Debra Saunders

Katniss Everdeen, 'A Young Sarah Palin'

Today in her syndicated column today, conservative writer Debra Saunders compares “Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen to Sarah Palin, saying that just like the maverick-y former Republican vice presidential candidate, Everdeen is “fearless” and “does not submit to authority”:

Panem throws in extra incentives -- special homes for the victor, and the winner's district receives extra rations for a year. The games work, President Coriolanus Snow observes, because the contestants impart "hope."

In contrast, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd sees a downer trend in the "Fifty Shades of Grey'' trilogy, which involves a dominant male and a submissive female; its hot-seller status, Dowd writes, is a sign of modern female self-debasement.

Maybe. I haven't read those books.

But I've read "The Hunger Games," and I know that American girls (and boys) are lining up at movie theaters to watch a skilled huntress -- a young Sarah Palin, if you will -- who does not submit to authority. Everdeen might be a girl, but she has a chance of surviving because she mastered the bow and arrow to feed her family after her father's death. Everdeen is not cruel. She always strikes a squirrel in the eye so that it doesn't suffer. She is fierce, but not fearless.
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