Suzanne Marie Collins (b. August 10, 1962) is an author of speculative fiction for kids and a screenwriter. She was born to a military pilot and spent her childhood in fear of losing him (that Vietnam thing, y'know), and it shows.By far her best known work is The Hunger Games and its sequels, but she also wrote The Underland Chronicles for a younger audience. Before her career as a novelist, she served as a writer on several Nickelodeon shows, including Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files Of Shelby Woo, and the Kids' WB! cartoon Generation O!!
Works by Suzanne Collins with their own trope pages include:
Her works contain examples of:
- First Person Snarker: Quite a bit in The Hunger Games.
- Food Porn: Both The Hunger Games and, to a lesser extent, The Underland Chronicles contain descriptions of lavish meals, making for interesting Mood Whiplashes when contrasted with some of the other things described in them.
- Grey and Gray Morality: Well yeah, in her works, no faction is entirely perfect.
- Primal Fear: She seems to be a fan of these. Her books are filled with deadly bugs (sometimes deadly giant bugs), vicious animals, burning/drowning/disembowelment/horrifically cruel deaths, and being eaten alive (often by bugs or vicious animals).
- Plot Twists/Twist Endings: Quite a few.
- Rule of Three: In both The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games, each book consists of three parts, which in turn consist of nine (three times three) chapters each.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Not surprising, considering her father was one.
- Signature Style: Her preferred strokes include: young heroes with younger siblings they would do anything to protect; deadpan snarkers, world-weary mentors who use sarcasm and put-downs in their training, authority figures who later turn out to be evil, a balance of good and evil to both sides, beloved characters dying suddenly, and villains somehow connected to white.
- Sliding Scale of Shiny Versus Gritty: Regalia and the rats' realm in The Underland Chronicles, Capitol and the districts in The Hunger Games.