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.
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!
The Girl With The Pearl