Books or fan fiction: Gender and relationships in the Hunger Games fan fiction versus the original trilogy

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2021-01-27
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This thesis aims to find out how fan fictions and the original books of The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins differ and resemble each other when looking at the romantic relationship and use of gender between the two main characters, Katniss and Peeta. This as there was research about fan fictions, but not specifically into The Hunger Games in combination with the use of gender and relationships in these books. First, the different books of the trilogy and fan fictions have been studied, then the link to gender theory and character development was made. Important for Judith Butler’s gender theory is that the first person and main character is a strong female, linking in with feminism and confidence. Furthermore, there are many female characters in The Hunger Games Trilogy and Katniss is the main character. Her strongness and determination in the fan fictions is the same as in the original books. The character development was studied with the actantial model by A.J. Greimas, finding that in all fan fictions and books Katniss was the subject.
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