so after i finished Mockingjay Part 2 last night, while i was sitting in my seat and trying to compose myself, i listened to this girl in front of me rant about how the ending sucked, how depressing it was. she didn’t understand why Katniss didn’t become the new leader. she thought it was sad that she was exiled to Twelve to live alone.
and i just thought, wow. this is sad. because this girl doesn’t understand Katniss’ character at all. and this is the problem with the media and the general moviegoing public. they completely misunderstand Katniss because they project what they want out of a hero onto her. what they’ve come to expect of their heroes. they completely strip away her own agency, her own wishes and desires for her life, and want her to do what they want a hero to do. never mind the fact that Katniss repeats ad nauseam “i never wanted any of this.” they want someone extraordinary, not understanding just how ordinary Katniss Everdeen is, how human she is. they want their heroes flawed, but not infallible. they want epic heroic narratives where the good guys win and everything is right by the end. every other popcorn action movie will tell you that story, but that’s not this story.
that’s not Katniss’ story.
Katniss is just an ordinary girl, who does extraordinary things. and then those things eventually break her. but even after all that, all the trauma and brutality, she still goes on to live an ordinary life. that’s what she wanted.
and that’s the extraordinary part.