by, 3rd June 2013 at 02:30 PM (185 Views)
About four years ago, I picked up a novel titled The Hunger Games. I completely fell in love with it. It wasn't so much the actual plot that did it though; it was the characters. Peeta who wanted more than anything to prove that his life meant something, Katniss who would bear what she didn't need to out of love, Rue who accepted dystopian society but somehow made it bearable. Well, as a teenage girl, I love the entire strong female character thing. Naturally, I fell in love with Katniss. Of course, two and half years ago, Mockingjay was released. I finished it within two days and absolutely hated it.
So with Catching Fire being released this September, my friends had a discussion about Collin's trilogy. Which thus inspired this rant.
The main reason I loved Katniss was because she was strong; she did what she had to do. After her father died, she became provider of the family. After the 74th Hunger Games, she played up the romance between her and Peeta. Of course, those of you who have read the series know that this doesn't continue. In reality, it started with Catching Fire. That was when Katniss started contemplating romance and protecting Peeta. Of course, with quotes such as "I really can't think about kissing when I've got a rebellion to incite," I was able to ignore Katniss's change in character. Well, until that fateful day in September 2010.
The first half of Mockingjay is comparable to Meyer's New Moon. Both female characters lie around and mope about how bitterly unfair their lives are, as Severus Snape would put it. Yes, Katniss has an excuse to mope; her district has been destroyed. But here she either forgets or chooses to ignore why she is fighting. And even more infuriating, she forgets about everyone else who is fighting. To borrow Christopher Paolini's metaphor, she is the spear-tip in the effort and the other districts are the shaft. She is needed to be a symbol of rebellion and, for a long time, she chooses not to do it. Yes, she is suffering, but so is every other rebel. She forgets Prim and Rue and by doing so, forgets of her obligation to others. Here I'll take a moment to blame Hermione from making my standard for female characters high.
There are other things I could put here, but most of those are petty. I guess they also don't matter in the end. I still have the first edition prints of the trilogy and will see all the films. And of course, rant about them when they come out.
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