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.  

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Comment by Aliya Ahsan on March 19, 2012 at 11:28am

I completely agree. While I read "The Hunger Games," Katniss seemed a pretty cool character, but I could really connect with her life. Like, I can't really put myself  into the book, which was partly why I never really read on the the second and third books in the trilogy. But I could with "Divergent," since it was, like what you said before, basically a personality test, and I could picture myself living in Amity or Candor.

Comment by Kelly Cannon on March 19, 2012 at 4:31pm

Oh, Snooks. I love this blog. I love both The Hunger Games and Divergent, but realistically there are only a few aspects of both girls that I can relate to, and frankly, I think they are very similar characters. I don't read Young Adult to relate to the characters, I do it to find entertainment. Personally I was on Team Gale, and obviously love Four(I refuse to call him Tobias, the name doesn't fit him), and like any teenage girl, I loved the love stories strewn throughout these books. The bad boys vs. good guys battle is realistic, but I hate to break it to you, we live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, not a dystopian society like district 12, so I will never be able to fully relate with either protagonist.

Comment by Sarah Cho on March 19, 2012 at 5:52pm

Totally agree with you, Sadhana. The Hunger Games was great, but ultimately I'd have to say Tris as well. Though there are many similarities between the two stories, between the two characters there are only a few I'd say, and those branch off into differences. Both are great books though!

Comment by Christian Vail on March 19, 2012 at 6:01pm

I did enjoy both books, and I thought that Katniss and Triss were incredibly similar characters.  One of the few differences I see is that Katniss is more family oriented, and Triss seems to be very independent.  I enjoyed both, and am looking forward to reading more books by both authors!

Comment by Alisaur Maniscalco on March 20, 2012 at 7:30pm

Gah. I love them both so much and I find them both so easy to connect with but... I have to admit I agree with you here. Maybe it's because I just finished Divergent recently, but...


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