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Suzanne Collins’ Favorite Novels as a Teen

Posted on November 24th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Movies.

So…have you seen Catching Fire yet? Superfans of Suzanne Collins may want to check out this interview she gave at the National Book Festival a couple years ago. It includes something I hadn’t read about her before: her own favorite books as a teen! What better way to figure out a writer’s mind than study what she likes to read — especially what she read during her formative years?

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  • Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Boris by Jaapter Haar
  • Germinal by Emile Zola
  • Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Best of all, you can prove your superfandom by reading these books yourself. Yep, they’re all available at the library! (With the exception of Boris, which is out of print.) Have you already read any of these titles? Do you think they might have influenced Collins’ thinking in writing The Hunger Games trilogy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!