There are plenty of real boyfriends like Peeta, but not many movie boyfriends.
This is so so true. I hear loads of times that people don’t understand why Katniss isn’t with Gale and why Peeta is even in the running and that’s because they mistake Katniss’ role in the books - it’s to be the hero, and if she’s the hero then she needs someone to rescue physically but who saves her emotionally. (Please note I’m going on tropes here, I’m not actually saying this is what all protags need.)
Gale will not allow her to do either of those things because Gale is simply too enamoured of his own masculinity to have anyone challenge that in the traditional way. Gale would always be competing with Katniss or trying to put her in a cage and I never got the sense that Peeta wanted her to be any other than the cold, deadened, weirdly passive rebel she becomes.
Also, to be honest, I get why both want to be with her in The Hunger Games, but by Mockingjay, you just want to shove her in therapy and have them both date the nearest happy person.