Yesterday, I took my daughter and my son and his girlfriend to watch Catching Fire. I loved the first movie in this series and I believe that this one was even better. The themes that rained through this movie really got me to thinking about my role in the universe.
Katniss is what I'd call a real woman. She's strong and weak, fearless and fearful, loyal and torn, and most importantly, searching for her place in life. I think most of us are like that. I resonate with this character--even if it was a story meant for the YA market--this book/movie has touched so many. It's a story about heroes and hope, politics and power, and love.
My husband decided--last minute--that he'd rather go to a bar and drink beer than fight the crowds and weather.
I know, you are probably thinking: "What?" or something worse along those lines. But don't. I didn't mind taking the kids by myself. I wish he would have went, but I'm happy that he spent the day doing something he really enjoys. And that's what you do when you love someone, you put them first.
Which if you've seen this movie, you know that "putting your loved one first" is a major theme throughout this story.
I strive to create similar threads in my own work. I think I'm successful in creating heroines we can find pieces of in ourselves and heroes that are worthy of everlasting love. At least, I hope I do.
This got me to thinking about the difference in falling in love and staying in love. I won't give away spoilers from the movie, but most of you have probably read the book. Let me ask you, would you rather find someone that you could fall in love with or someone you could stay in love with?
Let me explain.
Gale is a man that is loyal, strong, alpha, hot...I could keep going. He's definitely a man you could fall in love with. Right?
Peeta on the other hand is that boy next door. He's the one that will love you no matter what. Stay with you when you're sick. Understand when you need space. He's a forever kind of guy.
I fell in love with a Peeta--lucky for me--and I try to give back everything that he gives to me. If Ben wants to spend his Sunday afternoon drinking beer and watching football, I'm going to let him do it. Because next month when I need someone to hold my hand while I'm having a scary cancer scan or getting my lady bits invaded by an electro-thingy-mabob-blade, I know he'll take care of me. He always has and always will. He's my rock, and every other cliche you can think of.
I fell in love and chose forever.
In today's world where marriage lasts a minute and falling in love is mistaken for falling in lust, I'm so glad that I found my life mate. My friend. My hero. I just hope that I can capture this feeling and create heroes and heroines worthy of your love.Worthy of your forever.
Rachel Firasek creates naughty short stories, passionate paranormals, and edgy new adult romances. She’s been known to shock little old ladies, embarrass her husband on occasion, and has even been caught with her corset twisted in a hotel restroom—but that’s a story for another day. http://amzn.to/1etxTzK