Miley Cyrus’s Boyfriend
Throws Trash In Her Car,
Stars In The Hunger Games

“I’m not even hungover, but I was super-super-super­-hungry,” Liam says, proudly pointing at the crumpled wrapper and bag on the floor of the Disney Queen of Tween’s $100,000 convertible.

Here’s Details writer Mickey Rapkin’s breakdown of Hemsworth’s Hunger Games character:

 In The Hunger Games, Liam stars as Gale, a brooding man-child suffering a serious case of heartache when his girl, Katniss, is shipped off to compete in the killer Olympics. It’s Liam – not Jennifer Lawrence – who is this film’s ingénue, a pretty young thing watching the hero do battle.

Other than referring to Katniss as “his girl” (really?), Rapkin hits the nail on the head: Liam’s character occupies the unusual role of Female Protagonist’s (Potential) Boyfriend. But fret not, fashionable gentlemen readers! You needn’t be off-put by the relegation of a strapping young man to the sidelines:

“He’s so vital to understanding where she comes from,” says the film’s director, Gary Ross. “We need to feel for her and her connection to him.”

It’s true. Without Gale, who would even given a crap about that chick – what was her name again? Snapkiss? I mean, she’s cool and all, but Gale, he’s like, vital.

Gentlemen, listen up:

Katniss is strong, smart, brave, and loyal. She is a fucking badass protagonist. Yes, she has lady parts and you have man parts, but guys, seriously: YOU ARE ALLOWED TO IDENTIFY WITH HER.

4 thoughts on “Miley Cyrus’s Boyfriend
Throws Trash In Her Car,
Stars In The Hunger Games

  1. I think Gale is important in understanding where Katniss comes from as far as the district she came from. He taught her how to hunt/trap and she eventually surpassed him in her bow skills. That doesn’t mean I didn’t identify with Katniss in the book, in fact Gale and Peeta both kind of got annoying in their mopey “well, it’s okay fine, cool, whatever, do you like me check the yes or no box” moments because Katniss wasn’t overtly going “OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU”, she was more reserved with her feelings. So again I think he is important to understanding who Katniss is but only as a person with certain skills and feelings towards her district, but not as a main character or a love interest….

    • It’s awesome that you were able to identify with Katniss. Women read books about male protagonists and see films about male protagonists and no one blinks an eye. But men, I believe, are conditioned from a very young age not to identify with female protagonists. That’s why it’s so frustrating to me when Dude Mags have to paint the peripheral male character as VITAL to the story. Sure, Gale helps define Katniss, just as Prim and Rue and Finnick et al. help define Katniss. I just wish more men felt comfortable living vicariously through lady characters.

      ps: lol, “check the yes or no box”

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