I read The Hunger Games during a really scary time in my life (read: PTSD Triggers Are Real. Don’t Be A Dick About It. A Rant)—a time where I felt nothing and was forcibly making myself watch horror films, something I do not do, just to have some sort of reaction. This book was the only thing that actually made me feel better about my surroundings.
And sure, there are critics that compare this book to every other dystopian-action-thriller novel/film (Battle Royale, Uglies, Divergent, Matched, Graceling), and other people question Katniss’ motives and feelings towards both Peeta and Gale in both arenas. But there is no denying that there hasn’t been a character like her in a big-budget film ever.
3 Reasons Why Katniss Everdeen Is My Fictional Hero:
1. She doesn’t hide her PTSD, but She doesn’t wear it like a martyr neither. (Book 1 & 2)
Since District 12 doesn’t have a resident psycho therapist, she can’t really do anything about her nightmares or illusions from the first arena. She does have to keep living.
2. She admits that she doesn’t have time to think about boys, and is confused over her feelings. (Book 2)
Yeah, she said and did things in the first arena to make her look like she was ready to be with Peeta forever. But holding a 17-year-old accountable for trying to live is insane. So, you may call her a tease or declare yourself a Team Gale or a Team Peeta. Katniss has a revolution to think about, and can’t be bothered.
3. She questions the purpose of the revolution. (Book 3)
She doesn’t blindly follow orders, and strategizes options beyond over-throwing the Capitol. She might not be elegant, but she is tactful.
Laura Delarato is a web producer, writer, social media consultant, video creator, and the brain behind Pass The Cake, Please fashion blog. She has spent a lot of the past 10-years of her life in internships, college, part-time jobs, graduate school, and in front of a computer typing away her next brilliant idea. Her work has appeared in Playgirl Magazine, Kong Magazine, London Glossy Magazine—and at one time CosmoGirl! Magazine. Laura spends a lot of her time typing code to make the internet work, performing improv at The Magnet Theater in NYC, and performing burlesque on every dingy bar stage she can find. Laura likes to be a total badass by participating in body-positive/fat-acceptance activism, crafting pasties, discussing the beauty of pornography, and wearing all the short skirts. Follow her at @lauradelarato