Friday, April 27, 2012

More unpopular thoughts about The Hunger Games

Camy here, and I am in the middle of Mockingjay so if you’ve already read it, PLEASE don’t spoil it for me. But for what it’s worth, here is a thought that came to me today:

In The Hunger Games (book one), Peeta doesn’t actually know that much about Katniss because he never spoke to her much before the games, yet he said he’s in love with her. That’s not really love.

I know, all you bleeding romantics will be complaining. But it’s true. How can you love someone when you don’t know them? That’s not love, that’s attraction. Or infatuation, which starts going into stalker category. (Yes, I know Peeta’s not a stalker.)

Infatuation doesn’t live long in the real world when you realize how different the two of you are, or when you see him pick his nose while farting.

Infatuation can grow into love, but I don’t think someone should say they love you if they hardly KNOW you. If someone says they love you, it should mean they know you, your good side AND your faults, and they love you anyway. That’s the kind of love Jesus modeled for us.

I’ve just got to the point where they discover Peeta is … ahem, sick.

Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. Out now is the first book in her new series, Protection for Hire, which is like Stephanie Plum meets The Joy Luck Club. She is a staff worker for her church youth group, and leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. On her blog, she ponders frivolous things like knitting, running, dogs, and Asiana. Visit her website to sign up for her quarterly newsletter.


Talia said...

Oh boy peetas love (or infatuation, hehe) for katniss is so cute. And idk what i think about that part..i think you can love someone you dont know too much about, and perhaps grow to love them even more as you get to know them? If peeta had been observing katniss for like 11 yrs, hed probably know alot about her. But idk :) thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Sapphire said...

Amen, Camy! This is actually precisely why I don't often read fiction written for teens - all the romance is love at first sight kinda stuff. I prefer realism. :-)

Kara said...

Camy, thanks so much for your comments on Peeta's feelings for Katniss. You made an excellent point, well said :)
Blessings, Kara

Madie M. said...

I 100% agree with you! I think it's kinda odd, though it apparently makes for a good book series! :D

Trinka said...

Heh heh. I've never thought of it that way. But you're right :)I've never been in love with a guy before {well, one that wasn't below the age of three} buuuut, I've "heard" that it takes more than starring and border-line stalking to do it. :) Although it's nice to think that Peeta had been in love with Katniss for...forever...I just can't really count that stuff as "love" {not even for Peeta!} :)