Monday, August 29, 2011

Who Did It Better: Independent Archer Girls Edition...

I know this may be a bit premature-- a bit unfair-- to compare because neither The Hunger Games nor Brave have been released as theatrical films yet. "Hunger Games" certainly has the edge as it stands because it (and its two sequels) has been out in book form long enough for fans to become rabid. For those of you who went to D23's second-ever Expo earlier this month, you got a longer look at Merida, the heroine of Brave, especially concerning what she can do with a bow and arrow. The timing just seems too coincidental that both Katniss and Merida are being shown on the big screen, projected as role models to little girls all over the world, around the same time, especially when they share such similar traits. Do you need to see both; will you see both? It all comes down to which tells the tale of such a strong, independent, forward-thinking girl "better" in your own personal estimation, doesn't it?


Brave



The Hunger Games

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I don't want to give too much away and run the risk of spoiling either project for you. And in the act of full disclosure, there is still some I don't know about Brave, having only seen snippets. But so far I am giving the edge to Merida. Both girls have to take a stand to decide their own fate. But Merida does something that no heroine in a Disney film-- let alone a heroine in most films, including The Hunger Games!, has done before by refusing to give in to societal pressures or traditions and select a suitor. You can say Katniss does what she does with the Games simply to stay alive, but as time goes on, she does give in; she does "settle." And to present a character so strong who still settles is to send very mixed messages.

3 comments:

Jamie C. said...

I can't get into this without getting super spoilery, but it sounds like you're equating getting married/committed/partnering up at all as settling, and I don't think that's how it's intended.

danielletbd said...

No, I just am anti Peeta and Katniss.

Jamie C. said...

Spoiler! ;)