Suzanne Collins is probably best known for the Hunger Games trilogy. These books describe a dystopian future where children fight to the death in an annual televised event. The books and film adaptations of the story provide a view into a world that is violent and filled with political unrest.
Fans of Collins’s work may be surprised, then, to discover that her other writing credits are not nearly as dark or violent. In fact, she got her start as a writer creating episodes for many feel-good children’s television shows on Nickelodeon.
Starting in 1991, Collins wrote episodes for popular shows like Clarissa Explains It All, Little Bear and Clifford’s Puppy Days. She went on to write some picture books as well as a successful series of epic fantasy novels called The Underland Chronicles. These books deal with some of the darker themes that would eventually be explored in The Hunger Games, but the tone of the books is not nearly as dark as in the best-selling dystopian series.
Interestingly, Suzanne Collins is hardly the first writer to cut her teeth on children’s programming. R.L. Stine, famous for writing scary stories for young readers, was a writer and co-creator for the puppet-driven kid’s show Eureeka’s Castle.