I read that Jezebel article about how Katniss shouldn’t have to choose between Peeta & Gale, she should just be polyamorous - and ok, it’s really dumb and completely off about how she interacts with the both of them and ignores her actual character. Whatever. But what actually bothers me about the discussions that always branch off from this kind of thing are all the people saying they wished she’d ended up alone.
What is with this insistence that romance is somehow “beneath” Katniss? Why isn’t she allowed to care about survival, aiding the rebellion, and her personal relationships? I get that she says she “doesn’t have time for it” in the books. But every time she says that, it’s either immediately before or after she goes on some long diversion about Peeta’s eyelashes/Gale’s hands/what they mean to her. She clearly cares. It becomes increasingly clear in her interactions with both of them that she does experience romance and desire, whether or not she’s willing or able to admit it.
And THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. It doesn’t make her Bella Swan to devote some of her time and energy to considering her confusing feelings for two of the most important people in her life. Especially when Katniss is a character who has shown time and time again that she is motivated by a desire to protect the people she loves. Not by some higher calling to lead a rebellion and free her people. IMO, that makes her way more interesting, multi-dimensional and realistic to boot.
Basically, if you are trying to promote feminism and strong female characters, a really shitty way to do it is to devalue the importance of love and relationships in the same breath that you equate those things with femininity.
END OF ANNOYING RANT. CARRY ON. I know I’m preaching to the choir here but yeesh. And yes, I might have been drinking a little tonight.
There’s also nothing wrong with not picking either boy because you don’t have time for that crap and living the rest of your life on your own. Just once, I’d love to see a YA book where the heroine decides, “You know what, screw this love triangle crap, all I need is me” and doesn’t end up with anyone, rather than settling for a guy that she’s just kind of fond of because god forbid she be “alone.”