(cont.) It’s not only unrealistic; it also narrows the potential for protagonists. ...Just thought I’d bring it up. I’m happy to hear thoughts that differ, of course. :)
But literary heroes are supposed to be just that—heroes. Of course we’re never going to be able to aim an arrow as well as Katniss or memorize books like Hermione, but we should want to aspire to be more like those girls. Plus, Hermione and Katniss do have obtainable qualities: They’re brave, selfless, do the right thing, stand up for themselves, are strong in the face of danger, and above all, they don’t let men push them around. Their self worths aren’t based on their male counterparts.