Character Connection (11): Katniss Everdeen

Character Connection is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at The Introverted Reader every Thursday. It’s where we get to discuss our favorite book characters and what we love about them!

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ep·ic   /[ep-ik] /
–adjective Also, ep·i·cal.

1. heroic; majestic; impressively great
2. of unusually great size or extent

In my opinion, the word epic is overused. I’m not criticizing people that use it, not at all. Just, for me, it isn’t a word to be thrown around in daily conversation. It should be saved for something that really is…you know: epic.

That being said…

Katniss Everdeen? Yeah. She’s EPIC.

I thought it would be fitting to talk about her this week since we’re within a few short days of the release of Mockingjay, my most anticipated book release since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It will complete the Hunger Games trilogy that features Katniss.

If there are still people out there that haven’t become part of the phenomenon, I’ll avoid talking about specific plot points, because I definitely don’t want to spoil anything for anyone!

Katniss starts out as the unwilling participant in a barbaric yearly game, and then (somewhat accidentally) becomes the face of a rebellion. When people close to her get hurt, Katniss gets angry. When Katniss gets angry, she inspires a nation to get angry with her.

She also has two rather excellent menfolk at her beck and call. Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne are both pretty amazing, but whether Katniss ends up with one of them or on her own, she is and will remain her own person.

So, if you haven’t yet picked up The Hunger Games: I hope I’ve helped inspire you to do so.

If you’re waiting in breathless anticipation for Mockingjay like I am, tell me what you hope happens to Katniss in the end, I’d love to talk to you about your opinions!

(To see some of my post-Mockingjay thoughts, you can check out my thoughts on Gale Hawthorne here!)

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  • Smash Attack! August 19, 2010, 2:24 am

    Nice post! I just recently read The Hunger Games and have ordered the box set of the trilogy so I can have a nice keepsake (since it is totally a keepsake!) I can't wait to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay back-to-back!

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  • Natalie (Mindful Musings) August 19, 2010, 5:12 am

    Love Katniss. Can't wait for Mockingjay!

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  • IntrovertedJen August 20, 2010, 2:07 am

    I also like that Katniss is so real. Sure, she's a survivalist. But she also has heart and she makes mistakes. She's unsure of herself sometimes, but she goes with her instinct and she gets it right. I guess what I'm trying to say is that she's not so out of my realm that I don't understand her. Aside from her kick-assery, she's a normal girl at heart. But the kickass is a big deal, isn't it? And that's what elevates her to epic. 🙂

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  • Anonymous February 6, 2011, 3:56 am

    I love the Hunger Games!! I felt soo much like her when i read the books. I could predict everything she was going to do or say.

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