Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Why Suzy C Succeeds (or She Sells Best Sells By the Sea Load)

Tip of the Day: Put your copy of MOCKINGJAY on hold at your library today if you haven't already bought it!


The sound above is both a happy sigh and a sad scream that I've read the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy.

What I realized after talking to my manpanion about MOCKINGJAY is that one of the reasons those books are so addicting is Suzanne Collins' ability to create characters that are both consistent AND unpredictable. You get to know and love the MC, think you know how she will behave, but then she's thrown into a bad situation and comes up with her own perfect solutions to them that you never saw coming -- yet fit perfectly with what the MC would do.

Yeah. Figure that one out. And keep that in mind as you read MOCKINGJAY and tell me what you think about it -- or how Ms. Collins does it (other than her brilliance).

Happy reading!

Deena, Miss Subbing for Pubbing


Lisa Schroeder said...

I don't know how she wrote that book. It must have been brutal to write. So many scenes to describe that would throw me into despair! And so dark. Sad. I hope she went to a really happy place after she finished that book.

DeenaML said...

Yes! I know I mentioned to you that she put a lot of her memories of her father talking war strategy with her and his other kids when they were little. I think it was just part of her life and a story she needed to tell. But dark and sad.