Welcome to District 6! Come in! Come in! Rest your feet while I tell you a little bit about your host today.
District 6 hasn’t been discussed much in either The Hunger Games or Catching Fire, but we’re not without our fame! We were the district that had the tribute that went savage during one of the hunger games and started eating the hearts of other tributes he killed. I know that’s a little extreme, and I can’t say we were proud, but he didn’t end up winning because he was killed in an avalanche. Half of our district is relieved that he died, the other half is angry because we certainly could have used the gifts and food that Panem lavishes on the winner’s district! We all agree, though, that the avalanche was no doubt manufactured by the Gamemakers. Having a lunatic win The Hunger Games would have made a mockery of what they are.
Admittedly, this cannibal is probably what we’re most famous for in The Hunger Games, but we’ve done our fair share of trying to keep Katniss and Peeta alive! Both of our morphlings gave their lives for Katniss and Peeta. I hope those two live up to what Haymitch said they would do, otherwise our morphling’s deaths will have been in vain.
I’m sure you’re wondering what we do here, since you know what some of the other districts specialize in. Unfortunately, it’s a secret and if I told you I’d have to kill you.
On to the topic at hand! If you think Katniss and Gale’s relationship is a secret, then you don’t understand the way word can spread here. I know, I know. Katniss and Peeta are shown together during the Games, but let me tell you why I love Gale, and why I think he’s better for Katniss:
1. Gale’s a survivor. Sure, I guess baking bread works if you have a roof over your head and a place to bake the bread, but with Gale you never have to worry about food, because he can hunt and gather.
2. Gale’s known Katniss for years and knows her better than just about anyone else, even if he didn’t fight in the Games with her.
3. Gale’s a scrapper. He hasn’t led the privileged life that Peeta has, which means he knows how to get by, and dare I say it? He has more character.
4. Gale can make Katniss smile and laugh when no one else can. Connections like that aren’t easily replaced or replicated. Men like Gale are few and far between.
5. Gale’s a man. He’s been taking care of his family for years, taking on the tessera and hunting and gathering in the woods.
And here’s who I’d cast for Gale (I know he’s a little old, but when has that ever stopped Hollywood?):
Ben Barnes. Aw yeah.
Gale has straight black hair, olive skin, and grey eyes. Obvs Benny needs a little work to make him Gale, but I don’t think he’s far off.
Are you Team Gale or Team Peeta?
We in District 6 can’t wait to find out how this story ends. We are declaring August 24th a national holiday so that everyone can read Mockingjay. Will you be reading it with us?
And now for the giveaway!
I have 50 (FIFTY!) stickers to give away. *points up* Aren’t those cool? I’m so jealous of everyone who’ll win. I haven’t had a sticker in a long time, but I would LOVE this one! *dies*
All you have to do is fill out the form below with your name, mailing address, and email address by SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2010 at 11:59pm PT (the reason I’m getting your mailing address now is so that I don’t have to collect 50 addresses later. Once the winners are announced and a few weeks have gone by to ensure they’ve received their sticker, I will delete the form and all the entries.). I will announce the winners Sunday, August 22, 2010.
(On that Sunday, I will also be opening a contest that will be sponsored by me for a copy of Mockingjay. The contest will only run a few days so the winner can get Mockingjay as soon as possible. This contest will be open internationally.)
But back to this contest! This contest is only open to folks in the United States (sorry international folks!).
If you haven’t yet, please be sure to ‘like’ The Hunger Games on Facebook. (Shouldn’t Facebook have other options besides like? I would definitely click ‘obsesses over’ if that was an option.)
Also! The next stop on this totally rad tour is Monday, August 16 — District 7: Novel Novice.