March 22, 2012

Katniss Everdeen



After the Harry Potter movie series ended last year, there was a void left for me. Luckily, a patient of mine suggested The Hunger Games series. I think I can speak for both Lani and I that we have no tolerance for feeble and ineffective protagonist so it was a revelation to discover the circumspect, unflinching and at the same time very human Katniss Everdeen. More of the world will know of her on Friday when The Hunger Games movie opens in cinemas.

If you're unfamiliar with the books, The Hunger Games is set in a futuristic dystopian society in North America. The country (known as Panem) has been divided into districts (there are 12) and all are controlled by The Capitol. As a way to quell an uprising, each year the Capitol requires each district to send 2 Tributes (a girl and boy between the ages of 12-18) into an arena to fight to the death. Katniss volunteers to be a tribute to take her sister, Prim's place as her name has been selected. That act of love and selflessness is immediately admirable in this reluctant heroine. It's a good read as one discovers Katniss' inner monologue as the plot unfolds. Although always conflicted and sometimes askew, her disposition comes from a pure desire to do the right thing. It's a refreshing change to get to meet a heroine who is thoughtful and NOT helpless that I devoured all 3 books of the series. I might add that it is leaps and bounds from Twilight when I gave up on Bella Swan halfway through the first book from annoyance and irritation. I don't need my heroines to be fearless nor strong but I want them to be introspective and have character and integrity. For sure, Katniss has an excess of those.

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