I read the books and didn’t get to see the movie until a few days ago. I tried not to read too many reviews, but there were so many articles and stories about feminism and the female hero that it was tough not to get the gist. Katniss is awesome!
The movie was good and added the visual element that you cannot get from a book. The book in many ways, was a richer overall experience though. No surprise there. Read the book, then go to the movie . . . but if you don’t, you will enjoy the movie without the additional information in the book.
Based on ALL the blogs and articles from feminists (and my own feminist tendencies) about Katniss, I expected to come out of the theater with a strong and positive reaction about Katniss, feminism, female heroes, and perhaps a change in Hollywood.
For me, Katniss and feminism was not anywhere NEAR my strongest reaction to the movie.
My take away was about power, government, corruption, manipulation, the 1% . . . pushback, resistance, finding your own path of activism, etc. To me this message was so clear, pervasive, and strong that it was impossible to miss.
I don’t normally find meanings in movies . . . I go to the movies to be entertained. I KNOW, shocking!
What let’s me know that the story is rich is that so many, including myself, have found meaning in it. Another idea to note, my reading of the book didn’t illicit strong feelings of either feminism or power, corruption, etc. It was “merely” a great read! It took the visual to make these other points, for me.
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