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A few years back when I started reading Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, there was one question others who'd read the books would ask me as soon as they heard I was on board. Say it with me: "Team Peeta or Team Gale?" The fervor over this question made cynics assume The Hunger Games offered a Twilight-like love triangle, but those of us who read the books knew it was far more complex than that. Still, even for all his brooding rebellion and dark sex appeal, I could never really consider joining with Team Gale. Then came this mash-up tipped by Jezebel.
For "Reaping Ball" Twenty First Records combines the catchy music of Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball" with footage from The Hunger Games and Catching Fire and new lyrics to tell Gale's side of the story. And while I can't say I've switched alliances, I can at least better appreciate the enraged looks of those who proudly pick Katniss's hunting buddy over the baker's boy. One of my minor criticism's of the film adaptations are that we spend so little time with Gale that it's hard to fully comprehend why Katniss is so committed to him. Yes, he's played by the handsome Liam Hemsworth, but Josh Hutcherson as Peeta is no slouch.
This fan-made song not only shows a deep understanding of The Hunger Games's world, but also gives voice to a character who in the movies has largely been the strong and silent type. Plus pop watchers can appreciate that this song, which speaks for a Liam Hemsworth character, was inspired by Hemsworth's real-life former fiancée.
But don't fret Team Peeta, Twenty First Records hasn't overlooked your loyalty. For you, they've created a Peeta-inspired version of Rihanna's "We Found Love." Instead of finding love in a hopeless place, he found it in the Hunger Games.
The saga of Katniss, Peeta, and Gale picks up at midnight when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters. Having survived the Capitol's twisted survival game show, Katniss and Peeta are back in District 12, but are far from safe from the fury of President Snow. Breaking with tradition, the tyrant of Panem hurls both--along with 22 other former victors--back into the games for The Quarter Quell. Once more, Katniss has to decide who is her enemy, and who is worth risking her life for.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens on November 22nd.