Katniss Everdeen

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K is for Katniss.

I am a huge Hunger Games fan and part of that is because Katniss is such a fascinating, flawed and fun character.

Suzanne Collins does a good job of giving us a strong female character who is not perfect or always selfless, but is ultimately trying to do what is right while still protecting herself and those she cares about.  Does she make mistakes?  Of course.  But is she in completely unimaginable situations where the “right” choice can never be easy? Absolutely.  I wasn’t always happy with her choices, but I cared about her and wanted her to survive.

And I wanted her to pick Peeta.  I’m totally Team Peeta.  Not Team Josh Hutcherson, though.  First of all he is such a kid.  But also while very adorable and funny, he was not at all what I envisioned for Peeta.  I have no hate for JHutch, but I just imagine Peeta differently.

I love the casting of the movie in general though. Jennifer Lawrence is absolutely a great pick for Katniss.  I thoroughly enjoy her interviews and press promoting the movies, so for that alone, I appreciate the casting.  But I really think she does a good job of portraying the range of emotion we see in the character in the book.

I would not have imagined Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, but I love him in the role.  Brilliant.  Stanley Tucci as Caeser Flickerman?  Perfect.  Woody Harrelson as Haymitch. Greatness.  I really loved Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch.  Such a tragic loss there, and not just as Plutarch.  😦

I enjoy the movies a lot, but I love the books.  I remember hearing about them and can remember posting on Facebook as I bought the first one that I hoped it lived up to the hype.  Days later when I had blown through the whole series, I would argue that it exceeded my expectations.  I can’t pinpoint what it is I love so much.  But I love returning to the story.  There’s a lot of tension, but a lot of humor, too.  (Boggs saying “Don’t expect us to be impressed. We just saw Finnick O’Dair in his underwear.”  Hilarious.)

Of course the romantic in me loves the Katniss/Peeta storyline.  I loved his love for her.  But I love that this series didn’t make it clear how she felt about him or Gale for that matter. And that it wasn’t the center of the story.  I love that she grew to love Peeta and ultimately had to make a choice.  Not just the choice of Gale or Peeta.  But the choice to love.  Despite all that she had been through.  A choice to love.  I think that’s cool.

I would like to mention here that Suzanne Collins also has a really spectacular series called The Underland Chronicles that is for a younger age group, closer to Harry Potter perhaps.  She wrote these before Hunger Games and I read them after I went through HG several times because I just needed more of her writing.  Gregor is a great character too and his world is as vivid and tense and funny and readable.  I highly recommend reading that series, too.

Have a great night and… May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor.

(Or — Fly You High (from Gregor 🙂 )

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13 thoughts on “Katniss Everdeen

    1. Oh wow I am not posting every day for a year. Posting all month on the blog but writing, something, anything, every day for a year. I am almost done with my first draft on the first book in a series. 🙂

      Thanks for the visit and the comment. 🙂

  1. I just read someone’s H post for the challenge and she talked about heroes and heroines. I commented that Katniss was perfect because of many of the same reasons you stated. Then I read this. Perfect.

  2. Katniss! I’m also a fan. When I first heard about the book, I didn’t want to read it, but when the popularity continued, I was curious and picked it up. Glad I did. #atozchallenge

    1. I was too. Don’t you love when you find a new book or series to love? I do. I was the same with the Matched series, also YA fiction. I was not fired up for them but she has a very lovely style.

      Thanks for the visit and the comment. 🙂

  3. Though I’m not Katniss’s biggest fan and preferred Gale to Peeta, I still adore these books! I’m having a huge struggle these days with my TBR list (want to read books by blog friends, need to read more big names in my genre, have freebies I picked up and need to read, have NO time to read and a terrible attention span), but sometimes all I really want to do is sit and re-read The Hunger Games and Harry Potter and my other all-time favourites. There just aren’t enough hours for all the reading I want and need to do.

    I agree on the movie casting. Mostly fantastic, though I’ve heard some criticism that Katniss shouldn’t have been white (olive-skinned in the books, so could have been a number of races, or biracial). I love Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Katniss, but it’s an interesting criticism (and I’m ashamed to say it’s a detail that slipped by me as a reader). I haven’t seen the second one yet, but I need to get on that. 🙂

    Great post! Thanks for the book craving…

    1. I struggle with the same TBR list versus old favorites. I try to do both but it is a challenge.

      I had heard some talk about race of all the characters – but I think they’ve done a nice job of mixing it up. But I agree it is an interesting challenge to the lead casting. Jennifer Lawrence is just so good, I have trouble imagining someone else.

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

  4. I have to agree with you about the Peeta casting choice. I am not sure who would have been perfect for the role, but it wasn’t Josh H. He’s talented, but in my mind, he just wasn’t Peeta.
    Suzanne Collins did a great job in designing the conflict and choices in the book and
    Katniss Everdeen is a wonderfully complex character.
    Great post 🙂

    1. Suzanne Collins is a great writer. I strive to be better with my characters and plotting. I hope to create characters the reader would be so invested in like hers. It’s a good goal. 🙂

      Thanks for the visit and the comment!

  5. I haven’t actually read the books but watched the movies and I must say, the reason why I don’t wanna read the books is Peeta. I don’t like his character. I’ve always just felt that he’s using Katniss to get out of the situations alive and knowing that Katniss is going to end up with him just makes me not want to spend time on the books.
    But the world and the events are truly unique and I’m glad that it’s a strong, albeit flawed character showcasing a great role model for girls of that age.
    Andrea, #atozchallenge Mighty Minion Asset

    1. The books are always better. The relationship is far better developed I the book and you’ll like Peeta a lot more. I think 🙂

      It is great world building.

      Thanks for visiting and for the comment.

  6. I love Jennifer Lawrence and I think the movies so far do justice to the books. But the books went so much deeper into the poverty, hunger, despair of district 12. Everyone’s a tad too healthy and pretty in the movies. Have you seen Jennifer in “Winter’s Bone” – watch it and you can see why see was picked for Katniss. Tough girl.

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