Saturday, September 14, 2013
Katniss and Peeta
When I first met Gale I immediately knew he was going to be a love interest for Katniss. I liked Gale at first, and I really wanted him and Katniss to be together. I told myself that I wasn't going to fall for the second love interest, who was going to be Peeta, but I didn't know that while I was first reading. But then when Peeta's name got called at the reaping (um spoilers, but seriously if you don't know by now then you must be living under a rock) I changed my mind. I knew I was going to end up loving Peeta. As the book progressed I loved Peeta more and more and more, and I liked Gale less and less.
I don't like Katniss. She rubs me the wrong way. So does Gale. I think realistically she should have been with Gale, or maybe nobody at all. But she ended up with Peeta and that's what I wanted the entire time I read the book. Peeta was one of the few mainish characters in the book that I didn't hate, really it was just him and Haymitch that I liked. Katniss and Peeta shouldn't have worked, but they did, and most people wanted them to work. Peeta was too good for Katniss, you can yell at me all you want but it's my opinion and I think it's the right one.
So I hate Katniss and Peeta together, but I still ship them? Why? I think people ship Katniss and Peeta because they just like Peeta. We don't look at the fact that Katniss is undeserving. We look at how much Peeta loves Katniss. We want Peeta to be happy, and, in the end, he is. I don't think people ship Katniss and Peeta. I think they ship Peeta and happiness. I'm not in love with the pairing, I'm in love with Peeta. When he's happy the fandom is happy.
But Peeta and Katniss aren't all bad together. They have some real moments. They have some kind of connection. If they didn't we wouldn't want them together. I think one of the other reasons I allow myself to ship them is because Katniss is able to care about Peeta, and she really doesn't do that with many other people. She cares in a sense about others, but not as much as she cares when something bad happens to Peeta.
Katniss and Peeta may not be a perfect ship, but somehow they still work. Somehow we still want them together. And that's okay. The best relationships aren't perfect, they're flawed.