Who's my favorite fictional character?

That's easy.

At the moment, it's definitely Katniss Everdeen.

She's pretty amazing.

What makes her character "amazing" is that she's realistic.

She's conflicted by her inability to understand why she feels what she feels, she's ferocious in her need to protect the people she loves, and I find her likable because as selfish as she can be, Katniss Everdeen wouldn't be Katniss Everdeen without her conscience. Even Jiminy Cricket himself would admire the girl's conscience.

The crazy story that she finds herself thrown into is believable because she's so easy to relate to.

We're often drawn to characters who share some of our quirks because they make us realize we're not as weird as we think we are. Or...then again, maybe we are weird, but we're not alone in being weird. Yeah, that sounds better.

So anyway, Katniss is the kind of character who makes me feel like less of an oddball when I can't figure out why I think or feel a certain way. For the longest time, she anxiously wonders why she feels the way she does about Peeta and Gale, respectively. She doesn't understand herself well enough to sift through her feelings. I think a lot of us are like that.

I also enjoyed the process of watching someone who reminds me of myself make it through hurdle after hurdle and, in the end, come out, not completely unscathed, but stronger and more mature. It makes me feel like, if she can do it then maybe I can too.

So, that's my favorite fictional character: Katniss Everdeen.

Who's yours?

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