The woman behind The Hunger Games cover, author Suzanne Collins, took readers by storm with her novel plot and unique characters. Collins’s product, the trilogy, is undoubtedly creative, but first we must focus on Collins as an individual.
After our first outside reading of the semester, we established that creativity is an interaction between a person and that person’s environment. Collins took inspiration from her environment and melded these experiences with her own creativity. Her father was career Air Force, a military specialist, a historian and a doctor of political science. The Hunger Games is essentially a war novel between kids of different districts, all stemming as punishment for the nation’s political scene and a previous uprising. Collins’s took her father’s experiences and incorporated the Greek myth of Theseus and Minotaura to create the main framework of the plot.
The main character, Katniss, has a way with a bow and arrow. Collins herself was trained in sword-fighting and incorporated this into the novel as well.
Before ever reading The Hunger Games, my friend told me the main plot whereby two children from each district are sent to fight till the death in an arena each year. My immediate reaction: How would anyone come up with such a gruesome story? The similar responses from many others prove just how unique this story line is.
|Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games Trilogy|
Collins also creatively weaved her experiences with writing for children’s television shows with a very adult subject matter to make an intriguing story appropriate for almost all age groups.
Collins threw herself whole-heartedly into the novels. In a conversation with Scholastic publishing, she said some other ideas float around in her head, but until all The Hunger Games movies are out, she says none of her ideas will be able to flourish.
Another main product of Collins’s creativity won’t be seen until March 23 (likely at midnight by thousands who are avid fans of the books). Collins worked extensively with director Gary Ross to adapt the novel to the big screen. She had to get creative with turning essentially a war-zone, where kids brutally murder one another, into a PG-13 appropriate masterpiece.
Collins’s field, novelists and then readers, have largely accepted her work, as seen by the popularity of The Hunger Games Trilogy. Collins, however, bridged the gap between numerous different fields with the actual content of the novels. She combined action, adventure, mythology, science fiction, romance and philosophy.
The Hunger Games Trilogy is one novel and unique, creative, work, but its creator, Suzanne Collins used her creativity to combine her experiences and imagination to publish such a work.