I went into this book knowing that there was a female protagonist. My greatest fear when there is such, becomes the deterioration, and dumbing down of the character over the entire span of the book. The majority of the books that I read make it a point to both empower, and appreciate the female characters and that, even as a male reader, makes me happy. I would hope that at this day in age we are all tired of the “weaker female” or the one that needs to be saved. Or even worse, a female that starts off strong and confident, but then she falls in love and becomes mush, not knowing how to be her old self and embracing the fact that she now needs a man’s help. So to say that I went into this book with much trepidation is an understatement. Thankfully I awaited a very pleasant suprise in the final few chapters.
For all those concerned about being spoiled I would ask you to please stop reading, for it is a very well done book and I wish to not ruin it for anyone.
Katniss is one of the stronger female characters I have had the pleasure of reading. She might be small in stature but she is strong in her convictions and is truly the girl on fire. Not only does she successfully pair with one of the “weaker” girls she also saves her male counterpart! I feared when Katniss began to fall in love, but I see the author did so to not soften her, but to give depth. Her defiance to not sit back and accept what she is given through the entirety of the book is very much refreshing for something so mainstream. I know that there are two other books within the series, I actually have them both next to my bed on my “To Read” stack. However I trust this author now, and expect the same strong Katniss that I have been charmed by and cheered on.
My hope, is that due to the success of this series, people will come closer to rebuking the princess that needs saving archetype. Authors need to put faith in their characters and their fans. Have a self-saving princess because believe me its not just females who want to read about it. Unfotunately, some of the mediums I love, manga and anime, seem to have an issue working away from that drivel; mostly because of the amount sold.
The Hunger Games movie comes out the 23rd. It needs to be well done. It needs to be accurate. Most important of which, it needs to have the girl on fire. If they pull the stupid Hollywood love story with a weak female angle I will be extremely disappointed, as I plan to be at the first showing. I hope we all enjoy it, and may the odds be ever in our favor.