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  1. Suzanne Collins “The Hunger Games”

  2. Early Life • Born August 10, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut • Father was a U.S. Air Force officer who served in Vietnam • Family moved constantly, but primarily on the East Coast • Graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham with a Theater Arts degree • Earned M.F.A. in dramatic writing from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts

  3. Career • 1991 – writer for children’s television shows • Clarissa Explains It All • The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo • Little Bear • Inspired to write her own children’s books • Gregor the Overlander • First book of the Underland Chronicles • Inspired by “Alice in Wonderland”

  4. “The Hunger Games” Trilogy • September 2008 – Scholastic Press released “The Hunger Games” • Inspired by the Greek myth “Theseus and the Minotaur” • Inspired by firsthand knowledge of poverty, starvation, and effects of war • September 2009 – “Catching Fire” released • August 2010 – “Mockingjay” released

  5. Success • Collins was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010 • March 2012 – Amazon announced Collins was the best-selling Kindle author of all time

  6. “The Hunger Games • Setting • Unspecified future time • Totalitarian nation of Panem – the state holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life whenever possible • District 12 – formerly known as Appalachia (East KY, VA, WV) • We would be considered District 11 • Themes • Government Control • “Big Brother” • Personal Independence • Power, Corruption, Downfall