How much is Suzanne Collins worth?
|Net Worth:||$85 Million
|Date of Birth:||August 10, 1962|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins was born on August 10, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Her father was in the US Air Force, so she lived in several cities, mostly in the U.S. and Europe, during her childhood.
For high school, Collins attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts, a public, partially residential high school in Birmingham that has a competitive admissions process. Collins was a Theater Arts major at the high school.
Collins graduated from Indiana University, where she was a double major in drama and telecommunications.
Collins also holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from New York University in dramatic writing.
How Suzanne Collins Started
Collins began writing children’s television shows in 1991. She has written for several Nickelodeon shows, including Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. She has also written for Little Bear and Oswald and she was the Head Writer for Clifford’s Puppy Days. She co-wrote the Christmas special, Santa, Baby!. She was inspired to try writing children’s books while she was working on a Kids WB show called Generation O! when she met children’s author James Proimos, who thought she should try writing a book.
‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Catching Fire’
Brilliant. Feverishly addicting. For those suffering from withdrawal from the finales of Harry Potter or Twilight, here is your chance to discover a trilogy pulsating under the radar. The Hunger Games and its sequel, Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins are both worth reading in a stop-whatever-else-you’re-doing-and-consume-these-in-48-hours-or-less type fashion. Here’s what to expect…
The world is Panem, a nation both futuristic and medieval. There are 12 districts specializing in various forms of society production — mining, agriculture, technology, etc. — ruled by a totalitarian government in The Capitol district. The leaders watch and manipulate everything through filtered media, scientific experimentation and military force. Every year The Capitol hosts The Hunger Games, a brutal nationally televised competition where a male and female teenager from each district has to compete. 24 enter. The 1 survivor wins and The Capitol maintains control through fear until the next Games.
Katniss Everdeen lives with her mother and sister in District 12, illegally hunting in the woods outside their small mining town’s parameters so her family can survive starvation after the loss of her father in a mine explosion. When her sister is chosen for The Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers to take her place and enters the Games with a boy who helped her survive one dark winter in the past. And now she has to kill him and 22 others.
The main theme of The Hunger Games Trilogy is how suppression, war and hunger take their toll on the young and how the young, with courageous and unhardened hearts, in their lives and in their deaths, can spark a society to change. Collins works magic in the world of Panem, revealing humanity’s worst inclinations to fear and be feared and how determination, sacrifice and love can conquer even the greatest empire of evil.
The Hunger Games introduces The Capitol’s regime and what Katniss must choose to do to survive the Games; Catching Fire takes her back into the ring with the fate of all the districts in the balance. The Hunger Games is perfect in introducing us to a beautiful array of characters and how this society works. Catching Fire reveals the darkest hour and what it will take to tear this society down.
- 1999 – Fire Proof: Mystery Files of Shelby Woo #11 – The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo is a series of paperback mystery novels for kids age 9 and up with the same character and premise as the TV show by that name. Although the main character remains the same throughout the series, individual books are written by different authors. Collins wrote the 11th book, which tells about Shelby’s adventures in London solving the mystery of who set a stage on fire during a production of Romeo and Juliet.
- 2005 – When Charlie McButton Lost Power – This children’s book, listed for ages 3 and up, was illustrated by Mike Lester. It is the story of a boy who is obsessed with computer games and what he does when his house loses power.
- 2013 – Year of the Jungle – Collins wrote this children’s book and James Proimos illustrated it. It is an autobiographical story about a young girl named Suzy whose father must leave the family to go fight in the Vietnam War. It is told from the girl’s perspective as she worries about her father. It is listed as appropriate for ages 8 and up, although it is a picture book.
- 2003 – Gregor the Overlander – This is the first book in the Underland Chronicles. This fantasy series tells the story of Gregor, a city boy who falls through a laundry grate with his 2 year old sister. They find themselves in Underland, a world with strange creatures like giant rats and cockroaches that is on the brink of war. Gregor decides to stay and help the people there when he finds out that his father, who disappeared a couple years before, is being held prisoner by the rats. This series is listed for ages 8 and up.
- 2004 – Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane – In the second book in the series, Gregor is forced to return to Underland and help when his little sister is kidnapped by underlanders.
- 2005 – Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods – Gregor must return to Underland to fight a plague that is threatening the world.
- 2006 – Gregor and the Marks of Secret – In the 4th Underland book, Gregor investigates why mice are disappearing.
- 2007 – Gregor and the Code of Claw – This is the conclusion to the series, with a large war and Gregor’s life on the line.
- 2008 – The Hunger Games – Hunger Games is the first book in her bestselling dystopian trilogy about Panem, a future America with 12 districts that is forced by the Capitol to send two of their children each year to fight to the death in a “Hunger Games.” This is a high suspense novel that is full of social commentary as well.
- 2009 – Catching Fire – This is the second book in the trilogy, in which ideas of revolution are spreading.
- 2010 – Mockingjay – Mockingjay is a final showdown between the revolutionaries and the Capitol.
Suzanne Collins wrote the screenplay for the movie version of The Hunger Games, which was released in March 2012. The sequel, Catching Fire was released in 2013, Mockingjay – Part 1 in 2015 and Mockingjay – Part 2 in 2016.
Suzanne Collins Trivia
- Collins lives in the Sandy Hook community of Newtown, CT, which was the location of the worst school shooting in U.S. history on December 14, 2012. The coincidence of Collins residing in the town and the content of the Hunger Games trilogy involving the death of children spawned a number of articles by conspiracy theorists on the Internet who wanted to find a connection between the blockbuster movie and shootings.
- Collins’ Underland Chronicles were inspired by her reading of Alice and Wonderland as an adult. Having lived in the city with her kids, she wanted to imagine a more urban setting and problems for a child who falls down a hole.
- Collins has two children, a young adult son and a teenage daughter. She also has two feral cats. They live in Connecticut.