Initially I was not going to write a response to an article I read on NPR, but then I ran into it for a second time and have decided I need to get it off my chest. The article, What if Katniss Didn’t Have to Choose Between Peeta and Gale, is actually in response to another article that was on NPR What Really Makes Katniss Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend.
Now the first article is not terrible, but I do think it over-simplifies the characters of Katniss, Peeta, and Gale to make its point. Not to mention the fact that by focusing on the idea of a love triangle (which I do not agree with it as a love triangle in the first place), they are missing the point of the complexity of the situation and the characters. They do make a good point in the fact that the gender roles are played with a lot, especially with Katniss, Gale, and Peeta. At the same time saying that choosing between Gale and Peeta is Katniss choosing between playing the “Movie Girlfriend” and “Movie Boyfriend” I think almost plays into the stereotypes that they are saying to break.
The next article builds off of this premise and takes the ideas even further. So it is already starting on somewhat shaky ground and then begins to feel like they are using this more to further their own point than any actual analysis. I know that these are fictional characters, but reducing Katniss down to just her relationship with these two guys really bothers me. This is just one of a few problems I have with the article. The article itself is talking about the positives of polyamorous relationships and using the Katniss, Gale, Peeta relationship to say that Katniss can be with both Gale and Peeta. Now I am not going to discuss the good or bad of polyamorous relationships, but instead I have a problem with the basis of their argument. Continue reading