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Good, but not great, heroines

Great review of these two similar, yet disparate characters, Chante. I just finished reading and watching the GWTDT and have read the Hunger Games trilogy. Violence is such a slippery slope, isn't it? It is sad that female characters that utilize violence as a tool of revenge (in Lisbeth's case) and survival (in Katniss's case) are given heroine status - but not surprising in a culture that feeds on violence and measures women by patriarchal standards. I, for one, cheered on Lisbeth as she confronted her rapists "guardian" because it's human nature, as you said, to want revenge and justice. I think we're making progress as a culture, though. At least these women don't look like Lara Croft of Tomb Raider. Ha!

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