It’s been a while since I read The Hunger Games books, so I am basing Effie very much on how Elizabeth Banks plays her in the films. Which is amazing, by the way! I’m not sure they could have found anyone better.
To begin with, Effie thinks the way that all people from the Capitol think – she looks down the people of District 12. Essentially, she feels that she is better than them, as this is what the Capitol has led her to believe, but she soon starts to see that what she has been taught may not be completely true.
Effie could have continued to be ignorant to the prejudice in the world that she lived in – just like the other escorts and prep teams. Instead, she becomes fond of Katniss and Peeta and starts to understand the injustice of what is about to happen to the two young tributes.
This is increased during the Quarter Quell when she has to send her friends back into the arena. She’s from the Capitol, so she shouldn’t be upset and yet she is. She starts to realise that change needs to happen and although she’s not willing to pyhsically fight, she will stand behind those that are trying to do the right thing.
This is what I love about Effie. She realises that the rebellion is necessary, but she doesn’t agree with the violence and death of so many innocent people. The rebels lose their vision, and are willing to destroy the Capitol and all those that live there in order to complete their aim. Effie never loses her head during the time that the new world is being created. She’s just the best sort of person.
I wanted to re-create Effie’s orange butterfly outfit, but I couldn’t find anything – literally anything – that would work. I’m still quite happy with what I’ve managed to put together though!