My Book Boyfriend is an awesome weekly meme hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader all about fictional boys who make us swoon. Due to holiday preparations and the end of semester exams, I have not been very efficient with my reading. Therefore, I have reached into my back-up bag of yummy literary heroes and picked one at random. So, this week I am swooning over the boy with the bread himself, Peeta Mellark, from Suzanne Collins's epic Hunger Games trilogy.
- He is the son of a baker in District 12 of Panem.
- He was chosen as a tribute for the 74th annual Hunger Games.
- He is extremely strong due to years of hauling flour and baking bread.
- He has had a crush on his fellow tribute, Katniss, since they were young children.
- Very protective of those he cares about.
"Yes, and I’m sure the arena will be full of bags of flour for me to chuck at people." --Hunger Games
"Do you mean you won't kill anyone?" I ask.
"No, when the time comes, I'm sure I'll kill just like everybody else. I can't go down without a fight. Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to... to show the Capitol they don't own me. That I'm more than just a piece in their Games," says Peeta. --Hunger Games
"I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever."--Catching Fire
"I don't want you forgetting how different our circumstances are. If you die, and I live, there's no life for me at all back in District Twelve. You're my whole life." Peeta says. "I would never be happy again. It's different for you. I'm not saying it wouldn't be hard. But there are other people who'd make your life worth living." --Catching Fire
"I knew you'd kiss me."
"How?" I say. Because I didn't know myself.
"Because I am in pain," He says, "That's the only way I get your attention."
Sometimes, when I'm alone, I take the pearl from where it lives in my pocket and try to remember the boy with the bread, the strong arms that warded off nightmares on the train, the kisses in the arena. To make myself put a name to the thing I've lost. But what's the use? It's gone. He's gone. Whatever existed between us is gone. --Mockingjay
My Peeta: While I was reading this series, I never had a clear picture of what I thought Peeta should look like. Gale, yes, but not Peeta. So when Josh Hutcherson was cast, he became Peeta for me.
And, because there's always time to marvel at this: