Why I Love...Katniss Everdeen

Today's topic for "Why I Love Wednesday" is one that I can write about forever...Favorite Character.  There are so many characters that I've fallen in love with in all of my reading adventures.  Of course the majority of them come from Harry Potter (naturally), but I have loved others:  Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief, Charlotte Doyle from The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Bertie from 44 Scotland Street, Joe Morelli from the Stephanie Plum series, Minnie from The Help, Edgar Sawtelle from The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, John Thornton from North and South, and on and on and on...honestly.

But for this post, I'm going with Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy.  Katniss is, for lack of a better word, a badass!  She shows what a true heroine should be.  While she starts in a place that some might consider a little selfish and contained, her character develops in such a beautiful way that she becomes something to be admired.  She loses a lot of her tough, though warranted, exterior and learns to adapt in unexpected situations.  Something that people should strive to emulate.  Without adaption, there is a lack of evolution (both personal and societal) and Katniss' character shows how change is possible.
Especially in a market of YA books that revolves around and relies heavily on vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural loves/aspects, Katniss presents teen girls, specifically, with a character they can look up to and learn something from.  Instead of presenting readers with a girl whose life soon revolves around her often controlling love interest, Collins has given the world a true female heroine.  Someone who knows about sacrifice and perserverance.  Someone who alters her approach to life as the story progresses.  Someone who is brave, independent, admirable, courageous, and incredibly resourceful.  This is the type of character that young people should rally around.  Not a weak girl who is mesmerized by amber eyes and cold skin.*  Bravo and thank you, Suzanne Collins, for giving the world this character. 

*Though I must admit that I do enjoy the Twilight series and the like :)

Comments

  1. I love her too :) One of my favorites, though, is Sam Wise Gamgee . . . a real friend.

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    1. Oh, Judy! How could I forget Sam Wise?! I do love him. Such a great character.

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  2. I love Katniss too! Even more importantly, I love the other characters you mentioned as well. I think our reading likes are very similar. I also like how Katniss is so human even when she is a badass. She isn't invincible and she is emotionally connected. She makes mistakes too!

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  3. Solid character, I agree. Wasn't too taken by the whole "werewolf-thing" ending of the first book, but I'm certainly glad I read the book. Perhaps someday I'll read the other two books in the series!

    Dave the Goof

    PS Thanks for the list of recommendations in the opening paragraph! Just what I need! More new books to read! Guess I should take a break from Fantasy novels for a while anyway...

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    1. I would recommend the other two...the third specifically. And you're welcome for the book recommendations :)

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