As you might know, the movie “The Hunger Games” came out recently. It’s based off of the book.When the book opens, North America as we know it has been destroyed and is now divided into 12 districts, ruled by an oppressive government located at the Capital. Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl from District 12, takes her younger sister’s place as one of 24 “tributes” selected every year to participate in the Hunger Games at the Capitol.The Games pit children from ages 12 to 18 against each other in a fight to the death in a giant, treacherous arena. Everything is televised and highly publicized all over the country. Katniss must not only survive the Games, but deal with a romance between her and another tribute from District 12, all the while deciding if she is willing to kill strangers her own age as a pawn of an oppressive government.(Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/lifestyle/blogcritics/article/Book-Review-The-Hunger-Games-by-Suzanne-Collins-900110.php#ixzz1qzWHwtOi). I saw this movie and something I liked about it is that unlike the majority of the media, this movie did not have strong gender roles. Here is why this movie is different than most:
- Katniss is the protaginist. She hunts to keep her family fed, she can shoot a bow and arrow well,and she can set traps. She is skilled, and in most movies and books, traits like these would automatically be handed to a male character.
- There are no body image issues in the book or movie.
- There is no sexualization of ANY of the characters.
- Katniss’s strengths are based off of personality, not gender.
I could go on, but I think you get the idea. What do you think about the Hunger Games? Do you agree? Disagree? Comment below and let me know!
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