Coffee and…Why I’m Team Peeta

I can hear you all gasping in horror as you read this. This is worse than that time I admitted to loving Twilight, isn’t it? Sigh. Hear me out. Join me in a coffee whilst I explain why I am ALWAYS Team Peeta.

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The Coffee:

This week I am drinking Nano Challo, a coffee all the way from The Barn roasters in Berlin. It’s been a favourite of mine for a few years now and tastes just as lovely as ever.

Why I’m Team Peeta:

I know you are in shock because I am usually on the side of darkness, but I have strong feelings on this one. Peeta is just awesome. Why?

  • He is a calming presence in Katniss’s life. He tempers her fire. He gives her a reason to pause and think about her actions instead of rushing into situations likely to get her (or others) killed. He saves her life as much as she does his, just in a more subtle way.
  • He bakes and decorates cakes. Cakes. CAKE. Am I making this point well enough? CAKEY CAKE CAKE CAKE.
  • Peeta gives Katniss hope. He manages to retain his optimism and joy in the small things in life, and this is what Katniss needs most of all: something to live for.
  • He doesn’t let the games change him fundamentally. No matter what is thrown at him, he retains his integrity and stays true to himself, showing a quiet strength that is much underrated.

Why is he perfect for Katniss?

  • They may start off as an unlikely pairing, but by the end of Mockingjay Katniss and Peeta know each other inside out. They know things about each other that Katniss and Gale never have despite their long-standing friendship. They have seen the other at their best and at their worst. Katniss needs someone who can love her at her worst when she cannot love herself.
  • By the end of The Mockingjay, Katniss is not the person she was at the start of The Hunger Games. She has changed in a way that only someone else who has been through the Games could truly understand: Katniss and Peeta have a unique shared experience as the only two people to survive their Games, and their traumatic shared history bonds them closely.
  • Gale is not what Katniss needs. She says this herself: “what I need to survive is not Gale’s fire, kindles with rage and hatred. I have plenty of fire myself. What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on , no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. And only Peeta can give me that”. Katniss doesn’t need another fighter. She needs the person who calms her and brings her peace and small moments of joy to break through the sadness.
  • Gale was involved in the one thing Katniss could never forgive. None of us will ever know if the weapons that killed Prim were his, but the fact that he could conceive of something that could destroy so many innocents is something Katniss could never forgive. She is always very clear on her distaste for taking human life and for involving innocents in battle. He crossed a line he could never come back from and they could never have built a trusting relationship from that point onwards.

Have I convinced you of Peeta’s awesomeness? Are you Team Peeta or Team Gale? Share your thoughts with me in the comments or on Twitter! I’d love to discuss this. 

 

 

 

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  1. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I have always been Team Peeta, and could never understand how people could think Gale was a good fit for Katniss when it’s obvious she needs a calming influence in her life, especially after what happened to Prim. You have put all my thoughts on this topic into words perfectly!

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      1. I couldn’t either! He always seemed way too hot headed to me and like he just went for the first idea that came to his mind instead of actually thinking things through for a bit. Peeta always seemed to keep his positivity and hope throughout which I really liked about him.

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