Be the Mockingjay

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Nov. 20, 2015 marks the grand finale for one of the biggest blockbusters to ever hit theaters. Almost a year to the day since the 2014 release of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” the second installment, “Mockingjay — Part 2” will finally be premiered.

There are many things to be excited about with the premiere of “Mockingjay — Part 2.” However, from the viewing parties to catching up on the first three movies to the midnight showings, there is one element driving the buzz, and that is the way in which we have been consumed by the characters. These dystopian stories are meant to put the reader in another place and time and make them imagine what it would be like to live in a fictional oppressive hierarchy. The Hunger Games trilogy quickly became successful because it sparked our interest in an unimaginable fate for humanity, and the stories captured our hearts with characters that came to life far beyond their figurative existence.

No matter how deep your love for the dystopian Hunger Games trilogy travels, there is one thing that will absolutely demand your attention and ignite a great sense of inspiration: the Mockingjay. Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, quickly became known for her bravery after volunteering for the Hunger Games in place of her younger sister, Primrose. Katniss claimed the title of “Girl on Fire” when she wore that famously flaming dress for her Capitol debut. Apparently Panem didn’t know what happens when you play with fire.

Throughout the stories, Katniss falls nothing short of her title as the “Girl on Fire.” Taking a powerful stance in the first movie to claim a co-victory with Peeta, then defying all odds, the Gamemakers scheme against her in the second movie, “Catching Fire” and finally formulating a high-stakes plan for freedom in “Mockingjay Part — 1,” Katniss’s blazing character is greatly admirable.

As the Mockingjay, Katniss portrays a commendable sense of resilience. While the Capitol views her acts as pure rebellion, her strength and confidence are precisely what allows her to ignite a movement and fuel the change that promises to take place in “Mockingjay — Part 2.”

Katniss Everdeen is a superwoman in her own right, comparable to some of the most respectable heroines before her time. She has all the slick athleticism of Black Widow, the intuitive smarts of Catwoman and the poise of a classic Disney Princess. Katniss’ well-rounded Mockingjay status helps her make a difference in her world, and with an open mind and a bit of Mockingjay influence, you could make a change in your world as well.

Perhaps you’re not curious about what the future holds for Panem, or maybe you’re not even dying to know what will come of Katniss and Peeta’s love affair. Nonetheless, “Mockingjay — Part 2” is a movie you won’t want to miss.


Emily Murray is a senior majoring in professional writing and minoring in public relations. She loves fashion, especially writing about it, and enjoys working with VIM Magazine, CollegeFashionista and keeping up with her own blog, From Me to Hue. Emily is also a member of the MSU Dance Club.


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