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The Hunger Games: Action-film feminism is catching fire Lisa Schwarzbaum
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Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen is both strong and vulnerable – a new kind of action heroine who has powered The Hunger Games: Catching fire to a $158m US debut. (Lionsgate)
Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen is a new type of female action film icon, and moviegoers should be very excited about that, writes Lisa Schwarzbaum.
As Catching Fire ignites on movie screens around the world, this is what we know about the 21st Century heroine called Katniss Everdeen: she is strong but also soft. She is brave but she has doubts. She is a phenomenal fictional creation, yet is real enough that moviegoers can draw inspiration from her values, her
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“Not a**-kicking for the sake of a**-kicking,” the producer succinctly puts it. Indeed, in discussing the adaptation with the books’ author Suzanne Collins, the two agreed on the importance of demonstrating that, as Jacobson puts it, “you don’t have to be perfect, you don’t have to be heroic, you don’t have to be planning to save the world. But you can still be an agent of change.” Why Katniss is a Feminist Character (And It’s Not Because She Wields a Bow and Beats Boys Up)
When The Hunger Games hit shelves in 2008, its feisty main character quickly earned the “strong female character” seal of approval from fans of young adult lit. Hot-tempered, bow-wielding Katniss is fiercely independent, scornful of feminine frills, and barred off to any emotion that could render her vulnerable. Essentially, as one blogger pointed out recently, she’s the anti-Bella Swan, a golden girl for all those YA readers who like their female protagonists to do something more worthwhile than choose between two men.
But amidst the flurry of excitement over Katniss’s complete and utter BAMFness (to use the technical term), it’s easy to forget what keeps her alive is not superior strength, speed, or intelligence, but rather a

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