Katniss Everdeen Character Analysis

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Andi Zeisler is a feminist writer and the co-founder and creative/editorial director of Bitch Media, a nonprofit feminist media organization based in Portland Oregon. According to Zeisler, “In the past decade or two, feminism and popular culture have become more closely entwined than ever before” (6). This increase in interconnectivity may be due in part to the evolution of female characters in both young adult novels and films today. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins, includes the character of Katniss Everdeen – an intelligent, courageous, and noble young girl who defies the norms of the traditional stereotypical female character, formulating a new definition of women in popular culture today. Through the novels and films, she acts as a role model for all individuals. In Panem, the country in which all the characters live, twelve districts lie under the jurisdiction of…show more content…
Her ability to connect and identify with a multitude of readers increases her popularity as a strong female character in young adult novels today. “The Hunger Games makes a leap that few books do, allowing for Katniss, a young woman, to be the hero for all readers, regardless of gender identity. It’s not marketed as a “girls” book,” and even in the film, they kept the over-sexualization of character to a considerable minimum” (Skinner 111). She does not conform to the traditional typecast of a female character. Instead, Katniss embodies a vast assortment of identities. Again Scott comments, “She’s an athlete, a media celebrity and a warrior as well as a sister, a daughter, a loyal friend and (potential) girlfriend. In genre terms she is a western hero, an action hero, a romantic heroine and a tween idol.” Not allowing the character of Katniss to be locked into one category of character allows her to break the mold of a traditional female character in popular

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