2. “He’s good and nice in a world that’s harsh and unkind.” - Jennifer Lawrence
Another reason why I love Peeta Mellark is that although he has so many reasons to be mean, closed off, and downright evil, he still manages to remain an altogether good person.
Peeta is a child who has witnissed much injustice in the world. Every year, he is forced to watch someone from his own district fight to the death on national television. He has seen all of the capitol’s cruelty and has had to go through it himself at a very young age. But even in a world so corrupt and evil, he still manages to be unbelievably sweet, good natured, and see’s all the beauty the world and it’s people have to offer.
This boy has been abused at home. He has been told by his own mother how worthless he is. How much of a failure he is. And he has had every reason to grow into a man who could care less about the people suffering around him. But still, he risks getting beaten to give a starving girl some bread. And I honestly think that even if he hadn’t had a crush on this girl since childhood, even if she was a complete stranger to him, he would have still risked everything to give it to her. Because although people have a tendency to mimic the thoughts and actions of the people around them, Peeta Mellark still cares deeply about every child he sees suffer.
Mmmm maybe Peeta’s seconday house is Slytherin
and that’s what allows him to employ his ~Hufflepuff sensibilities to his advantage; his Slytherin side is skillful bc it has all that emotional intelligence and genuine “I like people”-ness to direct
but in the end it’s never about ambition; it’s about survival
and it’s not even his own life he fights for bc it’s all about KATNISS’ survival
which, lbr, is absolutely Hufflepuff
#and this is how a rebellion is set in motion #and he goes on about how he loves me what life would be like without me #but i’ve stopped listening #she stops listening #SHE STOPS LISTENING #and it’s tragic for me because peeta’s sort of in love by now i guess #i’m not sure if he is in love in this book most of the games but i think he admits it to himself in this moment #and she doesn’t listen #because she’s trying to find a way to get back at them #because this is the moment she decides she’s had enough #and he’s speaking and he’s background noise because she’s starting this revolution #and ironically enough it’s his words that start it he just doesn’t know #and he kisses her gently and he genuinely thinks he’s going to die but his words save his life just… not his heart #because katniss’ survival comes first#because she’s a warrior princess whose brain was wired to survive and she does #forever obsessed with the fact when he professed his love for her the first time she didn’t listen #her fire and her rebellion and her need to survive always came first #and there’s something so trafically beautiful about it that makes me want to cry because this otp is so screwed up and it’s still an otp
Before we met, I was so scared of dying
But if the end comes today … this will have been enough
the center of which will be the cave scene
which I need to re-watch and re-read
and cry about
and write about
and cry about
A truth should exist,
it should not be used
Reasons why I love Peeta Mellark:
1. “To murder innocent people?” says Peeta. “It costs you everything you are.”
At this point in the story, Peeta has been through hell and back. He has been taken away from the woman he loves and doesn’t know whether or not he will ever see her again. He is confused and doesn’t know who he should trust. But one thought he never lets go of, the very thought that he has had since book one, is his belief about taking another human being’s life.
He absolutely hates himself for what he has done in the games, although he doesn’t show it much. Even though it was what he had to do to keep Katniss and himself alive, he absolutely hates the thought of killing. He truly believes that he is a monster for taking the lives of those strangers in the arena. And even though he knows he had no other option, or that he wasn’t in his right mind, he blames himself for every single person that has died at his hands.
For example, towards the end of Mockingjay, all hell has broken loose. He starts to lose himself and his desire to kill Katniss is too strong. Once he gets his chance, he goes for it. And as he’s about to kill her, a member of their squad restrains him. Peeta pushes him away and the man falls into a trap that soon kills him. Later, when Peeta has turned back to his normal self, he requests to be killed because he knows how much of a danger he is to everyone around him. After he tells them this, they all try to console him and tell him it wasn’t his fault.
“I just murdered a member of our squad!” shouts Peeta.
“You pushed him off you. You couldn’t have known he would trigger the net at the exact spot,” says Finnick, trying to calm him.
“Who cares? He’s dead, isn’t he?” Tears begin to run down Peeta’s face. “I didn’t know. I’ve never seen myself like that before. Katniss is right. I’m the monster. I’m the mutt. I’m the one Snow has turned into a weapon!”
Seeing him think this way about himself kills me. This is one of the most heartbreaking characteristics of Peeta Mellark, but it is also a major factor of why I love him so much. It shows how much he truly cares about other human beings, even ones he hasn’t spoken two words to. And I will always respect him for that.
there are worse things i could do
i’ve got to laugh halfway off my heels
i’ve got to know, babe, will you surround me?
so i can tell if i’m really real
So I normally I don’t fall for love triangles, in fact, I tend to loathe them but I fell for this one and how. Mostly because at its apex, it doesn’t hinge on Katniss choosing between two conflicting dudes vying for her heart but Katniss being faced with two different modes of survival in a ruthless world: the public face she wears with Peeta on the one hand versus the private world she builds with Gale on the other. The warrior with the insight to see the injustice that lies at the heart of the system and the politician who can take that and put it into words and the girl in the middle whose response is moulded by both: in other words, three perfectly calibrated legs of one revolution.
GAME OVER (BUT OH YOU PLAYED SO WELL)
(note: dyin day is separate because i’m a bonehead who uploaded the zip wrong.)
GALE HAWTHORNE | THE SOLDIER
boy with a coin he crammed in his jeans/then making a wish he tossed in the sea/walked to a town that all of us burn/when god left the ground to circle the world BOY WITH A COIN - IRON & WINE. i’ll be with you lost boys/sneaking out where the shivers won’t find you/oh little one i’d tell you good news that i don’t believe/if it would help you sleep STRANGE MERCY - ST VINCENT. bring us to the mountainside/every day a dying day/oh my sweet babe/we come to make a sacrifice DYIN DAY - ANAIS MITCHELL. if it’s the beaches’ sands you want/then you will have them/if it’s the mountains’ bending rivers/then you will have them/if it’s the wish to run away/then i will grant it/take whatever you think of/while i go gas up the truck/pack the old love letters up/we will read them when we forget why we left here IF IT’S THE BEACHES - THE AVETT BROTHERS. and i took you by the hand/and we stoold tall/and remembered our own land/what we lived for AFTER THE STORM - MUMFORD & SONS.
KATNISS EVERDEEN | THE SAVIOUR
you grow like tornado/you grow from the inside/destroy everything through TORNADO - JONSI. just keep following the heartlines on your hand/keep it up, i know you can HEARTLINES - FLORENCE + THE MACHINE. i must go on standing/you can’t break that which isn’t yours/i must go on standing/i’m not on my own, it’s not my choice APRES MOI - REIGNA SPEKTOR. there lies a man of my heart/a fine and complete work of art/here i his woman, his home and his heart/and proud to be playing a part REST IN THE BED - LAURA MARLING. you drop a coin into the sea/and shout out “please come back to me”/you name your child after your fear/and tell them “i have brought you here” THE NIGHT STARTS HERE - STARS.
PEETA MELLARK | THE STATESMAN
but what starts with desire can turn into need/the chest gets all tight like it’s got some disease/what burns in the fire just ends up as coals/what floats on the water can sink like a stone BODY BELOW - MIRAH. i love the way you’re always surprised/oh, to find truth in all my lies/’cos you trust me and ignore my disguise/oh it comforts me ROCKS AND DAGGERS - NOAH AND THE WHALE. you’ve given up the good fight/you’re as strong as anyone/you’re back where you started from/i see you’re back where you started from/starin’ down the stars JEALOUS OF THE MOON - NICKEL CREEK. you kissed me on the forehead/now this kiss is giving me a concussion MY MAUDLIN CAREER - CAMERA OBSCURA. i am here/you are all i have/fire of fire/i’m insecure/for it is all/been made to plan/though i know/i will fail/i cannot/be made to laugh/for in life/as in death/i’d rather be burned/than be living in debt VESUVIUS - SUFJAN STEVENS.