I wrote this piece a while ago for Lip Mag. After reading The Hunger Games trilogy for the second time, I started to think about the Katniss/Peeta/Gale love triangle and whether or not it added anything to the story.
Personally, I found Katniss’s suspension between two possible romances detracted from her usually strong and independent character. The unconditional relationships, such as Katniss’s love for Rue and Prim, added a dimension that is often absent in contemporary YA fiction. In this piece I talk about the influence of Gale, and wonder if the story could have been stronger had he only been seen as a friend.
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