Katniss and Bella and Inventions

on January 5, 2012 in Misc

First off, I want to pause and make an announcement…

My friend and fellow writer Robert Read has an exciting new blog about an educational charity he’s started.  It’s called Public Invention for All Mankind, and it’s all about people coming together and supporting, encouraging, and coaching inventors who are trying to create things that will help other people.  I highly recommend checking it out.

Go Robert!


And now for the topic at hand…

This is one of those days when my brain is foggy and my concentration sucks like a Hoover and I swear that simply stringing a few entertaining sentences together is beyond my literary capability.

Hence  I’m kinda copping out by writing about a literary-slash-movie dust-up that seems to be taking shape over the upcoming release of the Hunger Games movie (which I am SO looking forward to!).  To whit:  how does Katniss of the Hunger Games trilogy compare to Bella of the Twilight series?

Here’s a article that appeared on MSNBC.com about this topic:


As you can guess I’m fascinated by this because I created action heroine/scholar Layla Daltry, and yes she’s a grown-up in a thriller and not a teenager in a YA, but good and bad characters come in all shapes and ages and genres, and for me Katniss was a revelation of how superb and captivating a YA protagonist can be.  I mean, even the first chapter of Hunger Games blew me away.  Within a few pages author Suzanne Collins established Katniss’ character, her family, her situation, and her dark world and had me begging for more.  As for Bella in Twilight, I must confess, as I’ve done once before in these web pages…

I never read the Twilight books.

I tried.  I really did try.  I picked up a copy in a bookstore and read the first couple pages and skimmed a few scenes about Bella in her high school classes and her problems and feelings and…

OMG I just so didn’t care.

Then when the movie popped up on TV I tried to watch it.  But all I could think was… Why is Bella always in a funk and looks so depressed and why is that guy beating her up and oh good here comes her rescuer but I think I’ll change the channel and when I flip back to the movie she still looks so unhappy, and I remember that a couple friends who read and liked the series still complained that they sometimes wanted to whack Bella up the side of her head and tell her to snap out of it.  And I also remember how a couple guys in the office saw Twilight and they couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about and Bella so didn’t do anything for them.  Then there was the funny and snarky “Why I Hate Twilight” link I came across:


Then again, millions of sold copies means there’s something in the Twilight series that clearly speaks to a lot of young girls and grown women, and more power to them.  But as for me, I’m sticking with Katniss and Hunger Games.  Then again, the covers of the original Twilight books are brilliant and real works of art, while the covers of the HG trilogy are for me just serviceable.

8 Responses to “Katniss and Bella and Inventions”

  1. I’ve seen a couple of the Twilight movies and thought the same thing – Belle has everything, so why is she moody and depressed?

  2. Helena says:

    Alex — Maybe because she has to choose between the Vamp and the Were and she wants both?

  3. Ciara Knight says:

    I don’t like the movies. The books were okay. I saw what others saw and respect their opinion. They are not my favorite books. They were okay.

  4. Helena says:

    Ciara — Yet there are so many readers out there who are Twilight fanatics! Interesting…

  5. Old Kitty says:

    I’ve not read the Twilight books but I know my nephews are crazy about them! LOL! I think their mum is too (my sister) but then I think she just wanted to be in with her sons (oh I sound so terrible!) but I’m just thinking so long as they are reading..!

    I’m still at the Harry Potter stage and my vampire reading experiences continues to remain with Anne Rice..! I am SO not down with the kids! LOL!

    Take caer

  6. Helena says:

    Old Kitty — Hey, your nephews are reading fat books so good for them! As for vampires, I read the Sookie Stackhouse/ Charlaine Harris series, but I did like Anne Rices The Witching Hour (not vampires, but still supernatural).

  7. Hart says:

    Oh, I LOVE the Twilight Hate… My daughter begged me, so I got through the first book, but they are SO bad. (or, well… the one I actually read was)… But I despise Bella as a heroine–no personality AT ALL.

    And I LOVE Katniss, largely because she isn’t all that sympathetic in some ways, but she has totally stepped up for her family–it lets her be the TOUGH she has to be for her story, but still the character we want to root for. And you want to hate the romantic foil (Peeta) but he is just too decent… it was brilliantly done. All of it.

  8. Helena says:

    Hart — So I take it you’ll be like me and see The Hunger Games the first weekend it comes out. And Katniss isn’t always sympathetic, is she? But Collins shows you why she got to be how she is, which makes all the difference for the reader.