On August 10, 1962, Suzanne Collins was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She was the youngest of four children and the daughter of an Air Force officer. For this reason, Suzanne moved a significant amount during her childhood, living in a variety of different places. To her family, history was an immensely important topic because her father taught this at a History was an immensely important topic in her family because her dad was a history teacher at a college level. Her father shared military experiences with his children.
Collins states “I believe he felt a great responsibility and urgency about educating his hildren about war … So throughout our lives we basically heard about war. “(1) As a child Suzanne like to read about Greek and Roman mythology. Her favorite was Theseus and the Minotaur. This was a story of the city Athens had to pick seven boys and seven girls to send to Crete as punishment. In Crete the children were thrown into the labyrinth and consumed by the Minotaur. Graduating high school from the Alabama school of fine arts in 1980, she graduated at Indiana University in 1985 as a double major in theater and telecommunications.
After that she went on to earn a Master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University. After collage, she went into television writing for various different children’s television programs. These in which included Clarissa Explains it All and Little Bear. James Proimos, a writer of the WB children’s program generation noticed Collins work, so as a result he hired Suzanne as his head writer. James was a big fan of her writing and he was the one who urged Suzanne Collins to start writing. Suzanne was married in 1992 to a man named Cap Pryer.
Pryer meet Collins at Indiana University, were they meet, graduated, and moved to New York. In 1914 they had their first child, a son then in 1999, heir daughter. Underland Chronicles was her childhood experience with war, since her father shared military involvements with his children. In an interview Collins was asked “How did you get interested in these topics? You’ve described Gregory as a war story and “The Hunger Games” as a gladiator story. ” She replied “I’m a military brat. My father was career Air Force.
When I was 6, he was gone for a year because he was fighting in Vietnam. When he came back, it was important to him that we all knew about war. Before he went to Vietnam, he taught at West Point. We spent a lot of vacations visiting battlefields. You had to understand how the war played out and what the consequences were. It was extremely important to him that we understood history and the history of war. He died in 2003, two weeks before the Iraq war began. He was strongly opposed to it. ” (1) most popular book series would no doubt be The Hunger Games.
With many wondering what influenced her she answers the question by saying “If I have to pick one story that most influenced “The Hunger Games,” it would be the Greek myth of Theseus, which I read when I was about 8-years-old. In punishment for past deeds, Athens periodically had to send even youths and seven maidens to a labyrinth. In the maze was this Minotaur, and it would eat them. Minos, the King of Crete, was furious with the Athenians. They had taken the wrong side in a war, and he held them responsible for the death of his son.
In punishment, they were going to have to send their children. Apparently there was nothing the Athenian parents could do about it. And then Theseus comes along. He’s the prince of Athens. He volunteers to go and kill the Minotaur, and that’s when it stops. In her own way, Katniss (the young heroine of “The Hunger Games”) is Theseus in terms of the opening of the story. (2) Suzanne’s inspiration for the Suzanne Collins starts her career in children’s literature. Her first book series was The Underland Chronicles series. Being the series is Gregor the Overlander (2003).
Four more books in the series were written, entitled Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (2004), Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods (2005), Gregor and the Marks of Secret (2006) and Gregor and the Code of Claw (2007), targeting middle school students. In 2005, Collins also published a rhyming picture book, When Charlie McButton Lost Power followed by a sequel, When Charlie McButton Gained Power, published in 2009. Suzanne was first recognized as a distinguished children’s writer when she published her second book, Catching Fire in 2009. This book was the second book of a trilogy entitled The Hunger Games.
Becoming an instant bestseller the trilogy was placed at the number one position simultaneously on the bestselling lists of USA Today, “New York Times”, “Wall Street Journal” and “Publishers Weekly”. It remained on the “New York Times” bestseller list for 60 weeks. In addition to this, the series also made place in a list of “Time Magazine’s” top ten fiction books of 2009 as well as “People Magazine” (Top 10) Best Book of 2009. It recived the New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Award. The other two books of the series are The Hunger Games (2008) and Mockingjay (2010).
As a result of the popularity Collins gained from this series, she was named amongst “Time magazine’s” list of most influential people of 2010. What did it take Suzanne Collins to be Great? It takes many different skills to be great. People achieve greatness practicing a variety of things relating to their hobby. Geoff Colvin says that greatness can only be achieved through hard work, and his support is having 10 or more years of ractice, deliberate practice, and encouragement. Collins graduated high school from the Alabama school of fine arts in 1980.
She then enrolled at Indiana University where she graduated in 1985 as a double major in theater and Suzanne telecommunications. After that she went on to earn a Master’s degree and dramatic writing from New York University. She moved into television writing for various different children’s television programs. These in which included Clarissa Explains it All and Little Bear. This took around 10 years of practicing writing. doesn’t fit. She may have to continuously edit her book, but ther than that, as an author there isn’t much of intense Since Collins is a writer, deliberate practice practice.
Writing is different from basketball or any other sport. In an article titled, “What it takes to be Great [Adapted]”, states “Michael Jordan practiced intensely beyond the already punishing team practices. ” (Colvin 3), but with writing fiction it’s all imagination and; of course grammar, and the format required. a big role in her life career. Collins had her experience throughout her childhood. Growing up with her father, who was an Air Force officer, she was introduced to war at a very young age. Her father liked to tell stories and his experiences of war.
This is where her inspiration came for her book series’. Suzanne Collins didn’t realize she wanted to write until her boss James Proimos insisted she start writing books. Suzanne Collins has been somewhat practicing all her life for her books without knowing. Her practice was experience. everything Suzanne Collins has done throughout her life to become the person she is; from the stories her father told to her years working in television writing, she has earned the title to be great and deserves to be acknowledged for her accomplishments (writing).