Wasn’t going to read these books, nuh uh, too much publicity, can’t relate to teenage protagonists, don’t enjoy first person narratives, and it’s about teenagers killing each other? No way. I had better things to do. Then my niece talked me into watching the movie with her and I was hooked. Surprise, surprise. Sometimes it feels good to be wrong. I read all three books in quick succession.
I am not the first to point out the connection between Katniss and Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt, protector of young girls, expert with the bow and arrow, whose hunting companion Orion (Gale, in the books) was her only true love. It never hurts to be able to cite a bit of mythology when defending one's reading choices. But if you are still on the fence I suggest watching the movie, as I did. It’s very well done and if you like it, you will like the books, too. And if you are hung up on the fact that this is YA fiction, or girls’ fiction, or just popular fiction, I say, get over it. Katniss Everdeen is now and forever a feminist icon and if you don't read these books you won't really understand why.
(Books 35, 36, and 37, 2012)