There's a lot that could be said about The Hunger Games. I'm going to focus on characters. Before I read the book I knew everything (okay, almost everything) that happened in the story. I knew the characters, plot, and even the ending. Still, I was glued to the book. Why? Two reasons: the characters and the pace. This post is about characters.
I absolutely fell in love with Katniss and Peeta. Days after I read their story I have found myself thinking about them. I've also thought about what made them memorable. Here's a short list of the characteristics I think made them so addictive:
* Believable. Need I say more?
* Heroic. Both Katniss and Peeta saved people in the story. Each time, their heroism came with personal peril.
* Fallible. They both made dumb choices. As I read it I cringed and thought, "No, don't do/say that!" But if they hadn't, their characters would have been less believable and the story less riveting.
* Show Real Emotions. If I were Katniss, I would feel a lot. In fact, I'd be an emotional roller-coaster. Collins did a great job showing those emotions and showing how Katniss tried to hide them.
* Timeless Interactions. Friendship, love, hate, dependence, and those people that just make you want to hit them. It doesn't matter if the story takes place centuries in the future or in a New York high school. These interactions are relationships that everyone can relate to because everyone feels them.
What do you think makes characters so real you have to read their stories?