MTV’s Hollywood Crush has taken a while to catch up to the rest of us…declaring what many of us have always known…that Katniss Everdeen is the best female protagonist. Ever!
Kara Warner says that every once in a while, a book comes along that reminds her of why she fell in love with reading in the first place.
The Hunger Games series took all of us to another time and place and for many of us once we picked it up there was NO putting it down.
I’m late to the party on this, I know, but as of last weekend, I am totally and obsessively on board. Never mind the fact that Suzanne Collins‘ story alone is absolutely captivating, jarring and heartbreaking all at once, but our heroine Katniss Everdeen is quite possibly THE best female protagonist ever.
Her post points out that this is a leading lady with REAL problems, survival being first and foremost. As it points out, in the world Katniss lives in, there’s no place for “pithy talk of material goods, gossip, boyfriends; not a word about teenage angst or lingering, swoony glances across a room.” Katniss, Kara writes, is focused on keeping her loved ones alive. And I agree with her wholeheartedly, when she says it’s refreshing.
Kara goes on to explain:
Part of the reason why this “girl who was on fire” appeals so much to me is that she has—even if she doesn’t know it at first—so many of the qualities I admire most in women: strength, resilience, intelligence, independence, self-awareness. More importantly, she is NOT perfect. At all. She struggles with the weight of overwhelming responsibility, second-guesses her actions, self-defensively pushes away her emotions, etc. When young men come into her life, as they are wont to do, Katniss’ initial resistance and self-discovery in this respect is as wonderfully perfect and touching as it is heart wrenching. She is real and raw. And she has stayed with me long after I finished what I hope to be, the final words of her story.
So do you agree with Kara? Is Katniss the best female protoganist ever?
Category: The Books