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Suzanne Collins on the books she loves

Suzanne-CollinsImage Credit: Todd PlittBella who? These days it’s all about Katniss Everdeen, the tough-as-nails 16-year-old star of Suzanne Collins’ hugely popular post-apocalyptic series. When the first novel, The Hunger Games, blazed onto the scene in September 2008, it became an immediate best-seller. Stephenie Meyer wrote on her blog, “I was so obsessed with this book I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so 
I wouldn’t have to stop reading,” and 
Stephen King reviewed it for EW, calling it “a violent, jarring speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense.” 
 Catching Fire, the second book in the trilogy, was published to equal hubbub in September, prompting Lionsgate to snatch the series’ film rights—though the question of who will play Katniss is still up in the air. 
 Now Scholastic has ordered a massive 
 1.2 million first printing of Mockingjay, which goes on sale Aug. 24. So it seemed like a pretty good time to give Collins our 
EW book quiz.

Entertainment Weekly: Which classic have you never read—but pretended you did?

Suzanne Collins: I sort of half read Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge. It was assigned in 10th grade, and I just couldn’t get into it. About seven years later I rediscovered Hardy, and consumed four of his novels in a row. Katniss Everdeen owes her last name to Bathsheba Everdene, the lead character in Far From the Madding Crowd. The two are very different, but both struggle with knowing their hearts.

What book would you use to swat 
 a fly?

I try to catch flies in cups and put them outside. After
 I wrote The Underland Chronicles…well, once you start naming cockroaches, you lose your edge.

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Final 'Hunger Games' novel has been given a title and a cover

For fans starving for news on the Hunger Games series, there’s good news: Scholastic has revealed new details on the final book in Suzanne Collins’ YA trilogy. The new cover continues the previous books’ ornithological theme, and the latest entry will be titled Mockingjay, after the hybrid birds that feature in the novels’ storyline.

The previous two books, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, were set in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by a ruthless and powerful authoritarian government that sponsors violent games of survival. Details on the plot of the final novel, which is set to release Aug. 24, are being kept under tight lock-and-key, although Scholastic VP Editorial Director David Levithan did reveal a jokey list of story elements that will most definitely not be appearing in Mockingjay, including “At no point does President Snow utter the line, ‘This is Snowmageddon, baby’” and “In a tough editorial call, we decided not to have Katniss win the Hunger Games…only to be interrupted by Kanye West.” Not too much to go on for those hoping for a glimpse of how the series will end, so it looks like fans will just have to wait. “That was about as much as we could get out of him,” says publicist Tracy van Straaten. “I probably won’t be reading the book myself until August 24th.”

So, Shelf-Lifers, are you excited for the conclusion? Can you wait until August?

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