We just don’t think Katniss can afford to think like that.
Complaint #9 - Doesn’t it seem that the movie makes you want to be Team Gale, but the book makes you want to be Team Peeta?
TFGeekGirl, TheFandom.Net – Okay, putting aside the whole “team” thing. I really don’t think the decision comes deep into play until more in the 2nd and 3rd books, though. The whole time I was reading the book, I felt unsure of who Katniss should be with, and I think it plays it out the same way in the movie. When you think about it, you get to read more about Katniss and Gale’s connection with each other and you think, how sweet, they have each other. Then she’s reaped and then she’s confronted with another boy who you’re not sure what to think about until you read on and you find that he’s just as likeable, too. In the book, they give you that feeling, that both have qualities that are good and likeable in a guy. In the movie, you see that Gale obvious has something for Katniss and then you see Peeta and how he would give his life for Katniss to win, without question. How can you not feel for him. How can you not feel for Gale? I don’t think we were supposed to side with one or the other. And no, I don’t think the movie made me want to pick Gale over Peeta, just as the book didn’t want to make me pick Peeta over Gale.
Luly - In the book, you can know what goes on in Katniss’ head and, even so, you don’t know who she will choose in the end. Therefore, you can prefer her to be with whoever you like best. In the movie, we didn’t have Katniss’ insight but we could see different things from both of them, enough to “take a side” if that is what you want to do. Gale was seen worried, he was also brave enough to promise Katniss that he would take care of her family but he also offered her the option of running away from D12, which Katniss considers unreasonable. Peeta, on the other hand, was showed as the boy who gave her the bread back when they were younger, the one who doesn’t want the Capitol to own him, but they give you that moment of doubt when he’s with the careers. They weren’t able to show all the elements in both characters, but they showed enough of the things that have to do with their relationship with Katniss and how Katniss sees them. The movie doesn’t want you to be “Team Gale” and the book doesn’t want you to be “Team Peeta”; they both want to show you the shades of mankind’s behaviour, the cruelty of a government out of control, the hope of people who keep fighting despite all and many other ideas that are, in my opinion, far more important.
Courtney, WelcomeToDistrict12.com – The movie doesn’t make you want to believe anything about this silly existence of “teams”. We are simply shown the fact that Gale is bummed about the Katniss/Peeta thing, which begs audience members to see the following film where more about the characters’ relationships develop.
Tanvi, Hunger Games Network - A lot of people have come up with that but how, really? I guess there was no other way for a build up to Gale and Katniss’s relationship other than showing a bummed Gale. Frankly, it makes me pity Gale, but love isn’t based on pity. In the books, Katniss is always wondering what Gale is making out of all the kissing – so yes. No deviation.
Perri, Movies.com – The whole Team Gale vs. Team Peeta thing doesn’t really become much of an issue until Catching Fire. Sure, there are hints at her relationship with Gale in the first book, and the first film, but you don’t really see Katniss struggle to start making decisions until the second book. I think the only reason we have this Team Gale/Team Peeta thing at all with the movie is because so many people have read the entire series of books.
Ariel, Nerdy, Wordy, and Almost Thirty – Nope. (This is not a valid rebuttal, but I had to say it.)
Savanna, HG Fireside Chat – Maybe that is what YOUR experience was; others might feel totally different! Both the book and the movie tell a story, and it’s up to you — the reader or the viewer — to decide what you feel. The movie seems to have just made you look at Gale’s character in a different way, which I understand. I was never “Team Gale” when reading the books, but the movie made me feel a lot more sympathetic towards his character, simply because I was actually seeing him “fleshed out” for the first time by Liam Hemsworth. I don’t think the movie plays into the whole “Teams” thing at all, though; it simply portrays Katniss’s relationships with both characters in a very objective, true-to-the-book way.
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