There are times when all self wants to do is stay in pajamas all day and read Hunger Games fan fiction. And that is the honest truth.
Wait, that IS what you did all day today, self! You stayed in your sweats — one step up from pajamas, at least — and read a new fan fiction you’d just discovered, written by c_r_Roberts.
But you also saw Mockingjay, Part 1 for the second time, which means you did get yourself out of the house, even if it was just for two hours.
The Man wisely opted to see some other movie, the one starring grungy Jake Gyllenhaal as an ambulance chaser.
Self has decided that critics who dislike this installment of the Hunger Games movies are Team Gale. Because those like self who are Team Peeta just loooove Mockingjay, Part 1.
And, as if to back up her point, here’s a quote from The Daily Beast, which self likes to read on a somewhat regular basis:
Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins Mockingjay, Part 1
A lot of people die in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. Unfortunately, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne are not among them.
In a nutshell:
When the books were being adapted into movies, that romantic element turned the casting of Peeta and Gale into its own Hollywood Hunger Games, with every young actor in Tinseltown clamoring to be the next Robert Pattinson and every fan of the franchise ready to set tracker jackers on any casting that wasn’t up to snuff.
Self has read articles where Team Gale professes to be absolutely crushed by Mockingjay, Part 1, when it becomes clear who Katniss really loves. They feel betrayed. Furiously betrayed.
Actually, this second viewing of Mockingjay, Part 1 started to bring Gale forward more in self’s mind. To the point where she could actually hear herself saying, “Maybe so-and-so has a point, there is something rather appealing about that Gale.”
Self always loved book-Peeta, and to tell the truth she was not enthused with J-Hutch in the first Hunger Games movie. But that beach scene in Catching Fire? Never mind how ridiculous — even tacky! — it is that Peeta shows a picture of Gale to Katniss on a beach the night before they are to engage in what is supposedly a fateful fight-to-the-death. J-Hutch and J-Law sold that scene and turned self into an avid fan of the Katniss/Peeta pairing, ever since.
So she really loves Mockingjay, Part 1.