Thursday, March 29, 2012

Creative Inspiration for The Hunger Games

Last weekend, the film The Hunger Games generated revenues of $155 million; a new record for a film which is not a sequel.  It places third for opening weekends overall,  behind last year’s “Harry Potter” finale and “The Dark Knight.”

Suzanne Collins, the author of the The Hunger Games, says that her inspiration came from channel surfing on television. The competition between contestants on a reality show and footage of the invasion of Iraq "began to blur in this very unsettling way" to form the main idea for the book. Throw in the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and Roman gladiatorial games and you have a recipe for a powerful series of books and movies.

This is a perfect formula for stimulating creativity. By combining a variety of experiences in a new way, something magic can happen.

What inspires your creativity?

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