Girl Power on the Big Screen
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably have heard of Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games because of all of the attention the movie is getting. There’s a reason. This isn’t Twilight. In fact, it’s the anti-Twilight. The premise?
The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive. -Wikipedia
It’s no secret I’m a huge advocate of strong female characters in television shows, movies, and books. The days of us women fainting at the sight of danger? Definitely over. (Unless you’re watching Twilight, in which case she’s probably collapsing in the middle of the woods while being consumed by her depression that her boyfriend broke up with her.)
In The Hunger Games, Katniss is the girl on fire. She’s a warrior, a fighter, but still retains her femininity. She can fight to the death and fall in love. And she does both in this epic story.
I love The Hunger Games because it’s such an engaging story. I took a hiatus from real life for a few days and lost myself in the series for a whole week, guzzling mugs of hot tea while I raced through the chapters. I emerged with a burned tongue and a desire to throw a javelin at something. I also thought, this would make a great movie.
So pick up the novel and read it before you see the movie. Trust me. It’s worth your time, and a pretty quick read.