The Hunger Games: Team Peeta vs. Team Gale

Yesterday it was 21° F in Wisconsin.  There’s snow on the ground and my car’s keyhole is constantly freezing.  I’ve managed to perfect my juggling of purse, tote bag, coffee, keys, and de-icer spray bottle by holding the cap in my teeth on my way out each morning.  Needless to say, it’s chilly here.

So when life throws frost your way, what’s a girl to do but enjoy a little old school romance?

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It’s like Edward vs. Jacob all over again, but better!  Honestly ladies, these are some great guys.  So let’s talk about them!

If you haven’t yet read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, you’re missing out.  The trilogy is a very fast read, you won’t want to put it down.  The books in order are The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay.  The story is placed in the future where a post-Apocalyptic North America is made up of 12 districts surrounding one Capital.  Every year, the Capital hosts the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death consisting of one boy and one girl from each district.  Collins writes dystopian society as well as George Orwell in my opinion, or Aldous Huxley, who were two of my favorite authors growing up.  But now, if we asked a group of young adults to all read 1984, or Brave New World, I’m guessing there would be some groaning.  Ah, but The Hunger Games has two things on its side:

The first is one bad ass protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, a rebel in her own right, and destined to be a symbol for the nation.  Bonus:  Sara Grambusch is writing all about Katniss’ journey as heroine on her blog today!  Check it out!

The second win, which I’ll be focusing on, is the boys!

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Collins has taken two extremes right out of the High School walls and placed them into Katniss’ life.  The first is Gale, tall, dark and handsome.  He is Katniss’ only good friend and they are hunting partners.  So Gale is the equivalent of the athlete friend who pushes you to be your best in the game.  And of course, he’s got amazing abs.

Then there’s Peeta.  Blonde, blue eyed, and kind.  Peeta once saved Katniss’ life long ago, but they’ve never spoken since.  He and his family make a living as bakers and Peeta knows how to do all the decorative work.  So if Peeta was in High School today, he’d be the quite but adorable boy in art class who pines for the alternative girl.

See?  You’re already choosing sides aren’t you?  Well, just stop it right now!

You have to read the books!!!  The situations that Collins places her characters into will make you think twice about what kind of person they are.  This goes for Katniss too.  Through their actions and responses, the author lays out a very interesting look into war and survival.  This may even be a great book to read with your young adult children to get them talking about the topics discussed in the book.

Plus, you know how when writers talk about plotting, and they ask you what’s the one thing your character would fear most, now make them do it!  That’s every book in The Hunger Games trilogy.  Collins will repeatedly push everyone into situations they DO NOT want to go into, but they must every time.  The reason I think that works in her books is because the implications that will happen if the character doesn’t have to do with people’s lives and their relationships.  I hated the book, Hatchet by Gary Paulson when I read it in middle school because the main character was constantly in battle with nature or the next catastrophe.  It didn’t seem believable that so much could happen to one person.  In using other people to weigh on the character’s decisions, Collins nailed this!

See for yourself in the new trailer:

Your turn!  Who are you rooting for?  What other literary characters are keeping you warm this winter?  Can’t Get Enough Hunger Games?  Good!  Read Sara’s blog too!

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20 responses

  1. Okay, I’m sold! I keep hearing about HUNGER GAMES… Looks like it’ll be my first YA read. Thanks for the fab review!

    On a side note, your frozen car locks experience really brings me back. When I lived in MN, my eyelashes froze more than once while trying to thaw the darn things out. ;)

    1. Do not, I repeat DO NOT spray that de-icer on your lashes! LOL

      Other warning, prepare yourself to read lots more YA books, they’re addicting. But these are great start!

  2. […] neither can Jess Witkins which is why we’re talking Hunger Games today. Make sure you stop by her blog today to see what she’s got in […]

  3. StoriesAndSweetPotatoes | Reply

    You’re right, the boys are so much better than Edward v. Jacob. I’m Peeta all the way. I think that’s why I was so frustrated with Katniss. What’s your problem woman?? Just LOVE him already!! I’m excited for the movies but these books are so deep it’s going to be hard to make into a film. And Mockingjay??? The whole time I was reading it I was wondering how on earth are they going to represent all this visually. We’ll see.

    1. Yah, wouldn’t you love to be the costume designer for the films? I’m thinking the mockingjay suit, and all the peeps from the capital with their colored hair and lips and tattoos. So exciting!

  4. Jess! Not only did I read this, but I had my son read it too! Great post. One thing I thought that was really fascinating is that my son HATED Hatchet for all the reasons you articulated and then some.

    But he loved every book in The Hunger Games Series. And he loved the trailer, which he had seen before. We’re both dying to see the movie.

    I’m a Team Gale. He’s a Team Peeta.

    1. Alright, Renee, I’m with you! Team Gale!!! LOL. And your son is spot on, Hatchet sucked. hahaha

  5. I skimmed over most of this post because I’ve got The Hunger Games sitting on my nightstand, unread at the moment. I’d rather spare myself the spoilers! But I’m looking forward to diving in before the first movie comes out in March. I’m hoping and praying it’s more masculine than Twilight!

    Oh, and it was 25 this morning in Portland. Winter is everywhere, it seems!

    1. I tried not to put spoilers in. I know you were wanting to read them. I think this is a great series guys and gals will love. You’ll like it more than Twilight; I promise.

  6. I’m all about Team Katniss, truly. These two boys are fantastic characters, and wonderful “people” for Katniss in life, but in the end, it’s more about her than them. In fact, I read an essay supporting exactly that in the book The Girl Who Was on Fire. You might enjoy it.

    1. Just saw that book in the store the other day. Yours is the first review I’ve heard of it. I agree about the ending, but I won’t give anymore away. No spoilers! LOL

  7. I LOVED the trilogy (though the first was my favorite). I’m so glad you put the trailer on here. I haven’t seen it in a while and it’s SO good. I seriously can’t wait for the movie.

    1. I’m getting more and more excited too! And yes, the first one is the best, but the trilogy is worth it, cause YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!! LOL

  8. im obsessed with the hunger games!i may only be 11 but i read each one in one day! im team Gale all the way even though Peeta sounds cuter.

  9. my favorite IS THE FIRST ONE I WAS A LITTLE DISOPINTED WITH THE SECOND BUT THE THIRD WAS MY SECOND Favorite. sorry in caps

  10. in the movie trailer Peeta does look way cuter than Gale but when i was reading the books Gale looked just so amazing ( and he had abs! (: ) i still like Peeta but there are so many reasons why she should pick Gale but i cant go on because ill spoil stuff!

  11. OMG!!!!!!! I love these books have to death and totally loved Peeta from the start. I also agree with StoriesandSweetPotatoes’s response. It took katniss WAAAAAYYYYY to long to make up her mind. TEAM PEETA!!!!!!! <3

    1. Love your enthusiasm, disagree with your pick. LOL. Team Gale!

  12. […] Sara Grambusch and I did some blogging editorials on Katniss’ Journey as Heroine and Team Peeta vs. Team Gale! […]

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