Ransom Riggs, one of New York Times Bestselling Authors, is celebrating 41 years of life today. Ransom was born on a 200-year-old farm in Maryland in 1979. From there his family moved to Englewood, Florida, where he grew up learning to love the power of the arts.
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At a young age, Riggs started writing stories on an old typewriter that was in his childhood home. His interest in the arts quickly grew, when he became obsessed with photography after receiving a camera as a Christmas present. Photography turned into films when he found a half-broken video camera. This inspired Riggs and his friends to create their own videos, where they were the stars in their own bedrooms and backyards.
Riggs attended the Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, where he continued to work on the development of his skills. He went onto Kenyon College where he received a degree in English Literature, and later attended the University of Southern California earning a degree in film.
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With his growing knowledge of the arts, Riggs hoped to enter the film festival in order to be discovered. Instead, he went on to blogging for Mental Floss, which granted him the opportunity to work on The Sherlock Holmes Handbook “that went along with the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film.”
In 2011, Riggs published his first novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which was based on many old photographs that he collected. A year later, Riggs “published another book inspired by old photographs, called Talking Pictures,” and later went on to publish two sequels to the Miss Peregrine’s Home series, Hollow City and Library of Souls.
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was later adapted into a movie on September 30, 2016. Receiving mixed reviews, the movie adaptation was able to gross $296.5 million worldwide with its budget of $110 million. This leads me to believe that the movie did well in profit, despite the mixed reviews that it received.
Riggs has his own page, RϟR where he provides insight into the books that he has done, short films that he has created, photos he has taken, and any events that he will hold. Riggs is more than a novelist; he is an artist that continues to find ways to express his passions.
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