There is just so much to love about Katniss Everdeen as a hero. I love that she is smart, resourceful and willing to do whatever it takes to survive, and protect her family. I love that in spite of the circumstances she finds herself in she never loses her humanity. I love that she allied with Rue in The Hunger Games. I love that she wanted misfits like Mags, Nuts and Volts on her team in Catching Fire. But most of all I love that in the end she chooses hope.
I couldn’t help but compare Katniss to another popular YA heroine, Bella Swan. I enjoyed the Twilight books, I truly did, but there were so many things about Bella that just made me want to strangle her! I mean she was willing to give up everything for a boy! Katniss would never have left her family behind, by choice, for some guy. Katniss may be seriously flawed, but for the most part her priorities are right.
Yes, there is a love triangle in The Hunger Games, but romance isn’t the most important part of these books. These books are about war, and what people are willing to sacrifice for freedom. And it’s told from the viewpoint of a 17 year old girl, who has to face hardships and make decisions that no kid should ever have to make.
I’m not a parent, but I always thought that if I ever have children, that there are certain books that I want to share with them, especially if I have a daughter. I want her to read Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, Emily of New Moon, Harry Potter, and now The Hunger Games.
I want my daughter to read about characters that are strong, that stand up for what they believe in, that are fiercely loyal to their family and friends, and that have confidence in themselves. These are the things I love best about the characters I mentioned above, and I want my children, if I ever have any, to know and love these characters as well.
And if my future kid is anything like me, Katniss Everdeen will definitely be a favorite.
So, have you read The Hunger Games Trilogy? What did you think? Any favorite characters? If you are a parent, do you have any books that you want to share with your kids?
This post originally ran in 2012, and has been updated.