Fictional Crush of the Week-Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games Trilogy

To celebrate the release of Catching Fire on Blu-Ray and DVD this week, sickness Finnick Odair is our FCotW!

Character Name:

Finnick Odair

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Book or Series They Appear In:

The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games (no appearance), Catching Fire, Mockingjay

Author/Creator:

Suzanne Collins

Played By: 

Sam Claflin

Who They Are:

I’m going to remind you guys again because I”m still getting complaints. My FCotW’s WILL be spoiler filled. Sorry. I’ve warned you so much time haha. 

Finnick Odair is a tribute participating in the 75th Annual Hunger Games from District 4. He is a former Victor, the youngest when he won at 14. He’s a Capitol darling, dating his way through the many attractive people that live there. He is reaped into the Hunger Games from the existing pool of Districts, and this is where he meets Katniss and Peeta for this first time. They don’t trust him right away, shying away from having allies in the Games, but when Finnick saves Peeta’s life (more than once), they become allies. Finnick is rescued along with Katniss and taken to District 13 to become part of the rebellion. We learn more about Finnick, how he was used as a slave to the Capitol and that he’s been in love with a mad girl named Annie for years. They marry, and we find that Annie is pregnant with his child before he leaves to the Capitol to complete the rebellion. In the end, Finnick Odair dies, fighting against the Capitol.

Why I Am Crushing On Them: 

Yes, Finnick is the good looking one of the book, and he’s charming and he’s all that but Finnick is more than just a fictional crush to me. He’s my favorite character in the entire trilogy. At first, you really think of Finnick as this sort of shallow, Capitol darling, with a new date every week. But as the story goes on, Finnick becomes a much more complicated character. He’s a fighter, absolutely brilliant with his trident and he fights hard in the Games, and its no question why he won his Games. He’s amazingly loyal. He spends so much of the Games protecting Mags, an elderly woman, even though he probably knows deep in his mind that she’s not going to survive.

But he’s also so extremely complex. He is charming and funny, and extremely attractive but there are demons hidden below. He’s in love with Annie, another victor who went a little mad after her own victory in the Games. He was used by the Capitol, paraded as nothing less than a sex slave, basically, as blackmail to keep those he loves safe. The moment where he sits in front of the camera and spills the secrets of all these important Capitol people is incredible. There’s just so much more under the surface of Finnick Odair, which makes him my favorite character. He’s what you least expect. You think you have a handle on him and he continues to surprise you throughout the entire trilogy and its beautiful.

And yes, okay, Finnick is totally beautiful too. He’s walking around, young and fit, with a small piece of fish nets to cover his private area and he’s beautiful. Then they get the super nice and charming and handsome Sam Claflin to play him (and boy, did he rock it), and its just all one great package.

Notable Quotes:

He looks down at his legs as if noticing his outfit for the first time. Then he whips off his hospital gown leaving him in just his underwear. “Why? Do you find this” — he strikes a ridiculously provocative pose — “distracting?”

“Want a sugar cube?” he asks in his old seductive voice.”

“No.” A long time passes before he adds, “She crept up on me.”

“That I knew I misjudged you, that you do love him. I”m not saying in what way. Maybe you don’t know yourself. But anyone paying attention could see how much you care about him.”

“Oh Peeta…don’t make me sorry I restarted your heart.”

Hey, its me and Sam!

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Me and Sam Claflin talking about Disneyland at the Catching Fire fan camp :)

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Fictional Crush of the Week-Katniss Everdeen

Character Name:

Katniss Everdeen

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Book or Series They Appear In:

The Hunger Games Series

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay 

Author/Creator:

Suzanne Collins

Played By: 

Jennifer Lawrence

Who They Are:

Katniss Everdeen is the main character of the incredibly popular, standout novel series, The Hunger Games. She is a sixteen year old girl from the futuristic United States, called Panem, where the country is divided into Districts. She lives in the poorest: District 12, in charge of coal. She illegally hunts for food and trades on the black market in order to ensure the survival of her family. When she is reaped into the Hunger Games, a tournament that pits children from all districts against each other in a race against their own death, she finds unlikely allies and realizes the Games are more than just what they seem. When her controversial win in the Games (there are two winners!) strikes a note of rebellion in the country, she soon becomes the symbol, the Mockingjay. She’s quiet, sometimes thought of as mean, but cares deeply about the people around her.

Why I Am Crushing On Them: 

Part of it does have to do with the character that Jennifer Lawrence has brought to life. Katniss really isn’t supposed be this super likable character. She’s mean, standoffish, not easily able to trust someone or open up to someone, and you really fall in love with her as a character because you’re in her head, and you see her side of the story. If we were in Peeta’s head, say, we would maybe like her a bit less.

Or maybe not, Peeta loves Katniss.

But Jennifer Lawrence captures everything that is Katniss but gives her a humanity, a likability that I think the book sometimes lacks. She captures Katniss’ uncertainty, her toughness but also her care and love for the people around her. And Jennifer Lawrence is absolutely beautiful and I enjoy every moment that she is on a screen. She works amazingly as a brunette, and even though she wasn’t what I had originally pictured as Katniss, I can’t imagine anyone else playing her.

But I think there is a fierceness to Katniss that attracts everyone to her. She doesn’t always realize it but she’s so full of genuineness and life. There is never anything fake about her, and when she has to do that during The Hunger Games, she absolutely hates it. She’s no bullshit. Katniss will tell you how she feels, and she will do what she pleases, how she pleases, and while that pisses a lot of people, I think it also attracts people to her, as well. She has the kind of attitude that I think a lot more people wish that they had.

I think the thing that really makes Katniss an attractive and awesome character is that she envelopes all the sides of a strong female character. She is physical strong, able to wield a bow and arrow, hunt and trap for survival and she is survival smart. She is also just a smart girl in general. She is clever and intelligent and has a knack for strategy. She does stupid things too, though, which makes her human, especially since she is a teenager. She is also beautiful, though she doesn’t always know it, and she feels very much for her family, her friends and others. She loves Gale and Peeta, in different ways, and it makes her incredibly likable and human. She has her perfections and her flaws.

Notable Quotes: 

“As long as you can find yourself, you’ll never starve.”

“But I feel as if I did know Rue, and she’ll always be with me. Everything beautiful brings her to mind. I see her in the yellow flowers that grow in the Meadow by my house. I see her in the Mockingjays that sing in the trees. But most of all, I see her in my sister, Prim.”

“Great. Now I have to go back and tell Haymitch I want an eighty-year-old and Nuts and Volts for my allies. He’ll love that.”

“You will hold yourself and your government responsible for their safety, or you’ll find yourself another Mockingjay!”

“You can torture us and bomb us and burn our districts to the ground, but do you see that? Fire is catching! Fire is catching, and if we burn, you burn with is!”

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