With the release of The Hunger Games movie (next month!) on March 23, it's time to revisit why I'm so pumped about this book/film. Even if I wasn't a mom, I'd be standing in line, but I'm an even bigger fan because this tale racks up some pretty significant mom points.
Yes, I'm a Hunger Dame (Moms Who Love The Hunger Games). Here's why:
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Factor Points (1-100)
Strong female lead. Katniss Everdeen is smart, sporty,
self-reliant, complex and could care less about boys.
She has bigger things to worry about. +90
References to classical mythology. The Hunger Games
borrows from the Greek myth of Theseus & the Minotaur in
which Athens sent 7 boys and 7 girls to Crete, where they
were thrown in the Labyrinth and devoured by the
monstrous Minotaur. +65
Empathy. Fiercely protective of her little sister,
Katniss volunteers to take her place in the games; she
also tries to save people once the games have begun. +80
Keeping it real. Without being overbearing, the tale
makes statements about reality TV, poverty,
excess & war. +80
Rage against the system. Every generation needs its
tale for questioning the status quo. +65
Self-awareness. Although I applauded Kat's unheeding
oblivion when it came to recognizing Peeta and Gale's
feelings for her, it's hard to imagine someone this smart
being this out of touch with what's going on around her.
Deduct points. -30
Dealing with death. Yes, it's violent, but, like a parent
describing death to a child, the scenes that involve the
loss of characters only provide enough details to explain
what's happening without being gratuitous. +65
Self-reliance. From hunting to finding food in the
wilderness, the story celebrates survival and