Suzanne Collins talks about The Hunger Games

I loved The Hunger Games trilogy, to the point that the first book had me in tears in several places (which is hard to do).

A few weeks back, the New York Times Sunday Magazine had a long article about Suzanne Collins and tracing the influences her father had on her. For example, when her agent recoiled at the idea of her killing a favorite character, Collins said something like: ““This is not a fairy tale; it’s a war, and in war, there are tragic losses that must be mourned.”” (Her choice has also remained controversial with her readers.)

Other tidbits:
- “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.”

- “Collins said her father came back from Vietnam enduring “nightmares, and that lasted his whole life.” As a child, she awoke, at times, to the sound of him crying out during” those painful dreams.”
For those who think the book are an allegory about popularity, she says, “I don’t write about adolescenceI write about war. For adolescents.

- And she's working on something new!

Read more here.

In other news, I love all the casting news I'm hearing. Woody Harrelson as Haymitch? Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman? Love it!

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I met the woman, Susan Dominus, who wrote that interview for the NYT magazine article. We were both teaching at a workshop and got to talking about books and then the interview came up (it was a few weeks before the article was published). It was very fascinating talking to Susan- kind of like a sneak peek. I know Suzanne Collins is very private and doesn't do many interviews.
That would have been fascinating!

A couple of people I know have seen Suzanne Collins recognized her and said hello.