Suzanne Collins Talks War and Children’s Literature

Maral Cavner has worked as an intern in the Missouri Attorney General’s office as well as for the International Campaign for Tibet. While a student in the Atlanta area, Maral Cavner had the opportunity to act in the Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Harrelson.

In anticipation of the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, author Suzanne Collins recently sat down with TIME Magazine to discuss both the difficulties and importance of writing war-driven novels for a young adult and adolescent audience. Collins discussed her intention of writing stories that deal with war for readers of every age, beginning with The Underland Chronicles and ending with the recent children’s book Year of the Jungle. Among the complexities Collins tried to expound upon with The Hunger Games, specifically Catching Fire, is the idea of a necessary war. In the Hunger Games universe, the majority of the population is oppressed and brutalized for the benefit and entertainment of a minority upper class, and Collins noted that this situation sets the stage for a necessary war.