That Finnick sees Annie as a helpless, broken girl he has to protect/nurture/fix/save. Unfortunately, that’s how Mockingjay portrays it
which I’m pRAYING they change in the movies, but I think this setup is really problematic. A good relationship can’t be that one-sided, and this depiction of Finnick and Annie also perpetuates a lot of harmful stereotypes about people with mental illness.
I like to think that Finnick respects and looks up to Annie as an equal (and a mature woman for that matter, not a “girl”). He understands her trauma and he helps her work through it, and Annie does the same for him (Annie’s PTSD symptoms are more intrusive, but I think Finnick is actually the more emotionally wounded/vulnerable of the two). It’s a mutually beneficial relationship in which they compliment each other’s strengths and weaknesses but don’t feel like one is “rescuing” the other.
Like I said, I’m hoping that the movies will do a little bit of course-correction in the construction of Finnick and Annie’s relationship, but because it’s straight from the books I don’t know if I can really call it a “misconception.” Nonetheless, I prefer to see their relationship differently.
If people really think that Finnick thinks of her as some helpless, broken girl, then I do think it is a misconception.
If that were the case, I think it would have been wrong for them to get married, and for her to raise a child on her own.
Of course Annie has issues, and Finnick helps her with them. He also has his own issues, and, in many ways, she helps him just by being there.
In fact, in many ways I would argue that Annie is saner than Finnick, because his belief that “it takes 10 times longer to put yourself back together then to fall apart”, leads him to bottle things up.
This is yet another reason why I would love a story base on Odesta, so that more people can see the beautiful couple that I see, and not some hot guy who fell for a crazy girl.