30 Day Shipping Challenge: Day 26
Day 26: A pairing that you hated and ended up loving.
For this one, I’m gonna have to go with Peeta and Katniss from The Hunger Games. Now, I don’t hate them; in fact, I was always okay with them. I did start the series shipping Gale and Katniss, however, and it took me a long time to warm up to Katniss and Peeta.
Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely adore Peeta, and if I was given the option, I would most definitely pick him over Gale. The problem I had with Peeta and Katniss, for the longest time, was that it was really one-sided, with Katniss pretending to be in love while Peeta’s feelings were genuine. I had also already warmed up to the idea of her and Gale being a thing (simply because they had so much chemistry), and it kind of tampered with my opinion of her and Peeta from the very beginning.
And then the second and third books rolled around, and they really started growing on me. I could tell that Katniss was actually starting to feel for Peeta what he felt for her, and I actually wanted them to be together. I still liked the idea of her and Gale, but in the third book my opinion of the ship just started deteriorating, mainly because their desires and opinions really started to clash and I wasn’t sure how it was going to work.
The end of the series still bothers me, as I don’t think it was fair of Katniss to shut Gale out of her life for something he may or may not have done, and overall she just treated him very unfairly. But I was very happy that, in the end, she chose Peeta, and I can say that this is a ship that slowly grew on me until I started loving it.
TL;DR - Katniss and Peeta win this challenge because, while it took me a while to warm up to them, I ended up loving them.