Forget damsels in distress and feminist man-eaters. A new female ideal is emerging.
Katniss Everdeen welcomes us to her world, a 1984-styled hell of government oppression, cruelty to children, starvation, classism, and reality TV. These are The Hunger Games. But our heroine is brave.
Sacrificing herself, Christ-like, she saves the life of her sister Prim, and embarks on a perilous journey that will ultimately make the foundations of an evil empire tremble. It’s not lightly that she is dubbed, “the girl on fire.”
But Katniss isn’t the only brave young woman we’ve seen grace the silver screen of late. Cute little Lucy Pevensie recently journeyed into the land of Narnia and sparked a rebellion against The White Witch, who stood for everything evil and cruel in that world. If you were already a fan of the books, you probably knew that it was only a matter of time before brave little Lucy wandered – not just through a wardrobe – but out of the pages of a timeless classic and into the blockbuster charts.
Lucy has now changed western culture just as she changed Narnia, by reigniting our faith in The Old Magic.
While Harry Potter is obviously a boy, the real brains behind most of his operations is his bookworm gal-pal, Hermione Granger. Spunky, witty, and courageous, Hermione basically holds Potter together, serving as his confidant, ally, and emotional support, even when best friend Ron Weasley deserts him.
What do Katniss, Lucy, and Hermione all have in common? Besides originating on the pages of popular literature …