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What Really Makes Katniss Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend

This article is a great example of gender dynamics in movies, only this time the roles are reversed. The article discusses the Hunger Games movies, and how the character Peeta is actually more of a “Movie Girlfriend” than a “Movie Boyfriend”. It has already been discussed many times how Katniss is not the typical female lead, because she is very physically capable and skilled, as well as more emotionally reserved. However, what has not been pointed out as much is how Peeta is not a typical male lead due to his lesser physical ability, his needing saved by Katniss multiple times, and the fact that he is more emotional and more open to discussing feelings. In effect, Peeta is the stereotypical damsel in distress that is normally played by a girl in a majority of video games and movies. What strengthens this appearance of Peeta as the movie girlfriend is the presence of Gale, who is the stereotypical “Movie Boyfriend”, and Katniss has to choose between them. This movie puts an interesting spin on typical movie gender roles, and it is intriguing and refreshing.