i just don’t really buy into everlark being in love. i believe that the hunger games is (and i will defend this forever) a love story and a war story. that is so, so important. but for myself, for my personal thoughts, feelings, i just don’t see it.
or rather, i understand their circumstances, their interactions, etc. i know the importance of the nights on the train, the cave, the beach. little conversations they have about favorite colors. the fear and panic of the other being in danger. i understand and accept all of that.
but i seriously don’t consider my saying i don’t see them being in love as a misinterpretation of the text simply because it’s a concept set forth by the series that i simply don’t see and don’t agree with.
however, that being said. i strongly believe they love each other. i really, really do. the elements of care, respect, trying to understand the other, that’s love to me. going out on one’s way for the safety and wellbeing of another person. all of those little instances, again, for myself, was them learning to love the other person, not falling in love with the other.
and even so, i do think there are maybe little elements of romantic love between them, katniss’ feelings of that hunger especially, but the falling in love period for me happens post..well, everything. their growing back together period is their falling in love period, for myself.
this isn’t to start discourse or anything, this is simply me just...saying stuff. i’ve read the books. i’ve read some pretty dope as heck meta. also very nice fanfiction (y’all are amazing writers btw keep doing it!), but this is still how i feel. i’m not shitting on everlark. i’m not saying anyone is stupid for seeing these two in love. nothing at all like that. this is not me trying to be #edgy. some folks have their own interpretations, and i have mine! and that’s good!
this is just how i see things and how i feel. i don’t even consider this a dissenting opinion. it’s just different, ya know?
*walks backwards into the forest*