I didn’t know the Hunger Games movies were “chick flicks” to be laughed at until just a moment ago, when I told a guy friend of mine that I was going to see Mockingjay – Part 1 tonight and he laughed at me! Then he asks me if I had also watched the Twilight movies (I have but I didn’t care for them much) and if I had read the 50 Shades of Grey series (I read book one and two but didn’t like than enough to keep reading) but I had no idea what either of those things had to do with The Hunger Games. The only thing I can figure is that my guy friend only saw that all three featured a female lead and some sort of love story.
I asked him if he had seen or read any of Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey, or The Hunger Games? He said no so I know none of his opinions about any of this are his own. I started to explain that The Hunger Games was totally different but he said I clearly had bad taste so my opinion didn’t matter. (Men.) I didn’t press the issue further because I really didn’t care what he thought but I got to thinking why was this movie series, which featured a whole lot of violence and killing and plotting and scheming to bring down a tyrannical government seen as “girly”, and why was I being laughed at for seeing it?
Now I actually did read the entire Hunger Games series and I absolutely loved it! To me, Katniss Everdeen is a brave and intelligent girl, with complex emotions, who did what she had to do for her family and for the people she loved, and eventually she came to do her best for everyone in her nation. I also like that throughout the entire series Katniss stayed true to who she was and what she thought was right. I think she is a great character for young girls. I think it’s easy to identify with her and in the end I think no women could walk away from the story not wanting to be a little more like Katness.
On top of all that, the plot and other characters are amazing too. I’m not going to get into a full analysis of The Hunger Games because my point isn’t really that the Hunger Games is good, my point is that even though it’s good it is considered a “girly movie”. The story does feature a love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, but it never seemed to be the sort of love story you read or see in other “chick flicks”. I actually thought the whole thing was rather tragic and sad! Not the kind of love story girls swoon over.
I think if more guys actually gave the story a chance they would see that it’s actually really good AND some might even find that they can also identify with Katniss. I wondered what my guy friend would think if the lead character were a male instead? I mean think about it, a guy going in to a ring to fight to the death and then leads the nation in overthrowing a government? Sounds pretty badass! Hell, even if he meet a girl along the way and falls in love he’s still badass! But if it’s a girl doing all of this badass shit then it’s a joke???
Look if your a guy reading this I guess my point is to please not brush off stories of girls saving the world and act like they are nothing but silly love stories. There is so much more to it then that. There can be badass shit going on AND some emotions going on too. That is much more human and realistic. And even if you just plain don’t like the story, at the very least don’t belittle it. It’s important for us women to see other women saving the day up on the big screen too. It’s no laughing matter that society teaches us that girls can’t be heroes, or that they need a man in order to do anything. At the very least take that much seriously!
P.S. Look at that picture up there, does she look like she’s ready for romance? NO! She ready to kick some ass! How could you think this is about to be a “girly movie”???