I like to think of myself as a writer, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get to the caliber of someone like Suzanne Collins. If you don’t know who she is, she wrote the Hunger Games Trilogy. She created Katniss Everdeen in her brain. This is sort of going to be a dual post, because it’s half about Katniss and half about her creator. The character of Katniss Everdeen is an inspiration to me because she doesn’t want what she gets. She is an unwilling heroine. But, even though she’d rather give up, she never does, because the people she loves are counting on her. It is what I hope I would be like, if put in a situation where heroism might be necessary. I would like to think that I would go to the ends of the earth to protect the people I love. I would like to think that I would give up my life for them. I think I would. But Katniss… she doesn’t even hesitate. She inspires me.
So, naturally, her creator is what I aspire to be like. I want to be able to create characters in my mind that are so beloved by readers that the readers fight for them and their happiness. I want to be so aware of my characters that all of her actions make sense, even if they don’t make readers happy. I want to build a world so vast and futuristic that, if a movie was made about my story, it would have special effects galore, just to keep up. I want that for my writing.
Not a lot is known about Suzanne Collins, at least by me. I know that she got the idea for The Hunger Games after switching between coverage of the Iraq War and a reality show on the television. I know she was part of the production of the movies, and had a say in the casting. But I know very little about her, otherwise. And I kind of like that. I want to be that person. Yes, I love JK Rowling, but I’d rather be lesser known. But I want that and to be the creator of something that changes people’s lives.
Suzanne Collins inspires me to write better, more consciously, to be completely aware of my characters, to know them inside and out. I would never want readers to question what they do, because I want them to know that the character is in good hands, because I know her. I know her. That’s my favorite thing about writing. I create someone who becomes my best friend.
But I’m still trying to find my Katniss.
So what will I do? I will keep writing, always. That’s the only way to improve, after all.