Still waiting for a heroine of confidence
Little girls need role models. So do grown women. Instead, they get characters like Katniss Everdeen. Katniss, if you haven’t heard, is the bow-and-arrow-wielding teenage heroine of the film “The Hunger Games,’’ based on a best-selling young-adult trilogy that is deeply adored by teenage girls and women substantially older. But if girls on movie screens are also metaphors, then Katniss is a problematic heroine, too: yet another young woman who shoulders burdens, fulfills other people’s desires, instead of bending the world to her will.