Just because two people are capable of deeply hurting each other over and over again does not make them passionate, star-crossed lovers. It makes them two people who keep doing terrible things to each other. Someone’s ability to make you completely and utterly soul-crushingly miserable does not mean they are a soul mate with some deep insight into your psyche. They are just someone who is really good at making you unhappy.
Katniss Everdeen is an strong female character–and strong in the sense of actually being strong, rather than the designation of “strong” that writers and filmmakers assign to their female characters to make themselves look less sexist. Katniss actually is brave, smart, competent, and mature beyond her years. It would be great if she had time to stop and feel romantic feelings, but she doesn’t. She’s pragmatic. She has responsibilities. And on top of that, she has no taste for romance and children in a world where any kid she had would end up in front of the Justice Building waiting to get reaped. The love that drives her is a different kind of love. And while romantic love is a perfectly reasonable motivator, it’s also a classic staple in YA novels. Girls need examples of heroines who are driven by compassion, respect, defiance, and even self-interest–other real things that motivate real people.
This post is excellent. Go read it. I mean it.
Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings (2012)
Jesus Christ girl
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I saw this and many other phenomenal works of art tonight. I miss culture.
David Alfaro Siqueiros (Mexican, 1896–1974)