Entertainment Weekly picks its top 10 all-time favorite young adult couples
Katniss and Peeta from 'The Hunger Games' make the list
By Myriam Gabriel-Pollock Feb 22, 2013 12:37PM
EW.com has declared Katniss and Peeta, our favorite Tributes in "The Hunger Games," one of their 10 All-Time Favorite YA (young adult) couples.
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First encounter: It began with a loaf of bread and an act of kindness.... Though Peeta, a baker's son, made his first lasting impression on Katniss when he threw her a loaf of burnt bread that allowed her hungry family to eat, the two don't really get to know each other until they are sent to compete in the nationally televised fight-or-die reality show/sacrifice ritual, The Hunger Games.
Defining moment: With Peeta injured, ill, and on the verge of death, Katniss kisses Peeta knowing cameras will capture their courtship and sponsors will send them food and medical supplies. It's her version of returning the favor.
Relationship challenges: Because of her hard-scrabble background Katniss almost unwaveringly looks out for herself, so there's little room for anyone else in her heart or mind — though a certain rugged hunting partner named Gale does confuse her feelings. Later in the series, a drastic shift in Peeta's personality (after he's tortured with tracker jacker venom) complicates the showmancers' yin-ang-yang dynamic further.
Why they work: Peeta is a fundamentally good-hearted, smooth-talking person with sensitivity that balances out Katniss's edge, self-consciousness, and lack of social propriety. He truly loves her, which she needs and appreciates — even if it takes her a little while to realize it.
Who else made their list?
- Ethan and Lena, "Beautiful Creatures" (In theaters now)
- Katherine and Michael, "Forever" by author Judy Blume (There was a 1978 television adaptation)
- Bella and Edward, "The Twilight Saga" (You didn't think they'd leave them off, did you?)
- Tris and Four, "Divergent" by Veronica Roth (The film adaptation is currently in pre-production. The studio is Lionsgate-Summit, the same peeps who brought you "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games")
- Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green (Film rights to the book were optioned in 2012 by Fox 2000, and casting is underway)
- Jace and Clary, "The Mortal Instruments" (Hits theaters August 23, 2013)
- Rose and Dimitri, "Vampire Academy" by Richelle Mead (The film is in pre-production, tentatively slated for release February 14, 2014)
- Lena and Alex, "Delirium" by Lauren Oliver (A television pilot based on the novel is in the works from FOX)
- Jessica and Marcus, the "Jessica Darling" series by Megan McCafferty
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