“Hunger Games” and the One-Girl Revolution

Last week, the latest film in the Hunger Games series— Catching Fire, topped the box office. It’s no surprise that this film is getting rave reviews, and topped the box office— because the series has a huge following. But, there also seems to be something special about the Hunger Games that is uniquely connecting with people.

People who saw Catching Fire either loved it or thought it was “meh” (read Acculturated’s Mark Judge and R.J. Moeller’s thoughts on it). But I love these films, much because of the theme – that one person has the power to change the world.

In the first Hunger Games film, the main character, Katniss Everdeen, risks her life in order to stand up for what is right— and shifts the path of the nation in the process. Katniss’ character shows that one person has the power to change the course of history and impact the world. Katniss is a one-girl revolution.

In Catching Fire, the “one-girl revolution” becomes contagious, and broadens to a nationwide revolution. Katniss’ determination and passion inspires the other “Districts” to rise up against the oppression and injustice present in their part of the country. Everyone is captivated by Katniss’ strength and passion, and she inspires the public to stand up for truth, and bring forth a revolution.

Throughout the series, Katniss is defiant against oppression, and always fights for the rights of the people. She is willing to stand on her own, and fight for the truth, even when it seems that the rest of the world is against her. She often doesn’t see the power that she has.

“She has no idea the effect she can have.”

                        – Peeta Mellark on Katniss

Katniss struggles, like anyone else would, on whether she should play along with the Games or stand on her own and fight for what is right. She chooses the latter and becomes a light to the world. Like Katniss, we are given the opportunity to make this decision, and if we choose to be a voice for truth, we have the power to inspire others.

Like most people, Katniss doesn’t want to live an extraordinary life – she just wants to live an ordinary life with her friends and family. But, her life takes a dramatic turn, when she volunteers as “tribute” to replace her younger sister in the Hunger Games.

Katniss is stubborn, determined, and feisty; but she is also empathetic, passionate, and courageous. Her stubbornness, determination, and fire, is what saves her many times throughout the Games. While her empathy, passion, and courage, is what leads her to protect others, fight for the truth, and inspires others.

Katniss is like any other woman, really. Women are a fascinating mixture of qualities, emotions, and talents. Like Katniss, we are not perfect and have our moments of failure and cowardice – but, when we are passionate, determined and focused, we are unstoppable.

I know I’m focused on women here – but men, you can change the world too.

One person has the power to change the world. And one person can inspire a nation and ignite a revolution for change – as seen in Catching Fire.

But we can all often be our own worst enemy. We see a change that we want to make in our life or in the world, but fear can keep us from these dreams. We see a possible relationship, but it becomes “the one that got away” because we don’t want the risk. We see our dream job opportunity or a career change that could put us on the right path, but we don’t take it – because we don’t want the risk. Or we spend our days complaining about life or things that are going on in the world, but we won’t take the risk of working towards change.

Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.” I love this quote and not just for women – but for everyone. We are often our own worst enemy. And the only person stopping us from changing the world— is ourselves.

If we strive to be like Katniss and are willing to take a risk, we have the power to change the world and inspire others.

My favorite quote from the trailer of Catching Fire is, “Every revolution begins with a spark.” It just takes one person, one spark – to ignite a nation and change the world.

The world needs people who take risks, who strive to motivate others, and who fight for truth. Take risks and strive for greatness – be like Katniss. You have the power to change the world.

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