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I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar!

I’ve finally done it. I’ve jumped on The Hunger Games bandwagon – about four years shy of the date of publication, but that’s how long I needed for the hype to simmer. As Chandler Bing would say, “I couldn’t be more right.”  Quietly, I was able to adore a sweetheart like Peeta, loathe a society like The Capitol and root for a badass like Katniss Everdeen. I updated my opinion with this post-Apocalyptic world using my pre-Apocalyptic resources. My status read: ‘Finally jumped on the bandwagon. Katniss is a badass.’

Onto Book Two. I felt like I would be condemned to the dungeons for being a late bloomer but, to my surprise, my opinion was well-received by my female buddies. More and more of my gal pals ‘Like’d my status, agreeing with the blunt definition I gave the book’s heroine. At first I sang a myriad of pop anthems: “Yea! Can’t hold us down! No scrubs! R-E-S-P-E-C-T!”  Then, a rock dropped in my stomach when I realized only females loved the literary females I adored. Why? Why?! A literary heroine possesses everything a literary hero does: passion, conviction, fear, courage and independence. Why shouldn’t she be praised? Characters like Atticus Finch and Jay Gatsby are worshiped by both genders? But you never see a boy carry around Pride and Prejudice in his back pocket – unless he has a test, or is attempting to woo someone’s older sister.

I was hot with rage at this epiphany. I wanted to tear my hair out, scream at the top of my lungs, go ‘Since U Been Gone’ on my apartment! Then, it was suddenly okay. It dawned on me that this lack of appreciation for Katniss and all her badass-ness is simply what every woman must feel sometimes. Elizabeth Bennett refused to submit to Mr. Darcy’s arrogance, so she’s prejudice. Hermione Granger outsmarts Ron and she’s a know-it-all. Jo March has ambition and she’s unfit as a wife. At one time or another we don’t see or receive the type of love we deserve. Do we pout? No. Do we complain? Certainly not. We hold our head up high and walk confidently into the arena just like Katniss. And just like Katniss, we’ll know that an adorable, baker’s son like Peeta waits for us, too — a guy who will love our strengths, scars and flaws. Is this something we can all believe or even control? Of course. We run this mother, yup.

You can read more from Kimberly Nagaran on her blog.

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  • Tatiana Daugherty

    Well done! It took me a while to jump on the bandwagon, too, and I only did after a dear friend of mine – who has flawless taste in books – recommended I get the first book. I devoured it, then went to Powell’s bright and early the next day to buy the next two books in the series.

  • Brian Stanley

    Females thinking and doing for themselves? Inconceivable!

  • Steve Lane

    So… Katniss is as strong of a literary character as Finch or Gatsby. I agree, if we mean the Transformers named Finch and Gatsby.

  • Jennifer Louise O’Neill

    Love this blog, except for the part where you went off track at the end with the “baker’s son like Peeta…”
    But I did enjoy it and it gave a nice start-boost to my day!

  • Bambi Troxell

    i don’t care if guys get her or not- their loss completely. i adore her!

  • Erin Elizabeth Davis

    My boyfriend is the one who got me into this book. I’m not much of a reader but I’m flying through this book! Hope the movie doesn’t suck…previews look somewhat on key to the book

  • Jessica Day

    When I first started the series, I was talking to my boyfriend about it and it soon became something we both loved. I read it outloud to him in the car on a roadtrip to catch him up with me and he actually finished the series before I did.

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