gr:peeta

My brother just watched the Hunger Games movies for the first time. The following are his exact words…

First time Peeta and Katniss kiss: “Aw, cute.”

First time Gale and Katniss kiss: “Um, who the fuck are you?”

Gale and Katniss kiss again: “Excuse me, leave.”

Peeta gets shocked by the force field: “Naw bitch, naw, you’re fine. Get up and hold Katniss.”

Peeta gives Katniss the pearl: “Mmhmm, that’s how you treat a girl. What’s that Gary guy gonna give you? A lump of coal?”

Plutarch tells Katniss they left Peeta behind: “No! NO! I WAS ROOTING FOR YOU! WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU!”

Katniss kisses Gale in her kitchen: “Katniss, you are fine and wonderful woman, you should really respect yourself more.”

Gale whines about Katniss only kissing him when he’s in pain: “BITCH TAKE WHAT YOU CAN GET! SHE’S NOT GONNA PICK YOU IN THE END!”

Peeta is shown beat up on the screen: “You need to be okay. Katniss needs you to be okay. *whispers* I need you to be okay.”

Peeta attacks Katniss: “FUCK YOU LIONSGATE! FUCK YOU BITCH WHO WROTE THESE BOOKS! FUCK YOU CARRIE FOR MAKING ME WATCH THIS! AND FUCK MY HEART FOR MAKING ME FEEL THIS WAY!”

Katniss cries watching Peeta struggle: *sobbing* “Part two doesn’t come out until November? But I need them to be together.”

My brother is 22, a very masculine man and possibly the biggest Everlark Shipper ever.

Bonus: “I’m sorry lady who wrote the books. You’re not a bitch… But I still hate you.”

Watching Divergent with the husband last night, and I wondered out loud why kindness, as a virtue, is summarily dismissed in so much YA fic. Four is this apparently perfect specimen except that he isn’t kind in the least… Amity is clearly the least important of the factions. In the HP universe, Hufflepuff is practically a nonentity- not a player at all in the battle of good and evil. It might as well be called “Hufflewhat.” And then I think about THG and how Katniss picks the thing she needs to survive: kindness. And I want to shake Suzanne Collins’ hand for creating a strong, confident, beautiful, kind hero for her heroine. Now that’s a message worth sending to the ladies.