thewhitemumba asked: So well I was wondering if Katniss really loved PEETA. I mean it kind of appears to me she loved Gale but needed Peeta. So when Gale abandoned her, that's the reason she turned to PEETA, eh? What do you think?
I think Katniss was very reluctant of Peeta at first because it was the Capitol that was forcing her to ‘love’ him, she didn’t want to be part of any plans of the Capitol. Falling in love with him was never part of the plan either, she did care for him, but she didn’t love him. Gale had been her constant before the games, Gale was also exactly like her. He was poor, his father was gone, and he was pretty much the food bring-er for the family. Katniss didn’t have to be intimidated by him because there was nothing she needed to prove with him, they were equals.
But Peeta is different, Peeta had money, both parents, and always had food on the table. I think Katniss believed that Peeta thought he was better than everyone but she realized that he was a humble, caring, loveable guy. She also thought that his “crush on her” was a jeer at her, not that he actually liked her.
I don’t think she meant to fall in love with Peeta but she did and she didn’t want to lose Gale because of that love.
But if Gale hadn’t have left, I doubt she would’ve been able to realize that she needs Peeta to balance out her rage.