Gale Hawthorne Character Connection

Character Connection is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at The Introverted Reader every Thursday. It’s where we get to discuss our favorite book characters and what we love about them!

First off – this will contain MOCKINGJAY SPOILERS.

Gale Hawthorne

Okay so, funny story. After I finished Mockingjay, I was so upset that I couldn’t imagine ever being able to write a review. Even weeks later, every single time I think about the book I get hit with a huge wave of disappointment. So I figured I’d just pass, there are enough reviews for it out there anyway. No point in trying to focus all my thoughts on it…I knew I’d just turn into a giant squid of anger. So then, a couple of days ago, I shot awake at like 3 o’clock in the morning and had the overwhelming urge to vent about Gale Hawthorne. So I dragged myself out of bed and grabbed my review notebook. So, Mockingjay won’t be getting a review. But I gotta stand up for my boy.

I’m not going to argue about who should have ended up with Katniss. By the time Mockingjay was over, I thought that she and Peeta should be together. I was happy enough with that. However, I still think MJ was an overwhelming failure. In my opinion, the quality of all the characters was sacrificed for the plot. Gale perhaps most of all. I love Gale, a lot. He deserved an ending. I felt betrayed at the end of the book, it makes me want to throw something! GAH! (See? Giant squid of anger.)


Anyway…is Peeta or Gale the best man overall? Real tough choice here. Would you rather be married to Aragorn or the Pillsbury doughboy? I can see the arguments now…”but…but…Peeta gave her a loaf of bread when she was young and starving! Doesn’t that just make you want to melt?!?”

Well…excuse the hell out of me. No, it really doesn’t. If Gale Hawthorne had been the one to find her, he would have told her to suck it up and then gone out and shot her a turkey. Not only that – he would have then taught her how to hunt for herself.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Just sayin’.

If Gale wasn’t so (*attention* wonderful characteristic in a man alert) devoted to his family (the family that made no appearance in MJ? WTF?), he could have volunteered to go into the arena with Katniss. He wouldn’t have needed any “gee golly I’m in love with her” ploys or kisses for attention either. He’d have just needed someone to help him clean up all the bodies.

Gale Hawthorne was – by far – the most constant character in the series. In the first book, he thought the Capitol was a huge steaming pile of corruption. He never tried to back down or wuss out of his beliefs. I honestly think he was too much for Katniss to handle. So fine – she didn’t choose him. I’m okay with that. More than okay with that.

So why, Suzanne Collins, why in the name of all that is good in the world did you just shove Gale Hawthorne aside without giving him an ending? Not. Cool.

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Misty September 16, 2010, 4:14 am

    Well. Tell us how you really feel. You big angry squid.

  • IntrovertedJen September 16, 2010, 11:36 pm

    Mockingjay is ready to be picked up at my library! Yay! I'll be back to read your post after I read it. Thanks for the warning!

  • IntrovertedJen September 27, 2010, 1:54 pm


    After one more attempt to deal with the bureaucracy of my job (I am happier by the minute that I'm leaving–if someone, somewhere, would just freaking accept my resignation!), I needed that laugh! I respect the giant squid of anger, but–Aragorn vs. The Pillsbury Dough Boy? LOL! I didn't think about it too much until I read Alyssa Kirk's review, but Katniss didn't even really choose Peeta. He just won by default. Not so cool. I noticed your one star rating and no review on GR and wondered what it was about. Now I know! I just loved this post. Although I am sorry you had to release the kraken!

  • Amanda February 21, 2012, 2:06 am

    I’m in love with your review. I agree with everything. Especially the whole “boy with the bread ” thing that people like to use as a point as “proof” that Peeta loves Katniss more.
    I’m honestly so over people overlooking Gale. How can people NOT see how much Gale did for Katniss? It’s so stupid.

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