We Miss You, Suzanne Collins!

Admission: We fangirl stalk authors. Sure, the characters are fascinating and the movies are (usually) pretty great and the actors are charming. But the authors… AHHH! To be the person who created that whole world we love so much! They are the real rockstars!

We know that many of you readers out there feel the same way. You, like us, have watched every Suzanne Collins interview, taken in every bit of writing advice she gives, tried to figure out her EXACT birthday, looked over the very few photos of her from the premiere, and hoped that you could somehow absorbed all that genius.

Suzanne Collins author The Hunger Games

Last public photo?!

Which is why we’re kind of bummed that we don’t have more Suzanne Collins in our lives.

Don’t get us wrong! Suzanne has her right to privacy. We don’t want her getting stalked by paparazzi or forcing her own image out all over the Internet. She has her own private life and freedoms and that is fabulous! The woman doesn’t owe us anything, obviously. We just miss her!

Since the first movie started filming, Suzanne Collins has essentially disappeared into the woodwork. There’s been a couple interviews with carefully selected sources (because if you can decide to only discuss your series with the New York Times and the like, good on ya!) She’s been to the movie premiere and she’s been spotted on set, but Hunger Games related sightings are at a minimum.

We understand that book tours or even book events a la JK Rowling aren’t her thing. And while some  great authors are on Tumblr and seem to manage the chaos rather successfully, we wouldn’t want Suzanne to put up with the pure idiocy that rages in their ask boxes or the hate blogs that pop up. But why not discuss the creation of the series on the DVD special features, instead of having others tell their interpretation of HER story? Did she not want to discuss any initial reservations in selling the movie rights or the script writing process or watching the film blossom from casting to the final product?

Then there’s interviews. Surely, there’s a few more reputable sources that can ask Suzanne intelligent, in-depth questions about her career and the series if she’s willing to answer them. It’s not because she needs the promotion– she certainly does not– but it’s a fascinating thing for us fangirl stalker types to read and read again!

Which leads us to this question: Is Suzanne Collins totally over it? Not the Hunger Games on the whole, mind you! We imagine she’s immensely proud of the series and will forever love it. But is she over discussing it? When something you’ve created becomes one of the most talked about topics in entertainment, maybe discussing it more feels like beating a dead horse? She’s probably answered the same questions a thousand times over, like a never-ending press junket from hell. Maybe Suzanne is so shy and modest that she doesn’t want to make a big deal out of this phenomenon, even while everybody else does. Maybe she really does just want to get some privacy while she raises her kids (and hopefully writes her next novel.) We’ve never been responsible for a phenomenon, so we can’t really tell you.

All we know is that we miss you, Suzanne! We respect your privacy, but girl, we love it when you briefly step out into the spotlight to promote your personal brand of spectacular!

Unless You’re Writing Another Book, In Which Case.. BACK TO WORK!
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7 comments

  1. Oh I do miss Suzanne Collins!!! Not only because I think she´s pretty awesome, but because I´ve been waiting for some kind of comment or reaction on her part about the new cast, the new director, etc. I completely understand she´s a very private person and she might not be interested in talking to the media, but, what about the fans?
    Dear Ms Collins (in case she´s reading), it would be so great if you just simply posted a comment on your facebook(?) like you did last year to talk about the script. For those of us who need reassurance about the Catching Fire project, as I call it, it would be so great to hear your thoughts…unless you´re sending a message by not saying anything…that´s my biggest fear.

  2. I so agree. Would love to hear more of her own words. I could only find a handful of interviews, video and written, in my initial search.

  3. As a writer, i’m concerned she could get writer’s block after the huge THG success. Who could live up to that?

  4. Suzanne pretty much eschewing the interview circuit could be for many reasons. But I wouldn’t be surprised if she saw the much more public approach other popular authors like Rowling took, noted the fan backlash to interview statements that were a little TOO detailed, and decided that she’d rather leave many things, such as Katniss’s motivations for how she voted when Coin proposed another Hunger Games, ambiguous.

    Where Rowling was concerned, it wasn’t just the infamous reveal of a certain character’s sexual orientation, or reveals about who married who, but certain other comments she made, such as what the Slytherin students did at the final battle, that many fans took as lame attempts to ret-con flaws in the books that really should have been fixed before they were published.

    Now, I’ve never subscribed to the “Suzanne Collins is a Goddess and is above all criticism” philosophy. So, I’d also venture to say that she might not want to address some of the gripes many people have made about how she ended Mockingjay. Or break fandom hearts by revealing that Katniss never spoke to Gale again (though 99% of post-MJ fanfics include a Katniss and Gale reconciliation), or that she didn’t REALLY mean it when she told Peeta “real” at the end fo MJ. Or that, as suspected, Katniss doesn’t really love her kids. Or that, a hundred years after the events of MJ, Plutarch was proven right and another terrible war took place that wound up wiping out all civilization, Etc, etc.

    1. Even though Katniss is a fictional character, it´s a bit far fetched to go as far as to say that she didn´t love her kids, even though Katniss is at times distant and makes decisions that might indicate her lack of empathy towards others.
      Something that bothers me about the end of Mockingjay is not how it ended, but how rushed everything was, a lot of details about many characters´ destinies are left unresolved. I think that might have been intentional on Suzanne Collins´ part. She left it up to us to come up to our own conclusions, that´s what I believe, or maybe she didn´t think it important to clarify what really happened. I suppose they will add some scenes to the Mockingjay movies that help tie those loose ends and I hope Suzanne Collins is part of the process of creating said new scenes

      1. Just to clarify, I don’t personally think that Katniss didn’t love her kids. I think that her singing the “In the Meadow” song to them that ends with “here is the place where I love you”, not to mention her concerns about how to tell them about the past without scaring them to death, are signs that she DOES love them.

        However, many people did get hung up on the lack of names for the kids, and the statement that “It took me 5, 10, 15 years to agree, but Peeta wanted them so badly”, as proof that Katniss only had kids because she felt she owed it to Peeta, not because she really wanted them herself, and so that MUST mean she doesn’t really love them.

        I do think, though, that much of the ambiguity SC leaves us with, such as whether Panem is really better off now than under Snow’s regimen, was meant to be deliberate. Much as I’m sure there’s much room for debate as to whether Iraq is better off now than under Hussein, whether Egypt is better off now than under Mubarak, whether Libya is better off now than under Gadhafi, etc., etc.

  5. @Satsuma oh i didn´t mean you thought Katniss didn´t love her kids, I just said that in a general way. Ms Collins sure is vague about the ends of not only the characters, but Panem as well. I can see your point as to how it´s open to debate if the future of Panem will be positive.

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