- It promotes female empowerment. Unlike Bella, Katniss is very self-sufficient. Besides being very capable of getting herself out of trouble, she doesn’t court danger to get the attention of either of her suitors. She saves others more often than she needs to be saved.
- It focuses on more important issues, not on the love triangle featuring Katniss, Peeta, and Gale. Katniss is so consumed by the war, politics, corruption, violence and sadistic entertainment that she can’t afford to dwell too much about her romantic future
- Its conflicts are more realistic because they’re grounded on societal truths.
- It is a social commentary. Oppressed people rising up in the arms against abusive authority is practically an everyday topic on the news.
- It evokes deep human emotions other than romantic love like anger, hatred, fear, hope, and familial love.
- It features unapologetic violence. Minors killing fellow minors seems like a recipe for pop culture disaster, but the author unabashedly told her story no matter how disturbing — an element the filmmakers stayed faithful to.
- It has broader appeal. The dystopian plot and bold violence appeals not just to female tweens and teens and housewife moms, but to males as well.
- It doesn’t feature gratuitous vanity. The female protagonist is never overshadowed by an always dazzling of often-shirtless suitor, and Katniss never dwells on how physically beautiful Peeta and Gale are.
- It doesn’t sell sex. Its story is so rich that it doesn’t need to sensationalize the characters’ sexual tension to attract readers.
- Nobody sparkles. Okay, because of all that fighting, some of the characters do sparkle, but with sweat and not diamonds. To be fair, nobody but Edward can pull off that sparkly look, anyway.
Katniss also doesn’t hate who she is; makes reading her first person story a lot easier. AND she never tries to kill herself because Gale or Peeta left her. She tries her damnedest to live, in fact.