The Mockingjay is born today!

Katniss

Katniss Everdeen, born May 8, District 12

Every once in a while someone comes along that you can just tell is going to be special. Someone that will voluntarily take the place of her younger sister as a sacrificial participant in a brutal contest of combat and survival where the only way to get out alive is to kill. And win. Twice. And then become the symbol of the resistance force that will rise up to fight the oppressive and brutal regime that oversaw the whole bloody contest to begin with. And then succeed in overthrowing the whole government and setting up a new society… For example.

More importantly, in the real world at least, Katniss and her story (The Hunger Games trilogy, just in case there is anyone reading this that doesn’t already know) helped get people into reading in a big way. It did for post-apocalyptic YA what Twilight did for vampires or what Harry Potter did for witches and wizards – it brought it out of the realm of genre fiction and made it mainstream. It made it cool. And people, in particular young people, pay attention to what’s cool. Not bad for a teen-aged poacher from the outer districts. Join us in issuing a three-finger salute to Katniss on her special day.

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