Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins
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Author’s Biography

Suzanne Collins was born August 10, 1962 and is a television writer and novelist best known as the author of The Hunger Games Trilogy and the Underland Chronicles. Suzanne graduated from Indiana University with a double major in Drama and Telecommunications. She began her career in 1991 as a writer for television shows. In September 2008, Scholastic Press released The Hunger Games which were partly inspired by her father’s career in the Air Force which allowed her to have a more in depth understanding of the effects of war and poverty.

The Hunger Games was on The New York Times Best Seller list for over 60 weeks and Collins was named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people of 2010. In 2012, Collins was announced to be the best-selling Kindle author of all time by Amazon.com. In March 2012, The Hunger Games movie was released, with Collins writing the script adaptation. It had the third-highest opening weekend in history. The Hunger Games Trilogy is available in 50 different languages, with over 18 million copies of the series in print.

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Suzanne Collins came up with the idea for The Hunger Games trilogy while watching the news coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thwe depictions of these wars, when combined with the popularity of reality TV, and the ways in which coverage of the wars seemed itself to be a kind of reality TV, led Collins to imagine the dystopian setting of Panem, where violence becomes a major form of entertainment. Around the time Collins was writing her books, the world was also seeing the beginnings of the ongoing global recession, emphasizing the wealth gap and the conditions of poverty both within the United States and abroad.

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