What The Hunger Games Taught Me

I recently shared what Twilight taught me, and it seemed that a lot of people enjoyed that post (which you can read here), so I thought I’d continue on, this time focussing on The Hunger Games.

Now, before you prepare to kill me for knocking THG, let me just tell you that I live with two hardcore fans. My little brother and sister are OBSESSED with everything THG, and I feel that I know a freaking incredible about Panem, Katniss, and all the goings on. I like to remind my sister that I bought and read the THG books, even forcing her to read them way back when in 2010 (when I should have been revising for my GCSE’s, but let’s just forget about that).

The first thing The Hunger Games taught me is to at all times make sure to lead on two boys at the same time. Why have one when you can have two, right? If one of them looks like they might be getting the idea that you like the other more, then it’s time to pull out the big guns and kiss ’em silly. 
The Hunger Games taught me that when one of my best friends and companions through a whole bunch of messed up sh*t dies, I need to blink and forget about it, I mean if he never knew that his girl’s pregnant then that’s even better. Am I right?
The Hunger Games taught me that only when a boy moves on and starts hating on you should you realise that you love him. It doesn’t matter that he may even want to kill you, you’ve got to power through because you know he’s not himself. He loves you, he just doesn’t realise it. Yet.
The Hunger Games taught me to shout out “I volunteer. I volunteer as tribute” if my sister finds she has to do something she’d really rather not do. Also, if a teacher ever calls out ‘who wants to volunteer’, ding ding ding, stand up and let out your inner tribute. 
The Hunger Games taught me that cats always prefer the little sister, will attack you like a crazy beast but accept the food you give them (also speaking from experience).
The Hunger Games taught me that if no one is paying me any attention then I need to shoot at them, because that’s the only way to do it.
And finally, The Hunger Games taught me that the only thing stronger than fear is hope.
So there are some of the things that The Hunger Games taught me. I’d love to know what The Hunger Games taught you! Let me know in the comments!
May the odds be ever in your favour.

Peeta Mellark | The Ultimate Hero

Recently in English sessions at uni we’ve been looking at talk for learning, so we were asked to write and present a talk. As I’m studying to become a primary school teacher this was no ordinary English talk. The topic of the presentational talk was ‘your favourite hero or villain from children’s literature’. Could it be any better? Naturally I jumped in with a Young Adult book, and was spoilt for choice. 

I picked Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games as my hero, and I thought I’d share my talk with you for your reading pleasure.
A lot of people think of the hero within The Hunger Games trilogy as Katniss, the star of both book and film. But for me Peeta is Suzanne Collins unsung hero. He’s right there beside Katniss in both games, she gets all the praise for volunteering in the first games, but he volunteers too! He’s even missing a leg, yet for him staying with Katniss and protecting her is far more important, he’ll do anything to keep her safe.
But then Snow gets a hold of him, and he stops being the Peeta we all know and love. He’s replaced by a boy that is terrified of Katniss. The love gone, hijacked with hatred. And that’s perhaps the saddest part of Peeta’s life, not that his love for Katniss goes unreturned, but that when she finally does realise that she loves him, it’s too late.
Despite being hijacked and morphing into a very different Peeta, he stops Katniss’s attempt at suicide and overcomes his newfound fear to build a life with her.
Katniss does very little to aid or plan the revolution, she’s the figurehead with no control or power, and in fact she really wanted nothing to do with it.
But Peeta is the hero from day one, he takes a beating from his mother to save Katniss’s life, he gives her bread when she is starving. Yet for him he didn’t do enough,
“I should have gone to you. I should have just gone out in the rain”
Peeta is truly altruistic, putting the needs of others before his own, making him a true hero.
He’s “the dandelion in the spring, the promise that life can go on”.
So there it is, some of the many reasons I love Peeta Mellark so much. Who would you pick as your favourite hero or villain from children’s literature? Let me know in the comments! If you’re new to the blog then I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!