Did Katniss really love Peeta?
It seemed like she only "loved" him because it was the way to gain sponsors and eventually it became the only way to make it out alive (well without having to stare him in the face and kill him, but come on, it is easier to say you love someone than kill them). In my opinion it also seemed like Katniss may have initially been faking her "feelings" for Peeta, but slowly developed real feelings for him. I don't know. She said she wanted to forget what happened (which could include whatever happened between her and Peeta), and in the movie it was clear she felt guilt or something at the end when she saw Gale. Also, it seemed like she had a somewhat sibling-like relationship with Gale.
I am not looking for answers like "She should be with Peeta because Josh is hot", but more of answers with some reasons that were shown in the books and movie lol
I read the books and saw the movie.
It isn't uncommon for stressful situations to manifest as intense feelings for someone. If two people are placed in a situation like that with high stress they may end up having feelings for each other because they place the excitement and adrenalin they feel because of the events onto that person. I feel like she didn't like either of them at first. Her guilt for Gale was because when he went to go see her before she left, those feelings of fear and uncertainty may have been placed upon him.
Later, when she returns and sees him again those feelings have still been placed there.
As for Peeta, well they were in the games together so I think that sparked her feelings.
So her initial feelings I believe were in result of the surrounding stress of the unknown. The what-ifs and the fact that Peeta understands what she went through.
However those feelings can manifest into a full relationship at a later time.
Hope that answered your question
My advice would be to read the books, they explain it better then the movie does. It's hard to not go into spoilers, but in the first book she doesn't really love him, she thinks it was all fake on his part as well untill the end of the first book, the 2nd book she realizes she loves him at the end and she doesn't say it until the very, very end of the final book which makes it a good ending. She loves Gale just mostly as a brother, stuff happens with her and Gale in the later books but nothing to big, ppl say it's a love triangle in the series but i never believed she would end up with Gale myself. Also love isn't a common thing in a world where every yr 23 innocent kids are killed, so saying you love some1 isn't common amonst that age group. My advice would be to READ THE BOOKS!! The movies grerat but can't explain certain things only the books can.
Shes faking the thing with Peeta, of course she doesnt want him to die but she knew they were always being watched and if she played the part she would get rewarded.
i have not seen the movie but have read all the books and u have it dead on started out useing him but ended up loving him
I usually read the books before I see the movie, and I am so annoyed at myself for watching the movie first this time!