Folks, I’m thankful.
I’m thankful that Mockingjay: Part 2 has finally been released. I’m thankful that it exceeded my already sky-high expectations. I’m thankful that it’s jam-packed with Gale Hawthorne, because I love me some Gale Hawthorne, and I’m thankful for Liam Hemsworth for playing him so perfectly. (I’d also like to say a special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Hemsworth for all that they’ve given to womankind. Nicely done, Hemsworths. Nicely done.)
For all of these reasons, I can think of no better choice for our Literary Hunk of the Month than Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games rebel.
There’s so much to love about Gale. First things first, he’s super hot. In the books, Katniss describes him as looking like a man since he was 14, with his dark hair, tall build, grey eyes, and olive skin. On film, he looks like this:
You get the picture.
But we all know that Gale is much more than a pretty face and a smokin’ hot bod. He’s a survivor. He knows how to live off of the land, hunt like a pro, and do whatever it takes to feed his family. Ever since his father died, he’s cared for his mother and siblings, even at the expense of entering his name more and more into the reaping lottery. He talks about running away, but you know he won’t, because Gale is the kind of guy who will never shirk his responsibilities. On top of that, he stands strong for what he believes in. He fights for justice, freedom, and what he thinks is right. He saves 900 people like it ain’t no thing but a chicken wing, and is haunted by the idea that it’s not enough.
But the most appealing thing about Gale, in my mind, is his loyalty to Katniss. He’s her best friend, the one person she can smile around. He promises to take care of her family. He reminds her of how strong she is. He tells her exactly how he feels about her. Also, he calls her Catnip, and if that’s not the cutest nickname in the world, I don’t know what is.
And, as a reminder, he looks like this.
Gale is just one of the many reasons why I love The Hunger Games, but he’s definitely a big one. So Suzanne Collins, thank you for creating characters and a world we can all get so wrapped up in. And Liam Hemsworth, if you’re looking for someone to co-parent your adorable new pup with?