Who’s the Better Role Model? Katniss Everdeen vs. Bella Swan

29 Mar

Since the Twilight-Franchise and the Hunger Games saga are both very popular, one big question might be: “Which heroine is the better role model?”, especially regarding the main target audience, young women. Is it Bella Swan or Katniss Everdeen?

Round 1: Skills

Before turning into a vampire, Bella’s most intriguing skill is to be immune to the special skills of some other vampires. Katniss Everdeen’s skills include climbing trees and making traps, but her most promising one is her ability to effectively use a bow and arrows.
Bella just happens to have her special skills, whereas Katniss acquired them while trying to keep her family alive. She learned what she needed to know and thus stands for the things you can achieve if you work hard for them.

Round 1 goes to Katniss.

Round 2: Love

Bella is torn between the love of her life, vampire Edward, and her best friend werewolf Jacob. When separated from her one true love, she likes to endanger her own life because it makes her believe she can hear his voice again. A rather questionable attitude.
Katniss is also part of a love triangle, close to her childhood friend Gale, and Peeta the boy who’s send to the arena with her. But to her, love doesn’t come first, her family is her priority.

Round 2 goes to Katniss (mainly because while boyfriends might come and go, your family always is your family)

Round 3: Appearance

Both, Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence, are beautiful young women. And just to make that clear, Jennifer’s curves are amazing. Hopefully she’ll keep them and not listen to those who call her too ‘big’.

Round 3 goes to both.

Round 4: Goals

Bella’s main goal is to stay with Edward forever. Thus she wants to become a vampire. Which means giving up the life she used to have in order to be with him. He doesn’t ask her to do that, but it is what she wants. Katniss’ main goal is to keep her beloved sister Prim alive and happy. Her activities are motivated by her love for her. Thus she endangers her own life to protect her.

Round 4 goes to Katniss (because her wish isn’t motivated by what would make herself happy, but by how she can make another person happy)

Result:

Katniss seems to be a better role model for young women. She is independent, strong and brave, and her priority in life is not her boyfriend. Bella’s attitude is questionable, especially when she is separated from her love. Do we really want young women to think that their life is worthless without their boyfriend?

What’s your opinion? Do you agree or disagree? Feel free to discuss!

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8 Responses to “Who’s the Better Role Model? Katniss Everdeen vs. Bella Swan”

  1. Verena March 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I absolute agree! But I never liked Bella 😉
    Jennifer is so beautiful and I think Katniss is really a great role model!

    • bearnerdette March 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

      I think Bella feels like an outdated heroine. Her attitude, especially regarding love, is quite a bit oldfashioned. And yes, Jennifer is absolutely stunning! 🙂

  2. Kate April 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    I agree. Katniss taught me to be strong, love my family, and fight for what I believe in. The only thing Bella taught me was that if I didn’t drop everything for my boyfriend, and then get married and have children right out of high school, I was worthless.

    • bearnerdette April 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

      Sorry for the late reply. Katniss is a great role model and I wish any young woman would read the books. ❤ They teach so many valuable lessons.

  3. Jamie Insalaco January 16, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    I agree, they’re both beautiful women, but Jennifer Lawrence is just smokin hot in every conceivable way. Sure, Kristen Stewart is lovely, but I don’t think the fire dress in Hunger Games was a special effect – she’s just that hot.

    I also tend to agree that Bella’s character feels a bit outdated – but then, the last Twilight movie turned into an X-Men movie, so… I dunno. Whatever. It’s Twilight. I didn’t expect much, I didn’t get much, but there is still plenty to be “entertained” by.

    • bearnerdette January 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

      Ha, true words about Jennifer. 😀

      Yes, and entertainment is of importance too.

  4. Coby September 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    I agree with your opinion, but I don’t think that you can really compare the two women, because they’re completely different. Bella is just a beautiful girl and fanatic of her boyfriend, she has no interessting characteristics. But Katniss is a big hope for young girls, to achieve the impossible, so maybe a better comparison would be Scarlett O’Hara or another heroine. In my opinion also the actresses differ extremely from each other (Jennifer is so cool!).

    • bearnerdette September 11, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

      You’re right, it’s really hard to compare them because Katniss’ character has much more depth.

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