I split my TV viewing time the other night between a prime-time network show and a DVD. Both had the same theme of bow-toting heroines in their determined quest of good over evil. In the movie Brave, the flaming redheaded princess Merida gallops through the Scottish forest on board her trusty mount Angus with bow in hand, striking the bullseye of every suspended target. In Revolution, Charlie and Miles use their crossbows and swords to rescue family members held prisoner by the militia. These are just two examples of Hollywood’s recent and continuing obsession with archery and bowhunting.
The trigger behind the targeted trend is the 2012 mega-smash Hunger Games. A young girl, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, uses her bow to acquire game and survive a televised battle to the death in a broken nation. That movie is the first in a trilogy with additional releases planned in the coming years. (In fact, filming of the second installment, Catching Fire, is currently underway in Hawaii.)