Favorite Characters #3
Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
I’ve squeed about The Hunger Games many times before on this site and will probably continue to do so for at least a few years, if not for the rest of my life. I’ve found both the books and the movies (at least those created so far) both excellent and engaging. This is mainly due to the awesomeness of a main character who could so easily have been awful and boring or even awful boring. (or boring awful?)
To start off, Katniss is a young female protagonist. In a YA book. And if trends are to be taken into account, this is a recipe for cringe-worthy romance with a slight spicing of dystopia.
But it’s not.
There is romance, sure. But it’s secondary to the real problems that take place in the book and, (this part is important), Katniss treats it as such. Even in the second and third books, when things move a little further into questionable romance territory, the politics, the war, the survival always comes first. You know, like they would realistically.
She’s also got the reluctant hero thing down. Add in an underdog storyline, a tragic backstory, and a world ripe for revolution, and *ding ding ding* I think we have a winner, folks. At this point, the satire on modern day American media/celebrity culture is mere icing on the cake.
Movie bonus: Jennifer Lawrence is a phenomenal actress who brings just the right amount of subtlety to the role. Translating the constant internal dialogue of the books to mere facial expressions is not easily done, but Lawrence handles the challenge with ease.
I swear this is becoming more like an endless list of books/movies/shows to read/watch, but you really should read/see The Hunger Games series if you haven’t already.
Okay. The squee is done now, I swear. You can come out of your bunkers.
Posted on March 8, 2014, in Fav February and tagged Catching Fire, fav february, favorite characters, favorite characters #3, Jennifer Lawrence, Katniss Everdeen, the hunger games. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Favorite Characters #3.