Sexualized Saturdays: Peeta Mellark

After I finished reading The Hunger Games, I had a lot of feels. However, pretty much the last thing on my mind was shipping (a new and shocking development). And so, although it doesn’t surprise me that the dichotomy developed, I don’t really feel like I belong to Team Peeta or Team Gale. (Can I be a rebel and be, like, Team Johanna?)

Even when there were romantic moments, the books were just so much not about romance that I didn’t have any desire to go deeper into it. But I digress.

This Sexualized Saturdays is about the wonderful, the tortured, the naïve, the boy with the bread and the crush: Peeta Mellark.

Now as far as sexuality goes, I’ll put it upfront: I think Peeta is irrevocably straight. He may not have had a chance to experience any non-hetero attraction what with having a crush on Katniss for, like, his whole life, so there’s always potential that he’s not a pure Kinsey 0, but I really don’t think so in this case.

So Sexualized Saturdays usually focuses on discussing a character with (at least arguably) a non-heteronormative sexuality, so why did I pick Peeta?

Peeta is interesting to me because of the way he performs his sexuality. While Gale is all about blowing stuff up and killing the bad guys, Peeta presents a different schema for a male lead—he is sensitive and artistic; his skills are the sort that are traditionally relegated to female characters: defense, camouflage, hell, cake decoration, and he holds a crush for Katniss unspoken for a decade—but no fan I know has ever accused him of being less of a man for doing these things. In fact, the Team Peeta cohort is expansively and massively huger (from what I can tell) than the Team Anyone Else groups. The thing that’s cool about Peeta is that he represents a role model that says that regardless of sexual orientation or stereotypes, sticking with your talents and being honest and true to yourself are the most important things. And that’s a nice break from the messages being sent by other franchises.

Trailer Tuesdays: The Hunger Games

Lady Saika here, hijacking your regularly scheduled Trailer Tuesdays to talk about the upcoming Hunger Games movie.

First, the trailer:

So I hadn’t read the books yet the first time I saw this trailer, (although I did have a basic idea of the plot) and I thought it looked pretty interesting.  Now that I have read the books, I’d definitely say that this movie looks like it will be both baller and true to the book.  Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss, in particular, seems to have that purely Katniss-y mix of naive hope and jaded determination down pat. And I love that they end the trailer with Rue’s four-note tune.

However, I has a curious, and this is it:  if the movie is as true to the book as it seems to be, how will it be able to scrape by with a PG-13 rating? The Hunger Games series is easily the most brutal series I’ve ever read, and even more people die (more children die) gory and horrific deaths in these three books than at the Battle of Hogwarts.  Hell, the climax of the first book features no less than two kids watching a third eaten alive by mutant wolves, and then almost committing joint suicide together.

Not that I want to watch that.  By no means do I want to actually see any of the brutal deaths happen. But I’d like to know how they scoot around it for the ratings.  And out of the three books, I liked Hunger Games the best, so I’m probably gonna go see this one.  And I’ll probably see Catching Fire, too, if the first is as good as it looks to be. (Mockingjay, on the other hand, pulled so many triggers I didn’t even know I had, that I’m not sure if I can sit through the third film, no matter how much they whitewash it.)

One thing that’s great about this series, though, is that it does have a strong female lead, and she has absolutely no time for romantic nonsense, she just wants to survive and get back to her family. That is a refreshing twist.  Hopefully you will enjoy this movie, dear readers – just be warned that it will probably be brutal, and you will cry.