(Alternate title: reading the hunger games as an everlark shipper)
Okay, can we talk about that scene? The one that sparks an epic romance? The one where Katniss is a couple hours from death’s door but Peeta risks his mother’s wrath to get bread for her and it gets her through the night until she realizes with the arrival of spring she can go into the woods to hunt? The one that’s referenced or recreated in every fanfic? Because, let’s face it, it’s a beautiful scene that really shows Suzanne Collins’s talent.
I’m not going to lie, the first time I read this book I was weeping over this scene. Full on tears, not just one leaking from the corner of my eye, we’re talking ugly crying here. In the movie you don’t really get the importance of this scene, but even in the short description Collins gives us in the book, it’s packed with so much emotion, foreshadowing, and immediately sets up that Peeta is going to be more than just the other tribute.
I’ve seen other people reference that there’s not a clear love triangle in the trilogy, or that if anyone was the underdog for Katniss’s affections, it was Peeta not Gale. I feel like this one scene, so early in the book, sets the tone for the roller coaster we’re about to experience with these two characters throughout the series, and it left no question in my mind that Everlark wasn’t going to be endgame. Again, not to jump ahead of myself, but I love how the third book circles back to this scene and Katniss and Peeta both acknowledge this is where it starts for them.*
I love this. The dandelion scene is the most important in the whole series (along with the “Always”) I knew since that moment that Peeta was going to be the one.