Finnick looks at Johanna and raises his eyebrows. He will not go forward without her. ‘‘All right,’’she says finally. ‘‘It’s better than hunting them down in the jungle, anyway. And I doubt they’ll figure out our plan, since we can barely understand it ourselves.’’
Finnick/Johanna is an interesting one. It isn’t canon, so there isn’t much to build on. I like them better as a BROPT. But even that is a bit difficult to wrap my head around. They seemed really close in Catching Fire, but in Mockingjay, they didn’t really interact with each other. Finnick didn’t say anything about Johanna when she was being held in the capitol, he didn’t greet her when she was finally rescued, he didn’t visit her in the hospital, they didn’t talk during his wedding, and she didn’t appear as one of Finnick’s memories when he was killed. There’s the possibility that they had a “friends with benefits” relationship before he met Annie, but if that were true, he would have shown more concern for her in Mockingjay and she would have appeared as one of his memories during his death.
Also, Johanna was the victor of the 71st hunger games, while Annie was the victor of the 70th. That means Finnick met Annie first. A lot of Finnick/Johanna fanfics like to use the old “Johanna had him first” trope, but it isn’t true. Finnick met Annie first. So the idea of Finnick and Johanna having a friends with benefits relationship before he met Annie is out of the question. The author made it perfectly clear that Finnick was always faithful to Annie (except for the times when he was forced to sleep with his clients in the Capitol).
So having said all that, I’ll just continue to view them the way Suzanne Collins meant for us to view them: As really good friends :)
outofthegames. oh my, a shipping question! I never get these! Well, to answer your question right off the bat, I have to say while it’s not my one true pairing for Finnick, I can definitely seeing it happening. Johanna is Finnick’s closest friend. They’re two sides of the same coin, really. Both being young and beautiful victors, they were both sought out after their Games. I even have a headcanon that clients were lining up before Finnick was even sixteen and his first client was on his birthday.
He chose to sacrifice his body to keep those he loved alive, while Johanna called Snow’s bluff and lost everyone. Yet, despite not being the Capitol’s plaything, she still knows how to use her sexuality as a weapon like Finnick does, although while he’s charming and seductive she’s brash and straightforward. Two very different sides of the sexual prowess scale and no doubt they’ve clashed in the past.
Johanna must hold some resentment towards Finnick because of his decision and I can’t see her giving him pity in the least. Johanna refuses to be a pawn so no doubt they haven’t been pushed together through Snow or any other means other than a mutual understanding and, after many fights, talks, etc., they grew to become best friends. There’s a built up respect for one another and it becomes so clear that Johanna’s form of torture is illustrated in Finnick’s image. Water is his life so Snow takes away a part of him that’s been in Johanna.
They spent years together, maybe even hooked up once or twice due to frustration, anger, sorrow, or even distracting purposes. Their views on sex can’t be about love, because it’s a tool. No doubt Johanna’s jealous that Finnick has love whereas he can be jealous that she can’t be used. Again, their relationship is built on respect and understanding which makes them so able to be shipped, but I find it hard to see much love (the kind he has with Annie especially) incorporated into any relationship they could have. Heck, his relationship with Johanna and Annie could even be compared to Katniss’ relationship with Gale and Peeta on a certain level which I won’t get into since I’ve already rambled far too much!
tl;dr? I ship it. Mostly as a friendship, but I can’t deny it’s a high flying ship.
Johanna and Finnick were close because he helped her out when she became a new Victor. She has a soft spot for him. Johanna was genuinely upset that the Capitol managed to get Annie and tried to look out for her because she still felt like she owed Finnick. She was there when Annie found out she was pregnant and cried even harder than Annie did.
I personally ship Finnick/Annie, but from time to time, I like to indulge in a little Finnick/Johanna shipping. But it’s always difficult for me to read Finnick/Johanna fanfics because of how their relationship plays out in the books. They barely had a relationship. In Catching Fire, it was revealed that Finnick and Johanna were close friends and Katniss seemed to be confused about the nature of their relationship. But then in Mockingjay, Finnick didn’t worry at all about Johanna when she was kidnapped and tortured by the Capital. He didn’t go to greet her when she returned, and he didn’t visit her in the hospital while she was in recovery. Her face didn’t even pop up before he died. So whenever I read fanfics where Finnick is madly in love with Johanna, it always makes me scratch my head because they had very little contact and Finnick seemed to be too preoccupied with his love for Annie to even notice Johanna. And the same goes for Johanna. She didn’t seem all that interested in connecting with him in Mockingjay either. The author even highlights that point with Johanna’s incredibly rude line to Annie at the end of the book. I’m paraphrasing, but I think Annie said something like “Finnick would have voted no too if he were here” and then Johanna said “yeah well he got his head bitten off my Capitol mutts.”
It feels like the author meant to elaborate more on their friendship, but in Mockingjay, it seemed like Finnick and Johanna’s friendship didn’t really mean that much to them. At least not to Finnick anyway. If he cared he would have at least spoken to her. She was tortured for god’s sake. She experienced the exact same thing Annie did, and yet, Finnick didn’t even acknowledge Johanna’s presence. So something tells me they weren’t that close to begin with. The only scenes they had together were in the arena and that’s it. Doesn’t really qualify as a strong relationship.
I know this is an Odesta blog but would you possibly branch out and do a Johanna backstory? Like how all her loved ones died?
Fun Fact: Johanna, Finnick, and Annie are kind of my OT3, so I’m always ready and willing to sneak Johanna into a prompt. ;)
The party was over. Their clients were all passed out, strewn across the bedroom, snoring, drooling, stewed in alcohol. Finnick and Johanna managed to disentangle themselves from their leaden arms and slip out to the hotel suite. The Capitol skyline twinkled through the ceiling-high windows as they crossed the darkened room. Johanna found a yet untouched bottle of wine and poured them each a glass. The key to staying safe in the Capitol was to stay more sober than the clients, but now their duties were over, it was the middle of the night, and they had until morning before a shuttle would arrive to take them back to the Training Center. So they each had a drink as they settled into the living room couch, hoping it would still the shaking in their fingers that they each tried to hide from the other.
Is that Johanna/Finnick?! I’ve literally never heard of this ship before! But that’s super cool, I’m into it.
Who kills the bugs - I mean, they’ve both been the arena so I can’t see either of them being upset over bugs…but I actually think Johanna would handle the situation, not by killing them but by taking them outside. Who hogs the sheets - Johanna, just because she’s more stubborn. I don’t think Finnick would care how much covering he has while sleeping. Who bottoms/tops/dom/sub - I think it would be beautifully even. Who hates mornings - Well, here’s the thing. We all love to picture Johanna as being the cranky, sullen one so she’d be the go-to pick, right? But she’s from District 7, the Lumber district. Do you know how time and energy-intensive chopping lumber is? A LOT. She’s probably always started her days early. But same with Finnick, and having to go out and fish. I think they’d both be morning people. Who’s cranky before they had their coffee - Johanna’s cranky before she goes and chops a nice hunk of lumber. Who’s doesn’t like their mother in law - Johanna. Who drives - Probably Finnick, Johanna wouldn’t have the patience. Who gets horny in awkward public places - Haha both, for sure. And they would both TRY to make the other horny in awkward places. Who had a scene phase - I think Johanna would be the more likely candidate, but no. Who wore braces - omfg now I’m imagining them both with braces i CAN’T but I’m saying Finnick Who got bullied - Finnick Who collects ceramic elephants - I can see Johanna doing something like that, wanting to have something pretty and some collection she could call her own.
Finnick and Johanna. Non-Canon, We only have a little moment of the two of ‘em in Catching Fire, and I believe none, in Mockingjay. It’s just the two just work. Don’t get me wrong, I love Annie for Finnick. I love the relationship of the two, but I also love Finn’s friendship with Johanna.
Johanna, she needs Finnick the same way Annie does, they’ve been in the same persuasion, in the same pressure, in almost the same situation. But the thing I don’t really understand is why Finhanna shippers hate Annie for just being there. I’ve been tracking finhanna tags for like hours, and I’ve seen some confessions or opinions or whatever admitting that Johanna would be better for Finnick or that it would be better for Annie to die. Ugh, it’s just too cruel.
Don’t get me wrong though, I ship Finhanna more than Odesta (sorry!) but I think it’s just rude to sink someone’s ship for yours to sail.