Maokun (post: 1533301) wrote:Finished Catching Fire and I find myself seriously disliking Katniss now. She's crippingly dense, self-sabotagingly stubborn and appallingly reluctant to deal with her own feelings, no matter how many times it puts herself, her loved ones, total strangers and even the fate of a whole nation in mortal danger. In spite of all the times her emotional cowardice and short-tempered stupidity have hurt herself and others, she displays almost nil character growth after two books packed with what for any other human being would be paradigm-shifting events.
I'm now seriously wonder whether this is a shortcoming of the author or if she actually wanted to create a character so flawed and she is extraordinarily good at it. If so, I'd have to question her choice of that character for a protagonist. It's almost painful to see her missing all the blatant foreshadowing and then throwing a violent tantrum when she finally catches up with what's going on. The girl that unfairly flew into a fit of rage against good people handling an extremely delicate and important mission is not any better than the one that at the beginning of the story couldn't forgive her own mother for suffering clinical-grade depression.
Yes. Yes yes yes. I really like the Hunger Games series, I really don't like Katniss. The books would have been SO much better if we didn't have to see the whole darn story through her eyes. As the series goes on, she just gets angrier and more exploitative toward Peeta and Gale. If she is not sure how she feels about them, she should NOT be showing romantic affection toward either of them. She should not be using Peeta's affection to help her deal with her PTSD. She should not suggest that she and Gale run away together. She should not kiss him just because she feels bad he got whipped. I hated the second book because I hated watching Katniss torture those two great guys the way she does.
(Sorry if those are spoilers.)
I do think that Collins really was trying to make a tragic, flawed character, but a character must always make satisfying developments, tragic or not. I also see Peeta and Gale as tragic characters, but they developed in a satisfying way. I loved the third book because I loved how Finnick, Annie, Haymitch, Gale, and Peeta developed. But Katniss was a mess. Was it just me or was she getting checked into the hospital way too much in that book? She doesn't go to the war-planning meetings, she doesn't fight in the rebel army except once or twice for the camera, she's literally hiding in the closet for crying out loud. She was not at the center of the action anymore and IDK why she was still narrating the third book.
[spoiler]Finally, in the last 10 pgs or so she does something worthwhile and kills Coin. But there was no lead-up to it. It was "Katniss is leading a silly, spur of the moment, suicide mission to kill President Snow, which fails miserably" and then BAM! "Katniss does something great" and no transition in between. A climax is only a climax because of the build-up before it.
Again, I really like the Hunger Games series. But it's because of all the people around Katniss and not in any way because of Katniss herself.