The new trend of hip but distressed young teen girls in turmoil is sweeping the young adult nation. From Bella Swan to Esperanza, these strong but misguided women are at the forefront of our generation. But the two teens that are leading this march towards feminine angst are Katniss Everdeen and Beatrice (Tris) Prior.
Now if you know nothing about these two women I suggest you check out these sites: The Hunger Games and Divergent. Or even better you should probably read the books. But if you have read these fabulous books then you'll be familiar with the main characters. In The Hunger Games there is strong family oriented Katniss Everdeen who volunteers to partake in a brutal fight to the death match with various other children. On the other hand you have rebellious risk taker Beatrice Prior who leaves her family for a new faction finding love and a sinister plot along the way. Both females have extraordinary qualities. But only one can claim the title of Queen of the Young Adult fiction realm and my bet is on Tris.
Let's start from the basics: characteristics. Girls want a protagonist that they can relate to and also aspire to be like. Divergent is the solid form of an online personality test. Only a couple of chapters into the book and readers are placing themselves into the five factions. Tris places herself into what can be considered the most B.A. faction of them all: Dauntless A.K.A. bravery. The other options are Erudite (intelligence), Amity (peace/friendship), Abnegation (selflessness), and Candor (honesty). Now some of these are cool but let's be honest everyone wants to be brave. Katniss is also pretty brave (she's killing people in a dome). Both girls win in that they are brave but lose because they're also introverted. They are the shy silent type that most people have trouble talking to. This isn't what most girls want to see in themselves. But one thing Tris has that Katniss doesn't is beauty. Or perhaps lack thereof. Veronica Roth, author of Divergent, sets is up so that Tris isn't exceedingly beautiful. In fact there isn't one moment in the book where it says "I looked so beautiful it burned my eyes". She admits she only looks average but it's alright. Katniss has many moments of absolute beauty (one during the parade). In my opinion, the average looking but strong willed protagonist beats the dependent beautiful one. But here's one for Katniss. Tris leaves her selfless Abnegation family to join the crazy Dauntless life. Katniss theoretically gives up her life to save her sister from this sadistic cage match which gives her a one point advantage. But throughout her journey Tris stays true to herself and makes decisions that may not be the best but she realizes her mistakes or at least admits to them. Her inner battle is between doing the right/moral thing or doing what she feels which is most often than not the wrong decision. Katniss's turmoil is less relateable. We can't truly understand the feeling of killing off another human being in such a casual way. But we can understand doing what is right and doing what feels right.
But if that doesn't help make a decision look at who they end up with. SPOILER ALERT! Katniss ends up with Peeta. Yeah he's a sweet guy but he's the nice guy. No girls wants the nice guy who bakes. He's a push over who will do anything for the girl he saved including giving up his life. Undying but uncalled for affection is so 00's. Tris has the powerful and authoritative Four who isn't afraid to challenge her but still helps/trains Tris. They have a good relationship that isn't formed because they have no one else but rather because they like each other and can depend on each other for emotional support. Katniss ends up with Peeta because he's the only other survivor from the Hunger Games. She sort of just ends up with him. No wonderful connection or emotional back story about how they realized they were meant to be. Just married with kids. Which is real life I suppose. But why read young adult if you want real life?
In the battle of the babes, Tris wins. Hands down.