Since I unfortunately was unable to attend the second How I Write event, I instead chose to watch an interview of Suzanne Collins discussing how/why she wrote the Hunger Games Trilogy
I found it very interesting to listen to an interview with Suzanne Collins about how and why she writes. As a big fan of the Hunger Games trilogy myself, I was very curious as to how she came up with the idea and the characters, and what her plan was for the story when she initially began to write it.
I think the concept of coming up with a completely alternate story-world with such intricate detail and developed characters is completely fascinating and incredible. I have never understood how someone like J.K. Rowling thought up Harry Potter in her head. The same goes for the Hunger Games. There are so many different story lines and specific details about how the world works, and that is what makes the trilogy so rich and intriguing. Collins spoke about how she was initially inspired for the idea of the Hunger Games through her love for Greek Mythology. She also mentions that she was flipping through some reality television shows and being bombarded with images of young people participating in various competitions doing crazy activities for rewards. Juxtaposed with this, she was seeing images of the Iraq war on the news. She says these two things kind of came together in her mind in a very disturbing and chilling way, and this sparked the idea for the Hunger Games. It is very interesting to see how different aspects and things you are exposed to in your life can come together and create this story.
I was also wondering a lot about what the writing process was like for these books. Collins speaks about not knowing that the book would become a trilogy when she first wrote it. She focused on the first book only initially and just wrote that as its own story. However, when it continued to evolve, she realized that the tale was not over and she would need to continue. She talks about how she did plan out the basic ides for the next books, but she has found that it is not good to over-plan. Sometimes it is better to just let the story evolve and see where it takes you. I really like this idea because I am someone who generally tends to over-plan my writing, but I have learned this year that sometimes it is better to just write (like a shitty first draft) and see where it takes you.