I keep seeing so many debates raging all over the internet, about whether or not Katniss truly loved Peeta, when that affection started, etc. etc. And, okay, I might be biased as an avid Everlark shipper, but I feel like Suzanne Collins reveals right away in each of the books that Katniss feels an undeniable connection to the boy with the bread. It goes beyond owing and expectation, to something deep and internal that she doesn’t understand and is never able to fully suppress. For instance, in The Hunger Games:
“Oh, no, I think. Not him. Because I recognize this name, although I have never spoken directly to its owner. Peeta Mellark.” (pg. 25)
Before we ever even meet Peeta or know about the hope he provided her when she was so young, we know that Peeta being reaped is bad, that Katniss strongly and almost unthinkingly does not want him to be reaped with her. Later we find out more of their history, and although it’s clear that she does feel a sense of debt to him there’s also a clear sense that she’s been keeping track of him throughout the years. Debt doesn’t explain her knowing his wrestling record or how many friends he has or the way he can lift heavy bags of flour without strain. There’s also the beginning of Catching Fire:
"Just the sound of his voice twists my stomach into a knot of unpleasant emotions like guilt, sadness and fear. And longing. I might as well admit there’s some of that too.”
-Catching Fire, pg. 14
Before Katniss is manipulated by President Snow or realize that she may have to be in a relationship with Peeta for the rest of her life, before she even begins to sort out how she feels for Gale, she longs for Peeta. Not because she has to but because, as she herself says later in the book, she "needs him." And then, of course, there’s Mockingjay, when all obligation to pretend to love him is gone (and is, I might argue, discouraged by the people she is now in allegiance with):
"I sit back on my bed cross-legged and find myself rubbing the smooth iridescent surface of the pearl back and forth against my lips. For some reason, it’s soothing. A cool kiss from the giver himself." (pg. 33)
Whether or not you personally ship Everlark, dismissing their relationship as manufactured or forced (and those arguments that Peeta forces Katniss to have children, ugh, please) is to completely ignore largeand important sections of each book. It is clear from the very beginning that Peeta is important and Katniss does have very tangible feelings for him. (Obviously this only scrapes the surface of the quotes each book offers to support their relationship.)
RANT — you have been warned
So, I was listening to Christmas music earlier — and that’s all well and good, I usually do homework to Christmas music starting in November and into February, but here’s the thing: "Baby, it’s cold outside". Has this really been the song I’ve been listening to all these Christmases? Singing along with? Laughing to? Feeling romantic to? Really?
Look at these fucking lines:
Say, what’s in this drink?
I ought to say no, no, no
What’s the sense in hurting my pride?
Baby, don’t hold out
How can you do this thing to me?
I get it. This was written in the 40s. Society has changed. This is supposed to be “innocent” and “romantic” — a girl with her boyfriend, probably underage, needing to go home to her parents, but “supposedly” not wanting to go home, but she has to. The boy begs her to stay, he loves her. I get it. The 40s. But we seriously haven’t had a backlash against this at all? This boy is not letting her leave — even though he probably has full knowledge that her parents will get worried — and even though it’s implied that he loves her, he’s so dismissive of everything she says, “No, girl, your hair is pretty, don’t put on the coat, don’t leave, it’s cold, do you really want me to hurt so bad when you die of pneumonia?" The fuck. And this poor girl — most likely underage — is like "wtf did you put in my drink?" — I’m not saying it’s drugs. Not even by a long shot. I’m not saying he’s going to have sex with her while she’s drunk. But I’m pretty sure that he just gave this poor underage girl alcohol and is coercing her not to leave his house. Now that is creepy.
You have Robin Thicke getting flack for “Blurred Lines” right off the bat, but this “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has been going on for 70+ years?
Damn, wtf have I been listening to every Christmas?
when u see the name of your state on your dash and you’re like
I LIVE THERE
if I ever get married I don’t want an expensive ring like I really don’t if I got a ring worth $15,000 I’d be mad do you know how many video games and pop tarts we could’ve bought with that