxtapose the futuristic fantasy of a gleaming, high-tech capital and early-industrial life in the 12 half-starved districts it controls. In a ritual known as the Reaping, two adolescents from each of these oppressed districts are selected at random to participate in the Hunger Games, an annual televised match in which children battle one another and mutated beasts to the death, like Roman gladiators in a glitzy reality-TV contest. The trilogy’s heroine, Katniss, 16 years old when the series begins, has the tough-girl angst of an S.E. Hinton teenager and is too focused on survival to spend much time on familiar Y.A. preoccupations like cliques and crushes. On the very first page, she stares at the family’s pet cat, recalling, matter-of-factly, her aborted attempt to “drown him in a bucket.” By the last book, she is leading a revolution.

You could predict that adolescents — who keep slasher films in business — would find the “Hunger Games” trilogy mesmerizing. More surprising is how many adults, bookstore owners report, buy the books for themselves or to read with their children. Collins has said that the premise for “The Hunger Games” came to her one evening when she was channel-surfing and flipped from a reality-television competition to footage from the war in Iraq. An overt critique of violence, the series makes warfare deeply personal, forcing readers to contemplate their own roles as desensitized voyeurs.

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By the time “Mockingjay” appeared, “The Hunger Games” had become part of a kind of publishing holy trinity, taking its place alongside J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter ” series and Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight.” When “Mockingjay” was released at midnight, some bookstores kept their doors open for those readers who could not wait until the break of day to discover the fate of their favorite characters. As soon as the hype of the last book died down, speculation about the film version of “The Hunger Games” (slated for release next March) began to build. The casting of Katniss — whom The Atlantic called “the most important female character in recent pop culture history”— inspired a frenzy of online commentary. Last month, when Lionsgate announced that Jennifer Lawrence (of “Winter’s Bone”) would play Katniss, so many opinionated fans lighted up the blogosphere with objections (too old! too blond!) that the film’s director, Gary Ross, gave an interview to Entertainment Weekly assuring them that Collins was herself committed to the choice.

What Collins thinks matters a great deal to her fans, although they rarely hear from her directly. Collins has always been a media-shy figure, given to few public pronouncements, most of them carefully packaged. Her indictment of the media in “The Hunger Games” — the camera is the enemy, celebrity an empty, even dangerous contrivance — is reflected in her desire to keep fame at arm’s length. Collins’s readings and appearances are usually off-limits to television cameras, and she declines almost any interaction that involves capturing her on videotape. She has a surprisingly modest, low-tech personal Web site and has never been known to post on Twitter (which even Judy Blume does these days). She did, however, agree to a rare interview at the offices of her publisher, Scholastic, where she feels most comfortable.

Collins is also researching another young-adult series (typically cautious, she would not say more). As for the change in her own family’s fortunes, she said that she has been slow to feel it, because of how payments are structured in publishing. For now, she seems intent on doing as much as she can to avoid becoming someone who would be, God forbid, recognized on the street. “I’m not a very fancy person,” she said. “I’ve been a writer a long time, and right now ‘The Hunger Games’ is getting a lot of focus. It’ll pass. The focus will be on something else. It’ll shift. It always does. And that seems just fine.”

Another young-adult series?! Exciting!

I love the artwork attached to the article by artist Ryan Graber! It truly does capture the essence of the Hunger Games series, while including the outline of the author!

You can read the rest of the interview here!

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  • Evan

    the hunger games is great.  I devoured the first and second book, but the third was a little slower of a meal.  It lacked the same aura of the first two books.  It seemed like it was an entirely different story, however I do find that the effects of battle on the characters quite realistic.  What I we all would love now, are more hunger games stories.  Not of Katniss, but maybe previous hunger games.  Or maybe another squads attempts at storming the Capitol.  Overall, Panem is a big world, full of possibility, and if Suzanne Collins still enjoyed the franchise, don’t end it.  

  • Guest

    this is your future , read agenda 21 by UN – united nations document, this lady copied and adjusted the idea Bill Gates and the rothschilds have for all of you morons who think this book is so amazing , very sad…

  • Redbirdxprs

    It’s parallels to agenda 21 completely knocked me over. From the 12 districts down to the gmo wasps. People really have no clue that these plans already exist and have for decades. We live in very scary times. I get attacked and called a conspiracy theorist for telling people provable truths that they can research for themselves. These people are not going to know what hit them when the implementation of these plans, wich are public right now, becomes known on a global scale. People truly are asleep. I have no knowledge on what the auther’s idea on agenda 21 is, but it is obvious that agenda 21 is what inspired this franchise.

  • loz

    I loved these books! I agree that the last book didn’t quite follow the first two, but it was still amazing! I love them! when I finished the last one, I just curled up in bed, crying my heart out for Katniss Everdeen. This story hit a new place in my heart…

  • SHITSHARMISHTHA

     THE HUNGER GAMES IS FABULOUS!……………THE FIRST AND THE SECOND BOOKS ARE FULL OF ADVENTURE.BUT THE THIRD BOOK STIRS UP STRONG EMOTIONS REGARDING THE EFFECTS OF WAR AND REVOLUTION.

  • Rachele

    Amo questa trilogia.Mi ha lasciato senza parole .Ho letto tutti e tre i libri tutti di un fiato, quando ho girato l’ultima pagina del terzo libro “il canto della rivota ” ho detto :” adesso chiamo Suzanne e le chiedo per favore scrivine un altro … per me , perchè  ormai ne ho bisogno ,riesco solo a pensare che voglio conoscere Katniss voglio vivere questa avventura insieme a lei”-Tornavo a casa prima solo per rientrare in quel piccolo mondo che Suzanne mi ha fatto conoscere e per questo le sono MOLTO GRATA .Ormai non riesco a farne a meno” è finito tutto troppo presto” questo è stato il mio pensiero mentre rimette i libri al posto loro. Sono stati gli unici libri che mi hanno regalato emozioni vere tanto che credo che ricomincerò dal primo libro per regalarmi altre ore di avventura . 

    Grazie Suzanne <3

  • HGLOVER

    I love the Hunger Games so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I sooooo think that Suzanne Collins should write a 4th book and 5th and 6th and so on to the hunger games trilogy!!!I dont want to read anything else tell I get to read more hunger games books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • anonymousdude

    In my opinion, these are not young adult entertainment books. I have a B.A. in English ( mostly Lit. calsses), have read a lot of the classic cannon, and I think the third book of this series, at least, should be considered a classic. Classics are more than entertainment. They teach something; they provide perspective shift, they critique their culture. And to me, these books, particularly the third, tell us a great deal about how power works in the real world, what kind of people are most suited to aquire power, what they do with it, what happens to revolutions, during and after. This is insightful social commentary at it’s best. I’m a 35 year old man and I would use these books to each my children about how the real world works, before they graduate to Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, and the like.

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