Seven years after we first fell in love with Katniss Everdeen in the pages of "The Hunger Games," the woman who created her is finally saying goodbye.
Suzanne Collins, the author of the trilogy, penned a beautiful thank-you-and-farewell letter to all things Panem on her publisher's website, in honor of the long-awaited "Mockingjay, Part 2" premiere.
"I’m thrilled with how this quartet of films, which I find both faithful to the books and innovative in its own right, has been brought to life on the screen," Collins wrote.
The author expressed her gratitude and admiration for everyone involved in the "Hunger Games" movies, from directors Gary Ross and Francis Lawrence, to the producers and crew, to the cast. But her highest praise was saved for Jennifer Lawrence, who got a huge, heartfelt thank you for her performance as the heroine of the franchise:
"There’s no Hunger Games without Katniss. I hoped for someone good enough, and I got someone who exceeded all my expectations. Jennifer Lawrence, your emotional depth, luminous presence, and sheer power carry this story and I will always be grateful to you for opening the door and allowing it to come into your life."
Read Collins' gorgeous goodbye in its entirety on the Scholastic blog.