The release date for the third HUNGER GAMES book, MOCKINGJAY, is getting closer, and the question I most often see people speculating about is, “Which boy will Katniss end up with?” And I thought, it’s interesting that what engages many people most about even a book that includes revolution and gladiator-type tournaments and government oppression is the romantic element.
And then I thought, is that really true? Or do readers only react that way because Katniss is female, and popular culture generally defines finding “true love” as the most important goal for a woman? A lot of people wondered who Harry Potter would be dating, for example, but the most pressing questions for him seemed to be ones like “How will he defeat Voldemort?” and “Will he survive?”
What do you think? If the HUNGER GAMES trilogy were about a boy who went into the games in his younger brother’s place, would the main topic of discussion be which girl he’d end up with?