The Hunger Games is such an amazing, breathtaking and action-filled story about survival, evilness, goodness, betrayal, love, family values, ethics, discrimination and rebellion. It’s set in a dystopian future, but the topics are fully relatable to our world today. It’s also a groundbreaking book with its female lead character and the way it shows the woman’s perspective.
Katniss Everdeen is one of the strongest female protagonists in history. Not only for the heroic way in which she faces the challenges, fears and horrors, or how she’s a fighter, a survivor and a hunter, or how she’s stronger and better than most boys, but because she’s not at all dependent on boys or focused on finding love. She doesn’t need a guy to be fulfilled.
Yes, I do know that there is not only one, but two guys, that she has feelings for, but it’s not the main focus of the story. Whatever Gale or Peeta are thinking or feeling for her, it does not consume all of Katniss’s mind or influence her decisions or actions. The romance, the love triangle, is there, but it’s happening more or less in the background while Katniss is busy surviving, saving her family and leading a revolution.
Before The Hunger Games (with the exception of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a few others), most teen stories had female protagonists focusing primarily on their feelings, often fighting passion and lust for the “wrong guy”, and girls not really having any ambitions or wanting or doing anything for themselves, but spending most of her time wondering what the boy was thinking and feeling. So this way, that Suzanne Collins let Katniss really fight for herself and be both strong and broken at the same time, was absolutely amazing and one of the main reasons that I love this book so much. And then add all the action, the nerve-wracking games, the epic battles, the amazing world-building, the complex characters and the hope, love and friendship in the midst of the dark dystopian setting and I truly believe that this series will be seen as a classic that will be read for years and years to come.
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