If you ever wonder what I’m up to when I’m not in the Berrett-Koehler office or reading manuscripts, this is what I’m doing: writing feminist critiques of popular fantasy action movies with female protagonists. This baby here took several weeks of my life and one full all-nighter. Appreciate.

Byrdie Grey

BEWARE! SPOILERS FOR HUNGER GAMES, TWILIGHT SERIES, AND SUCKER PUNCH.

“A heroine owns her power and controls her own destiny.”
(Dorothy Snarker, AfterEllen.com)

The whole theater is laughing. The trailer continues to wail its sad-serious music, but no one’s listening. Every line and intense stare on-screen gets a new burst of ridiculing laughter. Apparently these Hunger Games fans really don’t have patience for Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 2. We are waiting for fem-power fighting action in the form of Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist of the latest of Hollywood’s book-to-film young adult flicks, based on Suzanne Collins’ novel The Hunger Games. The premise: Surviving in the dystopian world of Panem is close to impossible when Katniss becomes a sacrificial tribute in the Capitol’s [sic] yearly games to-the-death.

I went to see The Hunger Games in San Francisco with my partner Jess the night after it opened in theaters…

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