Peeta, The Movie Girlfriend
There's been a lot of talk about Katniss Everdeen as an unconventional heroine, but she's also got a pretty unconventional love interest, in that he would be a more Hollywood-conventional girlfriend than boyfriend.
-- Linda Holmes, Monkey See / NPR
When reading The Hunger Games books, I noticed how Peeta is kinda useless at times. He seems close to death often, and always needs to be saved. It wasn't until watching the movie this morning that I realized why this was so unusual. It's because in every other action movie, it's the FEMALE character that's useless and has to be saved every time. The Hunger Games flips this around on its head! And that is part of why I love this story so very much. As it turns out, I'm not the only one who noticed that.