Sunday, April 01, 2012

we need strong women characters to inspire us like that

so to end International Women's Month, out of sheer boredom, i decided to walk my way to the nearest mall and watch the movie Hunger Games last night.


sidebar: for some weird reason, listening to, and sometimes, singing the Philippine National Anthem, brings tears to my eyes.

i have been hearing a lot about The Hunger Games movie and the book and i wanted to know what the fuss was about. i had initially wanted to watch it during the week as i was on "day shift" but there was always something in the way that made me not go.

the movie takes place in a post-apocalyptic world called Panem, which consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve impoverished districts. as punishment for a past rebellion against the government, the Capitol initialized the Hunger Games, where every year, each district would send two tributes - a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to fight to the death until there is only one remaining victor. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to be the tribute from their district when she hears her sister's name being called out. during the Reaping (training ground for tributes), Peeta Mellark, the male tribute from District 12, reveals his long-standing unrequited love for Katniss which she considers a ploy to get crucial audience support.

anyway, i'm pretty sure most of you have either read the book or watched the film already so i'm not going to go into the details of how it starts or ends.

i liked it. i loved Katniss' strong character and how brave she was. it made me interested to go get the books. it also made me happy to see Lenny Kravitz acting.

we need a lot of strong women characters to inspire younger ladies to be brave. we need to see that it is a difficult life and how we can empower ourselves to try to make it better without losing our identities. Peeta put it very nicely when he said, "I just keep wishing I could think of a way to show them that they don't own me. If I'm gonna die, I wanna still be me."

there's so much going on in reality TV that you wonder if it is actually real. just like the current impeachment case for our Chief Justice: so many people want to impress the audience that they fail to accomplish their duty which is to seek the truth. we need to keep our integrity as a people even when no one is watching. Katniss, as a means to survive, had to pretend to like Peeta to get the help she needed in order for both of them to survive.

sometimes i think people try to pretend to be someone they are not in order to survive this world we live in, which i hope i don't have to do. i got by in the world not having to, and i wish i never have to start.

i am glad that younger girls who are into reading have books like the Hunger Games to look forward to. it inspires them to be strong and to protect themselves. i know it inspired me. i am slowly trying not to be afraid anymore.