At one time, I was very excited to watch The Hunger Games.
Then I read the third book, Mockingjay, and my desire waned as author Suzanne Collins turned an awesome and likeable character in heroine Katniss Everdeen into an indecisive, yet – at the same time – somehow rash young woman who got countless, more-likable people killed for little reason and then murdered the leader of her rebel group in cold blood without any definite proof of guilt. Her reward for this? An eventual happy ending. It was like The Odyssey – a tragic hero with a fatal flaw who has everything kind of work out at the end – but only if Odysseus annoyingly hemmed and hawed throughout the entire book.
Needless to say, I wasn't a Katniss Everdeen fan by the end of the book. (I also was on Team Gale, which didn't help matters.) And I also lost interest in seeing the movies.
But it didn't stop me from watching Bad Lip Reading's wonderful dubbing of the film. And it shouldn't stop you either.
• Joe Grace is a writer and journalist who lives in Chicago with his wife. Most people revere Katniss Everdeen as an awesome heroine, and that's OK. But if you're looking for a heroine that doesn't act like a Charlie Brown with a rash streak and a compound bow through most of the narrative, you might want to try Hermione Granger, Lyra Belacqua, Violet Baudelaire, Scout Finch, Éowyn or Meg Murry, just to name a few.
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