Is Suzanne Collins’ Writing Style the Future?

Suzanne Collins has captivated readers all over the world with The Hunger Games trilogy. But was it the content of the books or her writing style that made the books so monumental?

According to this Huffington Post blog post, blogger Jeff Goins suggested that Collins’ writing style is the successful writing style of the future: short and concise, but also edgy. But blogger Lev Raphael argues that if this style is the future of writing, it will only bring on a rush of bestseller copycats.

What he’s arguing for, whether he knows it or not, is myriad knock-offs of The Hunger Games, books written to what might seem like a formula, or has been turned into one.

The result would be a raft of terrible books, as well as disappointed authors who think, “My books is just as good as The Hunger Games, why can’t I sell it?” or “Why isn’t anyone buying my book?” Hell, that’s probably going to happen anyway, without his encouragement.

I agree with Raphael to some extent; of course, bestseller copycats would be produced. And of course, they won’t all be  as good as the original bestsellers.

However, as a person who reads both modern and classic books, I agree that the books of yesteryear are much more difficult to read. The modern ones — like The Hunger Games — are made for those with shorter attention spans who have less time to analyze, and I think it’s safe to say that is almost everyone these days. There’s something to be said for a concise writing style, even though it may not be so eloquent. What do you think? Is Collins’ style the future? Or will writing with flowery language continue to thrive?


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6 responses to “Is Suzanne Collins’ Writing Style the Future?

  1. I think there are lots of shifts between flowery and more straight forward writing. Collins’ style might be in vogue now, but their will be a return to the more ornate eventually.

  2. I think Collins’ writing is definitely the trend (or about to be), but I don’t believe concise writing equals less eloquent. In fact, if something can be said in less words it can make it more beautiful. So I’m not sad to lose lengthy passages, but I’m also of generation ADD so my opinion is probably mute.

  3. Amritorupa Kanjilal

    Sheesh Lara, I hope not!. While I enjoyed THG, I found Collin’s writing style pathetically bad. repetitive, predictable, and miserably unfunny. I’m not a fan of the flowery style myself, but I hope the future brings us something better than Suzanne Collins.

  4. Casey

    The writing style was painful until I could tune it out. The book has weird tensing, inproper comma placement and incomplete sentences. She likes to start sentences as a continuation of the previous thought. It is jarring and creates an uncomfortable flow. I realize that this may be related to the first-person present tense but it is inconsistent and choppy.

    Good story, bad writer. I hope this isn’t the future.

  5. Ashley

    I didn’t enjoy the incomplete ending. It was too fast – almost as if she was just trying to finish the story quickly. She took shortcuts. Although, I did enjoy the reality of what the book entailed. Peeta and Katniss will have to live through life with the repercussions of PTSD, flashbacks, and depression. The story was great, and even with the atrocities that occurred, Collins showed as much as picture perfect as could be.

  6. openeyedamerican

    The reason Suzanne Collins writing style is so appreciative, is she is so good at the “show don’t tell” writer thing. She says it with less words, with thought provoking metaphors. What people don’t get (other than the young, such as 6th-8th graders who tend to be more open, aware and creative) is that the Hunger Games is totally an anti-war theme. Suzanne Collin’s message is loud and clear for minds not stuck in the primitive notion USA’s wars “serve” our nation beyond our war economy bringing us down in global peace today. A corrupt capital putting innocent teens into the gladiator ring (battle), while people blindly cheer them on with “honor”, the war profiteering media glorifying it all with glittery show of “love” and “respect”. The teens finally realizing we (America today, an apocalypse now depicted as future Sci Fi) don’t NEED our war games, that they don’t want what it turns them into, that they can simply say… It reflects USA’s Hunger Games with our perpetual violence for profit culture. Yet, so ingrained in our brains is the American Way of War, the message lost onto too many. In this respect, Collins would do better with saying it as it is, rather than dance around her horrific upbringing she tries to convey. Her father, who was a victim of America’s “Hunger Games” in Vietnam, became very anti-war and taught his kids the truth. Sometimes the truth hurts. Our war games are disgusting.

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