Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Boys Are Better in Books: Peeta Mellark

"Boys Are Better in Books" aka "My book boyfriend" is hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader. This is a weekly meme in which bloggers can discuss a fictional crush. Swoon-worthy quotes and an explanation for why you chose the character are encouraged! Also, I enjoy choosing pictures that look how I imagine the character. If you want to join in this fun meme, visit Missie's blog

Peeta Mellark
“I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.” 

Who he is: Peeta (from Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games) is a tribute chosen from District 12 to compete in the annual Hunger Games against Katniss Everdeen and other teenagers. He has had a crush on Katniss for years and reveals his feeling before entering the games. 

Age: 16-17

Hair: Blonde

Eyes: Blue

Description: Peeta is described as having "ashy blond hair that falls in waves over his forehead," blue eyes, pale skin, and a stocky build, while being of medium height. - taken from The Hunger Games Wiki  

“Peeta, how come I never know when you're having a nightmare?” I say.

“I don't know. I don't think I cry out or thrash around or anything. I just come to, paralyzed with terror,” he says.

“You should wake me,” I say, thinking about how I can interrupt his sleep two or three times on a bad night. About how long it can take to calm me down.

“It's not necessary. My nightmares are usually about losing you,” he says. “I'm okay once I realize you're here.”  

"We were five. You had a plaid dress and your hair... It was in two braids instead of one. My father pointed you out while we were waiting to line up. He said, 'See that little girl? I wanted to marry her mother, but she ran off with a coal miner.' And I said, 'A coal miner? Why did she want a coal miner if she could've had you?' And he said, 'Because when he sings...even the birds stop to listen.'"

"So that day, in music assembly, the teacher asked who knew the valley song. Your hand shot right up in the air. She put you up on a stool and had you sing it for us. And I swear, ever bird outside the windows fell silent. And right when your song ended, I knew -just like your mother- I was a goner."

“It's lovely. If only you could frost someone to death."

"Don't be so superior. You can never tell what you will find in the arena. Say it's a gigantic cake-”

“Only I keep wishing I could think of a way... to show the Capitol they don't own me. That I'm more than just a piece in their Games.”

My love for The Hunger Games is borderline concerning to my friends and family. I have read the books dozens of time, and as soon as the movie came out, I watched it three times consecutively. Peeta is a huge part of my love for this series. As far as fictional characters go, he's one of my all time favorites. His bravery and selflessness makes him so lovable. Unlike many of today's romantic interests in novels, Peeta isn't dark or mysterious. He is simply himself, a boy who loves a girl and will do whatever he can to protect her and do the right thing. How can you not adore him? 

Josh Hutcherson plays Peeta in the movie, and although he is not who I would have originally picked to play my boy with the bread, he did a fantastic job of conveying Peeta's personality to the audience.