They are both survivors. It is ingrained in their very beings, at the essences of who they are. But if they were fighting each other, who would come out on top? Graceling‘s Katsa or The Hunger Games‘ Katniss?
Hand-to-Hand Combat: Katsa
Katniss is sneaking through the forest and suddenly she sees Katsa! Katniss t–oh. Katniss is dead. No, I understand that Katniss survived the Hunger Games and championed a revolution, but Katsa don’t care about political motivation. Katsa don’t give a… anything. Whatever it is, Katsa gives none of them.
The Battlefield of Love: Katniss
I would take Po over Peeta any day. (Fangirls! Sheath your weapons.) But the one-two shot of Peeta and Gale trumps the combined Po and Giddon. Also–Katniss really draws out that choice. I mean, her hesitation is excruciating. Katsa’s love conflict is less a bloody battle and more a weak, friendly arm-punch.
Gray eyes, while edgy and cool, do not trump mixy-matchy heterochromic eyes. Plus, Katsa’s eyes are linked to her Grace. They are Important and Meaningful. Capitals necessary.
To be clear: This isn’t going to Katniss because she is the better shot. She isn’t. Katsa could notch a hundred arrows at once, let loose, and sign her name in a tree. Point to Katniss because she had to work so hard to become an accomplished archer. Baby Katsa probably picked up a bow by chance and shot a bull’s-eye by accident. Is this a pity point? Not gonna say yes, but not gonna say no . . .
Battle Royale: Katsa
I mean–yeah. If you’ve read both books, just–yeah. If you’ve only read The Hunger Games and you’re all like, “FIGMENT. YOU HAVE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE.” I’ma be like, “You do not get to speak to me until you go read Graceling. After reading, you are free to tell me off as much as you like. Until then, SILENCE PEON!”
Who should duke it out next? Tell us in the comments!