The Appeal of Female YA Heroines

MTV has a rundown of what appeals to us about two popular YA heroines: Bella and Katniss

No matter how you feel about “The Twilight Saga” as a film franchise, Stephenie Meyer’s vampire romance inspired millions of young readers to pick up a book and read. Anything that gets young people to lose themselves in the written word — whether it’s “Twilight,” “The Hunger Games” or “Game of Thrones” — is a positive step.

This week’s “Twilight” Tuesday is all about understanding what it is exactly about the characters in these books, particularly the very popular YA genre, that gets us obsessed and day-dreamy about them. Why do we love Bella and Katniss? What does that say about young readers today and the future of the genre? I took my questions to a few very informed experts.

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  1. I completely agree with the other comments. Why didn’t they ask people who actually understood the books?

  2. I agree with what everyone has said and what really upsets me,is that we know all of those things about Bella,yet to those who haven’t read the books,they just see what’s “seemingly” on the surface. She’s not a damsel in distress by any means,because she gets right in the middle of the situation. Both she and Edward rescue each other and that’s what makes a true parternship work. Once she becomes a vampire herself,she’s able to save everyone from the Volturi. I guess it takes actually reading the books and listening to some of our discussions to know these facts.

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