The Girl on Fire… The Mockingjay… Sufferer of PTSD… Katniss Everdeen.
If you haven’t yet read the Hunger Games, this post isn’t for you because… (movie-goers beware…) *SPOILERS AHEAD!*
I love the Hunger Games. I’ve read the books multiple times now and plan to read them multiple times more! The emotions that the reader is made to feel through Katniss are intense. I normally would not want to imagine being put into such a horrific situation, but these books MAKE me. I can’t help but wonder, would I survive if I were in the games? And I know the answer… No, I wouldn’t. I would run like the wind away from the cornucopia and I would hide. But since my strategy would be to hide and since I would have no way of getting food (how the heck does one hunt, or fish, or even know which berries will kill you?) the game makers would probably either leave me to starve (too boring for viewers) or, the more likely choice, send horrible fireballs my way until I ran right on back to where the Careers could tear me apart. *BOOM* Dead.
But Katniss survives. Although, I never had any doubts. For one she is the protagonist and there are two more books… And for another, she is extremely resourceful due to the Capitol’s treatment of the people of District Twelve. Especially those from the Seam. (I couldn’t remember that name and had to look it up… I ended up spending a half an hour reading about the different districts… Oops!)
I think my favourite thing about the Hunger Games is how Katniss reacts after the first Games. She is messed up (which makes complete sense). Her reaction to the announcement that she will be going back into the games is perfect. And once she is rescued from the second Games, her reaction to everyone and everything is spot on. How she hides away and does not want to be a part of the rebellion. How she ignores her daily schedules and breaks the rules.
The thing I HATE about the Hunger Games (Yes, there is something I hate) is that freaking Katniss and freaking Peeta end up together in the end. I’m sorry, but this girl is messed up. She could never have been with Gale because he is too extreme for the hurt and PTSD affected Katniss. But she should not have ended up with Peeta either. She cared for him, yes, but more as a friend. More as a person who had been through the same things as her and had helped her through much of it. And the fact that they have children just seems out of character. Katniss says she never wants to have children because she would not want to raise them in the messed up world that she was raised in. Yes, that world has changed, but things are still messed up and unsettled. I just don’t think she really would have chosen to have children…
Anyway, now that I have written this, I really want to reread the trilogy yet again… Oh, and I want to watch Mockingjay Part One… (I haven’t seen it yet. I know, I know… What’s wrong with me, right?)