suzanne collins’ interview | author of the classic hunger games trilogy

Exclusive interview with hunger games author suzanne collins.currently best-selling author on kindlestore.

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Q: You weave action, adventure, mythology, sci-fi, romance, and philosophy throughout The Hunger Games . What influenced the creation of The Hunger Games ?

A: A significant influence would have to be the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. The myth tells how in punishment for past deeds, Athens periodically had to send seven youths and seven maidens to Crete, where they were thrown in the Labyrinth and devoured by the monstrous Minotaur.
Even as a kid, I could appreciate how ruthless this was. Crete was sending a very clear message: “Mess with us and we’ll do something worse than kill you. We’ll kill your children.” And the thing is, it was allowed; the parents sat by powerless to stop it. Theseus, who was the son of the king, volunteered to go. I guess in her own way, Katniss is a futuristic Theseus.
In keeping with the classical roots, I send my tributes into an updated version of the Roman gladiator games, which entails a ruthless government forcing people to fight to the death as popular entertainment. The world of Panem, particularly the Capitol, is loaded with Roman references. Panem itself comes from the expression “Panem et Circenses” which translates into “Bread and Circuses.”
The audiences for both the Roman games and reality TV are almost characters in themselves. They can respond with great enthusiasm or play a role in your elimination.
I was channel surfing between reality TV programming and actual war coverage when Katniss’s story came to me. One nightI’m sitting there flipping around and on one channel there’s a group of young people competing for, I don’t know, money maybe? And on the next, there’s a group of young people fighting an actual war. And I was tired, and the lines began toblur in this very unsettling way, and I thought of this story.

Q: The Hunger Games is an annual televised event in which one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts is forced to participate in a fight-to-the-death on live TV. What do you think the appeal of realitytelevision is—to both kids and adults?

A: Well, they’re often set up as games and, like sporting events, there’s an interest in seeing who wins. The contestants are usually unknown, which makes them relatable. Sometimes they have very talented people performing.
Then there’s the voyeuristic thrill—watching people being humiliated, or brought to tears, or suffering physically—which I find very disturbing. There’s also the potential for desensitizing the audience, so that when they see real tragedy playing out on, say, the news, it doesn’t have the impact it should.

Q: The book’s premise is very brutal, yet is handled so tastefully. Was this a difficult balance to achieve?

A: Yes, the death scenes are always hard to write. It’s difficult to put kids in violent situations—Gregor is in a war, Katniss is in a gladiator game. Characters will die. It’s not fun to write, but I think if you can’t commit to really doing the idea, it’s probably better to work on another type of story .
Given that, you have to remember who you’re trying to reach with the book. I try and think of how I would tell a particularly difficult event to my own children. Exactly what details they need to know to really understand it, and what would be gratuitous.

Q: The Hunger Games tackles issues like severe poverty, starvation, oppression, and the effects of war among others. What drew you to such serious subject matter?

A: That was probably my dad’s influence. He was career Air Force, a military specialist,a historian, and a doctor of political science.When I was a kid, he was gone for a year inViet Nam. It was very important to him that we understood about certain aspects of life. So, it wasn’t enough to visit a battlefield, we needed to know why the battle occurred, how it played out, and the consequences. Fortunately, he had a gift for presenting history as a fascinating story. He also seemed to have a good sense of exactly how much a child could handle, which is quite a bit.

Q: In The Hunger Games , Katniss and Gale have an extensive knowledge of hunting, foraging, wildlife, and survival techniques. What kinds of research did you do, if any?

A: Some things I knew from listening to my dad talking about his childhood. He grew up during the Depression. For his family, hunting was not a sport but a way to put meat on the table. He also knew a certain amount about edible plants. He’d go into the woods and gather all these wildmushrooms and bring them home and sauté them. My mom wouldn’t let any of usgo near them! But he’d eat them up and they never harmed him, so I guess he knewwhich ones were safe, because wild mushrooms can be very deadly.
I also read a big stack of wilderness survivalguidebooks. And here’s what I learned: you’ve got to be really good to survive out there for more than a few days.

Q: You have written for television for young children and for middle-grade readers (the New York Times bestselling series The Underland Chronicles). Why did you decide to write for an older audience and how was the experience different?

A: I think the nature of the story dictated the age of the audience from the beginning. Both The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games have a lot of violence. But in The Underland Chronicles, even though human characters die, a lot of the conflict takes place between different fantastical species. Giant rats and bats and things. You can skew a little younger that way. Whereas in The Hunger Games , there’s no fantasy element, it’s futuristic sci-fi and the violence is not only human onhuman, it’s kid on kid. And I think that automatically moves you into an older age range.
I find there isn’t a great deal of difference technically in how you approach a story, no matter what age it’s for. I started out as a playwright for adult audiences. When television work came along, it was primarily for children. But whatever age you’re writing for, the same rules of plot, character, and theme apply. You just set upa world and try to remain true to it. If it’s filled with cuddly animated animals, chances are no one’s going to die. If it’s filled with giant flesh-and-blood rats with agrudge, there’s going to be violence.

Q: Was The Hunger Games always planned as a trilogy?

A: Not necessarily. But once I’d thought through to the end of the first book, I realized that there was no way that the story was concluded. Katniss does something that would never go unpunished in her world. There would definitely be repercussions. And so the question of whether or not to continue with a series was answered for me.

Q: How do you typically spend your workday? Do you have a routine as you write?

A: I grab some cereal and sit down to work as soon as possible. The more distractions Ihave to deal with before I actually begin writing, the harder focusing on the story becomes. Then I work until I’m tapped out, usually sometime in the early afternoon. If I actually write three to five hours, that’s a productive day. Some days all I do is stare at the wall. That can be productive, too, if you’re working out character and plot problems. The rest of the time, I walk around with the story slipping in and out of my thoughts.

Q: What were some of your favorite novels when you were a teen?
A: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers
Nineteen Eighty Four, by George Orwell
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
Boris by Jaapter Haar
Germinal, by Emile Zola
Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury

Q: What do you hope readers will come away with when they read this book?

A: Questions about how elements of the book might be relevant in their own lives. And, if they’re disturbing, what they mightdo about them.

Adopted from Suzanne Collins website thehungergames.co.uk .


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Hunger games | press review

The Hunger games

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Suzanne collins has become the leading kindle pubulisher. With the hunger games trilogy becoming every reader’s favourite, from catching fire,mocking jay, it has sold millions of ebooks and published in more than 38 countries! Its a book that you dont want to miss,a book you read when you dont want to read and the movie is now in cinemas as well…i bet you dont want to exclude it from your classic dvd collection.Generally the public reviews have managed to continue to propell the hunger games trilogy paper back and ebooks into greater sales for example;

Amanda Craig , of The Times
reviewed…

“Few new novels have been as eagerly awaited, here and America, as the third part of Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games… What makes Collins’s novels so absorbing and engaging is the way she tells her tale. There have been a number of outstanding dystopian fantasies emerging from America, but The Hunger Games is the most profoundly imagined, nightmarish, romantic, psychologically plausible and well-written. You can’t stop reading, once begun… The Hunger Games trilogy is more than just a very clever futuristic thriller. It’s quite possibly the best SF novel for teenagers since Huxley’s Brave New World”

Stephenie Meyer , author of the multi-million-selling Twilight Saga said..

“I got an early look at a book I’ve been eagerly awaiting: CATCHING FIRE , the sequel to Suzanne Collins’ phenomenal THE HUNGER GAMES . It not only lived up to my high expectations, it surpassed them. It’s just as exciting as THE HUNGER GAMES , but even more gut wrenching, because you already know these characters, you’ve already suffered with them. Suzanne takes the story places I wasn’t expecting, and she’s never afraid to take it to very hard places. Stunning. You won’t sleep when you’re reading this one. It hits shelves September 1st. I suggest beginning in the early morning and clearing your calendar for the day.”

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How to self-publish an ebook and a paper back

How to self-publish an ebook or paperback

Are you tired of rejection mails from publishing houses?Are your loyalities exploited by your publisher?Well,you are about to discover a solution and after reading this entire blog,you will proudly embark on a new publishing prank.Trust me, its the best!Before we look at ways of self-publishing,
why should you self-publish? when you self publish

  • you retain all the rights to your work
  • this means you will completely manage the advances made from your sales

  • you dont have to spend a penny ! If your self-publishing and ebook.in this case a epublishing company will completely takecare of the distribution of your ebook or book
  • i will review epublishing also known as electronic publishing or self-publishing companies.

    majorly retaining your product entire copy rights makes self-publishing a prefference for many as compared to traditional publishers.You can maximise sales with that privillage and earn the most from your work.Am going to share with you a perfect ebook to enhance your self-publishing career.

    steps to successfull self publishing

  • Use your word proccessor to write your book in document any format prefferably doc,docx
  • After you have reached your set number of words, for typical novel 90,000 words are recommend.
  • after that,your on aready the course to self-pub.

  • create a book cover either using software or hire a cover designer.All ebooks require covers.
  • go online and chose among these self-publishing companies, smashwords l lulu
  • sign up to any of the preffered mentioned sites above
  • click the publish link,always on top of the page.then upload your docx or doc file
  • . lulu requires you to upload your document in pdf for smashwords doc format is required

  • upload the book cover you created.you can find a proffession graphic designer to make you one or create one you self with software.
  • Now add the meta data in the required fields.meta data is info about your book such as title,synopis and the author’s details.

    Now click publish and you book is ready! The self-publishing company will do for you the distribution and marketing.for example smashwords will distribute your book to kobo,amazon,barnes & noble also bn.com ,ibookstore among other major retailers.
    Your self-published ebook will be read or accessed and displayed as show below on such ereaders
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    You can also self-publish on amazon and bn.com.for barnes you need to use pubit app.The turial i have provided is the best option if you want to be successfull.There are might be several turials but i have tried to provide you with the best for your quest.
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    Best reviewed ebooks and recommended titles this season

    In this blog post,we are going to feature some of the best titles for you to enjoy this wonderfull easter season from major ebook retailers.we are specifically featuring titles from amazon and smashwords
    Ebooks are increasingly becoming popular due to the dramatic emerging of self published authors.Alot of talented authors but dubbed as indie authors have published great titles without help of traditional authors by the help of epublishing companies which are basically online base. see blog archive for major self publishing and epub or electronic publishing companies . Am listing ten major recommended titles which are top rated and best reviewed on smashwords and amazon’s kindlestore you can sample a portion of the book to read before a full purchase of the complete edition.always authors have provided you with a privillegde to read atleast 20% for free!
    Now among the best reviewed and top rated titles.Am listing five titles from amazon and four titles from smashwords.

  • smaswords titles
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  • amazon titles

  • Hunger games
  • Harry Porter
  • Shades of Grey
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    Where and how to download ebooks for all ereaders

    Many of my blog readers have contacted me requesting for an indepth blog coverage on downloading and reading ebooks or electronic-books on several ereaders. Although ebooks have had a significant increase in this decade,many book readers dont understand the way ebooks can be utlised in the dot-com era.In this blog post,we shall look at the significance of ebooks to the world of books and how ebooks can efficiently be utilsed.
      ebooks can be downloaded from various sites like smashwords lulu many ebooks gutenburg among others. When downloading ebooks, you have to select the format which is supported by your ereader.among popular ereaders are

  • kindle fire by amazon
  • nook reader
  • sony ereaders
  • ipads
  • smartphones
  • among others. kindle-vs-nook1.jpg for some smartphones you are required to download ereading software such mobireader for s60. You can download mobireader download here the formats for each reader are as follows. ipad in epub mobireader in mobi desktop in pdf,html for online readers enjoy a world of free book reading and expand your knowlege.for more info about the subject you can send an email to reader.author@gmail.com or follow me on twitter at @dickson_mug .i will help you find reading software for you device and link you to free ebook sites! You can also join a page of ebooks readers and e-publishers on facebook,to join click here . Enjoy an expanding world of ebooks.

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