After reading them all (thanks to Amazon Prime lending library to my Kindle, I got them all for free over the last few months), I'm curious to hear your thoughts. I wasn't a huge fan of Collins' writing style, but there's a lot of interesting and potentially subversive stuff going on in these books. Obviously they're a (broad) parody of reality television, but I wondered whether Katniss' choice between Peeta and Gale was merely a storytelling hook or whether it was also a commentary on the role of women in most young adult fiction, or, heck, most fiction in general. Obviously the hook throughout the novels was to find out who she was going to wind up with, but that in itself felt like a weird meta-commentary on female, uh, proactiveness? in romantic situations? So often in fiction women are kind of cardboard cutouts that exist for a man to pursue and win over, and I'm curious if Collins didn't set up Katniss' dilemma as a kind of remedy to that situation.