By Danielle Meeker, Regular ContributorNovember 21, 2015
image via thehungergames.wikea.com
Let me go on record and say that I CANNOT WAIT for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 to come to theaters on November 20th. It’s so soon! Now, I’m a girl who grew up with Harry Potter for the most part, and I admit... I liked Twilight when it came out too. However, The Hunger Games resonates with me because of the main character, Katniss Everdeen.
Strong doesn’t seem like a big enough word to describe Katniss.
In the first book and movie, Katniss volunteers for her younger sister to take part in a tournament style battle that will most likely result in death. She goes on to survive the games and, over the course of multiple books, becomes the face of a rebellion, pitting oppressed districts against the domineering Capital. Even though she is a fictional character, Katniss serves as a role model for girls: a symbol of bravery and resilience. That’s what I love about her.
There is something to be said about standing up for what you believe in.
To me, the popularity of The Hunger Games stems from being able to fight for what’s right and to fight for those you love. In addition, the main character is a girl…something that, though I wish was more prevalent in popular books and movies, is not as common as one might think. She shows everyone, but especially young girls, that anything is possible with enough confidence and conviction. I love that.
Have you seen The Hunger Games? Did Katniss inspire you? What other characters inspire bravery for you? Tell us below!
Danielle has a BA in English, emphasis in Creative Writing. She is a marine mammal trainer on Oahu, working with dolphins, sea lions and penguins. She loves singing, photography, iced coffee, and everything water related. Check out her YouTube channel DanielleMeekerTalks and Instagram @dmeekertalks.
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