(Warning for SPOILERS for the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy!)
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I haven't quite decided what I think of Katniss in Catching Fire, and I haven't finished Mockingjay yet. But I really, really love Katniss in The Hunger Games.
I'm reading along as a lurker at Mark Reads..., and although I enjoy Mark's commentary a lot, I disagree with a lot of his criticisms of Katniss in the first book. Or, more precisely, what he sees as weaknesses in her characterization are actually some of the things I like best about her.
He accuses her of having the emotional range of a teaspoon, and it's true that she doesn't have a lot of emotional or introspective moments. But I really love her persistent unsentimentality and think it's one of her strengths: she's not having moral crises or emotional breakdowns, she is Dealing With This Shit and doing whatever she can to survive.
I also enjoy how this trait of hers plays into the reversal of stereotypical gender roles in the relationship between her and Peeta. She's the unsentimental, fierce one who proactively goes after her enemies, while he's the gentler one with moral qualms about killing whose greatest strength is in defensive camouflage. One of my favorite quotes from the book:
"there's no question that he's carrying this romance thing on his shoulders. Now I see what the audience saw: how he misled the Careers about me, stayed awake all night under the tracker-jacker tree, fought Cato to let me escape and even while he lay in that mud bank, whispered my name in his sleep. I seem heartless in comparison--dodging fireballs, dropping nests, and blowing up supplies"
Katniss, I love you and your heartless, action-girl self. ♥
Speaking of Katniss and Peeta, Mark also expresses frustration in his commentaries about Katniss's complete cluelessness when it comes to romance. Personally, I don't think she's unrealistically clueless: partly, it's related to the fact that she's so focused on the need to fight and survive, but partly, some girls really are just clueless and blind when it comes to romance. I certainly am, and I very much enjoyed seeing that in Katniss as well.
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