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Suzanne Collins
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Born (1962-08-10) August 10, 1962 (age 56) [1]
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
OccupationTelevision writer, author
Education Indiana University, Bloomington (BA)
New York University (MFA)
Genre Fantasy, science fiction, children's literature, young adult fiction
Notable works The Hunger Games trilogy
The Underland Chronicles
SpouseCharles Pryor

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Suzanne Collins (born August 10, 1962) is an American television writer and author. She is known as the author of The New York Times best-selling series The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games trilogy.

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<i>The Underland Chronicles</i> book by Suzanne Collins

The Underland Chronicles is a series of five epic fantasy novels by Suzanne Collins, first published between 2003 and 2007. It tells the story of a boy named Gregor and his adventures in the "Underland", a subterranean world located under New York City. The Underland is inhabited by humans who traveled below hundreds of years ago, along with various giant versions of creatures like bats, cockroaches, and rats. According to the author, the series involves many topics relating to war, including biological warfare, genocide, and military intelligence. While not as well-known as the author's subsequent Hunger Games trilogy, it has been reviewed favorably by many critics.


Early life

Suzanne Collins was born on August 10, 1962, in Hartford, Connecticut to Jane Brady Collins (born 1932) and Lt. Col. Michael John Collins (1931–2003), [2] a U.S. Air Force officer who served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star. She is the youngest of four children, who include Kathryn (born 1957), Andrew (born 1958), and Joan (born 1960). As the daughter of a military officer, she and her family were constantly moving. She spent her childhood in the eastern United States. [3]

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Collins graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham in 1980 as a Theater Arts major. [4] She completed her bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University in 1985 with a double major in theater and telecommunications. [5] [6] [7] In 1989, Collins earned her M.F.A. in dramatic writing from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. [7]

Alabama School of Fine Arts

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Collins began her career in 1991 as a writer for children's television shows. [8] She worked on several shows for Nickelodeon, including Clarissa Explains It All , The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo , Little Bear , and Oswald . [8] She did not write the children's book Little Bear, which is sometimes mistaken as her own book. She was also the head writer for Scholastic Entertainment's Clifford's Puppy Days . [8] She received a Writers Guild of America nomination in animation for co-writing the critically acclaimed Christmas special, Santa, Baby! [9]

<i>Clarissa Explains It All</i> television series

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<i>The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo</i> television series

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After meeting children's author James Proimos while working on the Kids' WB show Generation O! , Collins felt inspired to write children's books herself. [8] Her inspiration for Gregor the Overlander , the first book of The New York Times best-selling series The Underland Chronicles , came from Alice in Wonderland , when she was thinking about how one was more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole, and would find something other than a tea party. [8] [9] Between 2003 and 2007 she wrote the five books of the Underland Chronicles : Gregor the Overlander , Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane , Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods , Gregor and the Marks of Secret , and Gregor and the Code of Claw . During that time, Collins also wrote a rhyming picture book, When Charlie McButton Lost Power (2005), illustrated by Mike Lester. [8]

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<i>Generation O!</i> television series

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In September 2008, Scholastic Press released The Hunger Games , the first book of a trilogy by Collins. [10] The Hunger Games was partly inspired by the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Another inspiration was her father's career in the Air Force, which gave her insight to poverty, starvation, and the effects of war. [3] The trilogy's second book, Catching Fire , was released in September 2009, and its third book, Mockingjay , was released on August 24, 2010. [11] Within 14 months, 1.5 million copies of the first two Hunger Games books were printed in North America alone. [12] The Hunger Games was on The New York Times Best Seller list for more than 60 weeks in a row. [12] Lions Gate Entertainment acquired worldwide distribution rights to a film adaptation of The Hunger Games, produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force production company. [13] [14] Collins adapted the novel for film herself. [14] Directed by Gary Ross, filming began in late spring 2011, with Jennifer Lawrence portraying main character Katniss Everdeen. [15] Josh Hutcherson played Peeta Mellark and Liam Hemsworth played Gale Hawthorne. [16] The subsequent two novels were adapted into films as well, with the latter book split into two cinematic installments, for a total of four films representing the three books.

<i>The Hunger Games</i> (novel) 2008 novel by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is a 2008 dystopian novel by the American writer Suzanne Collins. It is written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the future, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games is an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12–18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised Battle royal to the death.

<i>Catching Fire</i> 2009 book by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire is a 2009 science fiction young adult novel by the American novelist Suzanne Collins, the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. As the sequel to the 2008 bestseller The Hunger Games, it continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem. Following the events of the previous novel, a rebellion against the oppressive Capitol has begun, and Katniss and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark are forced to return to the arena in a special edition of the Hunger Games.

<i>Mockingjay</i> 2010 book by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay is a 2010 science fiction novel by American author Suzanne Collins. It is the last installment of The Hunger Games, following 2008's The Hunger Games and 2009's Catching Fire. The book continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, who agrees to unify the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical Capitol.

As a result of the popularity of The Hunger Games books, Collins was named one of Time magazine's most influential people of 2010. [17] In March 2012, Amazon announced that she had become the best-selling Kindle author of all time. [18] Amazon also revealed that Collins had written 29 of the 100 most highlighted passages in Kindle ebooks—and on a separate Amazon list of recently highlighted passages, she had written 17 of the top 20. [19]

Personal life

With her husband Charles, Collins has two children, Charlie and Isabella. [8] [ not in citation given ]



The Underland Chronicles
  1. Gregor the Overlander (2003)
  2. Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (2004)
  3. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods (2005)
  4. Gregor and the Marks of Secret (2006)
  5. Gregor and the Code of Claw (2007)
The Hunger Games trilogy
  1. The Hunger Games (2008)
  2. Catching Fire (2009)
  3. Mockingjay (2010)
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