We hate to steal a question that Victoria’s Secret asks on a regular basis, but.. What is sexy?
The YA Sisterhood, a fantastic book blog for those of you who dig young adult reads, has started voting for their 2nd Annual Crush Tourney. Among the prestigious list are three characters from The Hunger Games: Peeta, Finnick, and Gale (Numbers 6, 12, and 28, respectively, in a pool of 32 nominees).
Finnick goes up against Kaiden from Sweet Evil while Gale gets some heavy competition from Jem from The Infernal Devices TOMORROW. Meanwhile, Peeta is up against Lucas from Starcrossed on Monday, July 23.
We know the contest is just meant to be a boatload of fun, but it’s got us thinking… Are these characters really crushable?
First off, let’s differentiate lovable and crushable. These characters are without a doubt lovable. They’re loyal friends, kind supporters, fierce defenders, and just about everything else you’d want in a partner, personality-wise. Crushing on someone has more to do with your urge to rip their pants off, possibly with your teeth.
We find the men from The Hunger Games deep, compelling, and emotionally stirring, but we’ve never experienced the overwhelming urge to jump their bones (if, you know, they were real people… because wanting to jump the bones of any fictional character would just be weird, right?) Even Finnick, this muscular god of the sea, doesn’t make us get all hot and bothered once we consider his rich but horrendous backstory and his commitment to his one true love, who is sadly not us. Peeta is so kind-hearted that we’d basically do anything for him, with perhaps the exception of sexytimes. Some days we struggle with liking Gale as a person, and since we’re not masochists, we’re really not looking to get into that kind of relationship.
The characters in The Hunger Games are all amazing. Obviously, we’re attached to them. We cheer when they find love. We weep when they die. But we don’t picture ourselves with them.
Are we crazy? Immune? Defunct? Or are The Hunger Games characters so aptly characterized that we think of them as amazing action stars rather than man meat, especially considering that they’re never portrayed in sexual situations? And is that a bad thing?
Or are we totally off base? Are these characters crush worthy because there’s more to the than innate sexiness? Do their good deeds and winning personalities make you want to rip their pants off, possibly with your teeth? (We don’t know why we keep saying that. It just makes us happy.)
You can have them bimbos
I’ll keep my Finnick like Flo Jo,
The Girl With The Pearl
*** If you’re reading this between 12am and 11:59pm EST on July 13 and you’re thinking about voting for Finnick or Gale, GO HERE to do so! You can also follow the voting on Twitter with the hashtag #YACrushTourney***