(See the intro post for all the daily themes.)
Day 26 – Best hero.
This one’s another tough one, because of the way that heros come in all shapes, sizes, and definitions according to the situation that they face. The perfect hero in one situation could be utterly lost in the next one, and where some people find the ‘best’ hero to be one without flaw, others find a flawed and relatable hero to be better than all others.
I think, though, that in terms of versatility in a hero, I’m going to have to pick Katniss, from Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games
It may seem like an odd choice for best hero, but I find Katniss’s versatility in the face of overwhelming odds quite heroic. She knows she’s likely to die, and if she doesn’t die, for the sake of her family she knows she’ll have to put up a good fight and probably kill at least one person. She spends the entire book staring death in the face, and while it doesn’t leave her without fear, she ploughs on ahead, doing what she has to do in the best way she knows how.
And at the end of it all, she faces death down on final time, thinking that she would rather kill herself than give the cruel organizers of the game the chance to see a profoundly personal kill-or-be-killed showdown. Girl’s got balls, and there’s no denying that.
Katniss is the kind of hero borne out of desperation and necessity rather than some great destiny, but she’s no less a hero for that origin. She’s relatable, believable, and the kind of hero we could pass by on the street every day, whether we know it or not. She may not end up doing epic things in a battle of good versus evil, but I think she can hold her own against some of the best of them.