is…..*drumroll* Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games trilogy (or tetralogy for the film series because the producers wanted to bank in more money for making Mockingjay two parts like Harry Potter).
Why? Well here are my top 3 reasons:
- Her family is the most important thing to her.This family value of hers is what drew me into loving the character of Katniss Everdeen in the first place. Yes, I was one of those people who read the books before watching the films. And I will never forget Katniss’ underrated line in the book: “How could I leave Prim, who is the only person in the world I’m certain to love?” Her iconic sacrifice in taking Prim’s spot in the Hunger Games was a catalyst for the entire Hunger Games series. It all starts with Katniss’ love for her younger sister. It’s such a beautiful theme that I think is lacking in many films today. There are many young adult films that revolve around romance, but only a few that primarily focus on family love. And for that, I appreciate Katniss Everdeen even more.
- Her personality.She is not the typical heroine that’s written out to be this absolute goddess who is this immaculate, perfect person. Instead, she is hard to approach, masculine yet also feminine, sarcastic, and more of a pessimist than an optimist. So at first glance, she does not carry the same like-able traits as many strong female characters. She is catapulted into a dystopian bloodbath and doesn’t have time to play nice. Yet she displays her warm, feminine side through her care for her sister, Rue, Peeta, and the districts in the revolution. Even after the first Hunger Games, when she was deemed a victor, she never changed. She was never manipulated by the Capitol and she still managed to stay true to herself throughout the series.
- Her resiliency.I wanted to tear the book apart when I read that there would be another Hunger Games in Catching Fire. Yet, Katniss Everdeen was able to still persist and fight through all the bad cards that she has been dealt with. Especially in Catching Fire, when she had to go back to the horrific games, she was still able to make it out alive. She was much more vulnerable after being traumatized by the first games and also had to undergo another challenge: being forced into a Capitol endorsed love story which made her conflicted with feelings for Peeta. And, it gets even worse in Mockingjay, where Peeta, Katniss’ one true friend during the Hunger Games, is brainwashed into hating Katniss herself. Prim, Katniss’ main reason to persist and survive the Hunger Games, unfortunately dies as a result of the revolution. Katniss, in the end, was able to marry Peeta and have children. She is still able to love Peeta and her children, despite all the horrors she had to face.
And there you have it. Katniss Everdeen is the type of person that I, personally, connect with and I try to channel her whenever I’m working out (to feel like a bada**). Her love for her family is something that I deeply relate with her, and also her ability to stay true for herself is something that I admire and strive to have.
Fun fact: When asked to write about a literary hero/heroine during my AP English Language and Composition class back in 2014…I chose Katniss Everdeen.