'The Hunger Games' & 'Twilight' Celebrate Serious Values –Proof That Young Women Are NOT Airheads

Tue, March 13, 2012 12:47pm EST by 52 Comments

Who says that young women are shallow and have flea-like attention spans? That’s so wrong. ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Twilight’ are all about love of family, romantic commitment and self-sacrifice. That’s WHY they are so popular!

The politicians of this country could learn a thing or two or three from the heroines and heros of both The Hunger Games and Twilight book and movie series.

While we’ve watched politicos pander to special interests like Big Oil and Big Money campaign donors, attack women’s reproductive rights and get exposed as cheaters — these books celebrate admirable and traditional values.

I’m tired of hearing so-called “serious” people roll their eyes over the literature choices of young women. Especially since these ” highbrows” have rarely even read The Hunger Games or Twilight books.

Instead they should be impressed by the strength and courage of the female characters central to these books.

Katniss Everdeen, the 16-year-old key character in The Hunger Games places the safety and well-being of her family, especially her younger sister, Prim, 12, above all else. Not only does she risk her life on a daily basis to illegally hunt to ensure her family doesn’t starve, but she makes the ULTIMATE sacrifice.

Katniss volunteers to fight to the death in the violent Hunger Games annual competition in place of Prim, who has been selected in a random draw. She is willing to give her own life to save her sister. How many people are truly willing to do that?

Before she is taken away to the “Capitol” to compete, she begs her hunting companion and BFF Gale, to make sure that her family doesn’t starve in her absence.

Katniss also places the love of her family and her own independence, ahead of romantic love. She is no swooning romantic who spends her time dreaming about a Prince Charming.

No — she is determined to take her destiny into her own hands and fight to survive for her family and will not be distracted by mere romance love.

Later, she chooses to fight for freedom for the people of her district and others, against the tyranny of the cruel rulers in the Capitol.

Which politician or celebrity in reaL, NOT LITERARY LIFE, do young women have to look up to today,  who has the same strength of their own convictions and morals, but also has the genuine empathy for others that 16-year-old Katniss does? Money, glamour, power or Hermes purses do not motivate her!

Likewise, Bella Swan, the lead character in Twilight, isn’t the least bit interested in or motivated by the superficial. She doesn’t care about clothes or casual relationships in the least.

She is purely motivated by her unwavering love for Edward Cullen, her parents, and her unborn baby.

On multiple occasions, Bella is also prepared to sacrifice her own safety and even life, in order to protect her mother, father, Edward, the rest of the Cullen family, and the baby that will be called Renesmee.

She is not interested in sampling multiple sex partners or in partying her nights and days away.

No instead, she is willing to make an old-fashioned commitment to a lifelong eternal marriage, and also to keeping the peace between several warring factions: werewolves, vampires and the Volturi vampires.

The fact that both Katniss and Bella are serious, sober-minded young women with deep commitments to their families, speaks to the real values and aspirations, that today’s young women REALLY have.

They are entranced by those books because they admire the strength and commitment of these characters who survive through the most difficult of adversities. They want to be as strong and determined and loving as these young women.

These are difficult times and despite perceptions, today’s young women are not party girl airheads at all! So stop criticizing them and their literature and instead start expressing admiration!

– Bonnie Fuller

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Zoe

Posted at 6:26 PM on March 15, 2012  

I honestly think that they both are good role models, not just because I like the Hunger Games and Twilight. Both are from totally diferent worlds and totally diferent point of views.
On the hand of Bella she sacrafised her life for Edwards family, even when she thought he hated her. She went infront of the vampire royality (who hate humans) just to save the one she loves. Bella again saved her family and friends by doing the blood trails in Eclipse and she cut her self so that Seth and Edward could defeat Riley and Victoria. In Breaking Dawn she gave birth to a half-human half-vampire baby that shattered her spine and almost killed her, but she stayed strong lived threw the transformation and still! Bella protected her family from the Volturi. And I can not forget in Twilight when she sacrificed her life for her mothers saftey.

Katniss on the other hand doesn’t live in a mythical world. Katniss is brave and strong in a whole other way than Bella. Katniss put her life on the line so that her sister, Prim, wouldn’t have to go for tribute. Katniss formed such a sweeet relationship with a little girl from another District, In the mist of ot all Katniss still managed to still fall in love with Peeta, even if they were being forced at first. Katniss risked herself(even though the peacekeeper isn’t suppost to whip them)to teach the girls that were escaping to the lost district 13.
In my opinion both girls are very good role models in two different ways.

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Lea

Posted at 3:37 PM on March 15, 2012  

at Avery French- Bella does not count because it’s vampires? What do you think Harry Potter, LOTR, Star Wars, and Narnia are? Mythological. As for Bella she sacrificed herself for her unborn child and did what she could to protect her family, who where more than capable of taking care of themselves. Bella is most certainly not a hero like Katniss is, but in the end Bella does deserve some credit. I have to agree 100% about the grammar errors.

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Lea

Posted at 3:43 PM on March 15, 2012  

Now I have to apologize for my spelling error. I meant to say were not where.

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Avery Finch

Posted at 1:17 PM on March 15, 2012  

Katniss reminds me of Athena and Atlanta and the Amazons. Bella is madly in love with a vampire. She is just a whimpy, dumb-witted girl. “Bella Swan… is not the least interested or motivated by the superficial.” What do you call an “unwavering love” at first sight based on looks? Besides, where there not occasions where she also felt in love with Jacob? She suffered intense depression just because Edward once ended the relationship. Where is her “strenght and courage”? There is nothing about sacrifice for family, moral strength, endurance, or any other qualities surrounding Bella like it is found in Katniss. Even if Bella is sacrificial because she protects her family and new-born child from vampires, this scenario is mythical because vampires do not exist! As for Katniss, since the HG series are based on the future, you cannot say definitely the impossibility of its existence.
Mention Harry Potter, Narnia, the Lord of the Ring, and Star wars…they deserve more recognition for their plot content and character development than Twilight for its poor story-line, middle-school reading level, and the huge number of grammatical errors in its pages.

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ann

Posted at 10:00 AM on March 15, 2012  

Well…Age and wealth ain’t nothing but a number for

these loved-up A-Listers. My BF and I both think so! He is

almost 10 years older than I.We met via

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a nice place for younger women and oldermen, or older

women and younger men, to interact with each other!

Maybe you want to check it out or tell your friends:)

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aliceinwonderland

Posted at 9:35 PM on March 14, 2012  

i agree with bonnie. and some of these comments are an insult to a fan of both.

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saly

Posted at 8:19 PM on March 14, 2012  

who is katniz !! bella for life

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ashley

Posted at 12:59 PM on March 16, 2012  

YEAH I AGREE WITH YOU!!!
I LOVE TWILIGT AND ROBSTEN!!!
I EVEN PROMISE MY SELF TO NEVER WATCH THAT MOVIE!!

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fati

Posted at 8:17 PM on March 14, 2012  

my sweet kristen love you baby :)

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lama

Posted at 8:15 PM on March 14, 2012  

BELLA FOR ME <3

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Eva

Posted at 7:58 PM on March 14, 2012  

Wow. It amazes me how bent out of shape some people get. Honestly? Who gives a rat’s behind. It’s all just fiction anyways. There are plenty of real life heroes girls can look up to if they absolutely have to. I enjoyed both books. Everyone views each character differently and no view is 100% correct. Lets just be respectful now.

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Karen E.

Posted at 10:56 AM on March 14, 2012  

Wow,what a bunch of mean people out there yes Katniss and Bella are two different young people,Bella fought for family but in a different way,Edward was not abusive Now to Cindy .T every thing you said about Bella was not true,did you even read the books,she is the hero in the end.Bella would give her life for her family,I haven’t seen The Hunger games they are not out here yet,and I know I am going to like Katniss because she does have courage and she shows it.Just please stop trashing Bella she too had her strong points,in each book she got stronger and more confident in herself, and like I said in the last book Bella becomes the hero,oh and one thing the twi saga is a love story,where as the hunger games are about raw survival.I am not some kid I am 55 years young been reading all my life so I just believe that every one has their own opinions,thats what makes this great world go around.I also believe that some of these post that are ugly,mean bring out the worst in people.If you don’t like one movie you don’t have to trash the other movie.I have said enough,wonder what kinda feed back I am going to get,because they are both movies that are going to go down in movie history. Peace,Karen E.

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Cindy T

Posted at 5:22 PM on March 14, 2012  

Yes I read Twilight series & they were some of the worst books I have ever read. How can you call her a hero when she played with Jacob’s emotions & her treatment of her parents were atrocious! Charlie who did nothing but worry & care for her she ignored & she didn’t even call him Dad after everything. What courage did she have? The courage to force others into a war for her selfishness?

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saly

Posted at 8:18 PM on March 14, 2012  

get a life please

 
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Alice

Posted at 9:32 PM on March 14, 2012  

R u kidding??? have u read all the books??? wht would u have done in bella’s place? THINK A LITTLE BIT!!!

 
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Avery Finch

Posted at 1:19 PM on March 15, 2012  

I totally agree with you Cindy.

 
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xx

Posted at 6:44 AM on March 14, 2012  

twilight? let me go laugh. the hunger games, fine. but bonnie you are freakin over 30 years old, i’m kind of concerned about your obsessions with these books.

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Diana

Posted at 10:50 PM on March 13, 2012  

What you don’t see here is while everyone is fighting over which fictional character is better, shows your maturity. -_- Everyone has different opinions, likes and dislikes. Stop trying to get everyone to like the same thing, it’s stupid. Get over yourself and move on!

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Cindy T

Posted at 10:31 PM on March 13, 2012  

While I agree with Katniss everything written about Bella is laughable. She is one of the worst role model & female character written. Her so called values are all about a boyfriend who is controlling & abusive. She has not respect for her parents & the only reason she even wanted Edward was because he was cute nothing more. What a lovely idea of a role model who practically tried to kill her self because her abusive boyfriend left her the same stalker boyfriend who be creeping in her bedroom watching her sleep. Yes what a great example of what a relationship should be & what shining example of irresponsible ignorant behavior.

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Avery Finch

Posted at 1:20 PM on March 15, 2012  

Very true

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Suua P.

Posted at 9:17 PM on March 13, 2012  

I Love Katniss Everdeen and I hate Bella Swan.

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helllokitty2142

Posted at 8:20 PM on March 13, 2012  

I’m going with hunger games…

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k

Posted at 5:04 PM on March 13, 2012  

katniss yes bella no

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Tammy

Posted at 4:11 PM on March 13, 2012  

I love Twilight but haven’t you noticed Bella BEGS A LOT in these films

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Luke

Posted at 3:15 PM on March 13, 2012  

April’s fool already?

You already wrote it:
“Katniss also places the love of her family and her own independence, ahead of romantic love.”
Everything said. With this, there is no need to compare Katniss with Bella, please. It doesn’t make sense.

I’ll leave a already well-known Stephen King quote:
“Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.”

And to the writter of this article: please, read something of the Bronte sisters at least. Then, if you want, look up to Bella.

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Avery Finch

Posted at 1:23 PM on March 15, 2012  

I agree with you, Luke. The only comparison between the Hunger Games and Twilight is that the books have been the base of several movies, and the protagonists are women. There are other books-to-movies phenomenons, like Harry Potter, Narnia, the Lord of the Ring, and Star wars. So yeah, people should mention the others too. In fact, they deserve actually more recognition for their plot content and character development than Twilight for its lack of in-depth story-line, middle-school level of reading, and the huge number of grammatical errors in its pages.

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Annaleigh

Posted at 2:16 PM on March 13, 2012  

Wow Starry! The only thing you can learn from Bella Swan is to stay in school, which I suggest you do! Learn vocabulary and grammar before you insult others! Thank you!

Starry is a perfect example of what happens when people idolize Bella Swan… LOL!

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starry

Posted at 1:54 PM on March 13, 2012  

i don’t know what’S happen but hermione never TO be headline in HOLLYWOODLIFE

where is she

but bella swan always in bIG HEADLINE …
YOU SEE it’s mean bella swan more excited than hermione..

BELLA SWAN IS REAL ROLE MODE THAN HERMIONE
BELLA SWAN IS excellen CHOICE THAN HERMIONE…!
LOL :D

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starry

Posted at 1:45 PM on March 13, 2012  

ha ha ha ha analeight just accept that if bella swan is role mode …you see how many a girl to be fashion just like bella swan…. and what about hermione no one like witch fashion…just whe hallowen night maybe…….
NO WONDER THE HERMIONE GIRL NEVER ACCEPT IF BELLA SWAN MORE FAMOUS…..

YOU LIKE KATNIS MORE COZ YOU DON’T LIKE BELLA SWAN …..AND YOU COMPARE WITH HERMIONE TOO
YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SO PATHETIC…..!!

IT’S HAVE BEEN PROVE NOW BELLA SWAN MORE EXIST THAN HERMIONE….COZ THERE IS SO MANY PEOPLE STILL JEOLUS WITH BELLA SWAN….

AND BELLA SWAN WILL ALWAYS BE ROLE MODE….

AND HERMIONE ALWAYS BE ROLE MODE BUT IN WITCH DRESS UPS SORRY

BUT THAT’S THE FACT …

KRISTEN STEWART AKA BELLA SWAN THE REAL ROLE MODE
AFTER IN PARIS NOW ELLE ..WHAT NEXT JUST WAIT AND SEE ,,SHE BEAT HERMIONE :D

HERMIONE graNGER ARE AIRHEAD !!!!

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Adriana

Posted at 5:04 PM on March 13, 2012  

Wake up critics and public vot Hermione as the second most powerful and gretest female figure in literature!Katniss landed 6th and the top spot claimed by Jane Eyre!Bella was nowhere to be found because she is a shallow stupid girl that only she cares about is her boyfriend that she know him for only 2 years and she gives up her family for that! Bella sucks!Hermione and Katniss ar waaaaaaat better!

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starry

Posted at 1:40 PM on March 13, 2012  

ha ha ha ha analeight just accept that if bella swan is role mode …you see how many a girl to be fashion just like bella swan…. and what about hermione no one like witch fashion…just whe hallowen night maybe…….
NO WONDER THE HERMIONE GIRL NEVER ACCEPT IF BELLA SWAN MORE FAMOUS…..

YOU LIKE KATNIS MORE COZ YOU DON’T LIKE BELLA SWAN …..AND YOU COMPARE WITH HERMIONE TOO
YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SO PATHETIC…..!!

IT’S HAVE BEEN PROVE NOW BELLA SWAN MORE EXIST THAN HERMIONE….COZ THERE IS SO MANY PEOPLE STILL JEOLUS WITH BELLA SWAN….

AND BELLA SWAN WILL ALWAYS BE ROLE MODE….

AND HERMIONE ALWAYS BE ROLE MODE BUT IN WITCH DRESS UPS SORRY

BUT THAT’S THE FACT …

KRISTEN STEWART AKA BELLA SWAN THE REAL ROLE MODE
AFTER IN PARIS NOW ELLE ..WHAT NEXT JUST WAIT AND SEE SHE WILL BEAT HERMIONE :D

HERMIONE graNGER ARE AIRHEAD !!!!

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xx

Posted at 6:46 AM on March 14, 2012  

I’m sorry, are you drunk? or just incoherent? your entire comment sounds like an inner dialogue in the mind of a third grader.

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Shei

Posted at 1:27 PM on March 13, 2012  

*cared about
*when

Sorry

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Shei

Posted at 1:26 PM on March 13, 2012  

To compare Bella with Katniss is an insult to Katniss. The only thing Bella cared was Edward, Edward and Edward, she even wanted to commit suicide whe he dumped her!!! Katniss engages in this adventure to save her sister, then she fights to save Rue and eventually to take down the Capitol in order to liberate all 13 districts. How can you even compare them?? Buff, and I am not bashing Twilight or Bella, but they are totally diferent and it’s not right to compare at all.

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Avery Finch

Posted at 1:27 PM on March 15, 2012  

Thank you, Shei. The protagonists of the two series are completely different in personality and characteristics. Katniss reminds me of Athena and Atlanta and the Amazons. Bella is madly in love with a vampire who could kill her. She is just a whimpy, dumb-witted girl. “Bella Swan… is not the least interested or motivated by the superficial.” What would you think of a woman’s “unwavering love” who fell in love at first sight based on looks? Besides, where there not occasions where she also felt in love with Jacob? I would probably like her “old-fashioned committment” to her man, if she actually did not act so childish. She suffered intense depression just because Edward ended the relationship in the earlier books. Where is her fiber? Where is her “strenght and courage…central to these books”? There is nothing about sacrifice for family, moral strength, endurance, or any other qualities surrounding Bella like it is found in Katniss. Even if Bella wanted to protect her family and new-born child from mythical vampires, this scenario is on a fantasy scenario because vampires do not exist! As for the Hunger Games, since the Hunger Games series are based on the future, you cannot say definitely the impossibility of its existence. The only comparison between the Hunger Games and Twilight is that the books have been the base of several movies, and the protagonists are women. However, there are other books-to-movies phenomenons, like Harry Potter, Narnia, the Lord of the Ring, and Star wars.The Hunger Games focuses on social justice, how far should entertainment go to satisfy audiences. Twilight is only about star-crossed lovers and other sappy material that I frankly don’t care about.

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Avery Finch

Posted at 1:28 PM on March 15, 2012  

So I just wanted to say that I completely agree with you. Katniss and Bella should not be compared.

 
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Annaleigh

Posted at 1:19 PM on March 13, 2012  

I get Katniss, but there is no way in hell Bella Swan is a good role model. If you want another female role model, Hermione Granger is an excellent choice. Sorry Bonnie, but Bella Swan is the definition of an “airhead!”

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