Katniss Everdeen has sold more Hunger Games books and movie tickets than you can shake a bow and arrow at. There's a reason for that. She's someone we love to root for.
Why? Because she's sympathetic and flawed. Highly sympathetic and sympathetically flawed. Let us count the ways:
Note that these three flaws are related. Katniss is forced to be independent, so she is untrusting of others and this makes for a prickly attitude.
Note, too, that Katniss' primary flaw is too much of a good thing, independence. This only makes her more sympathetic.. Especially for Americans, independence is highly esteemed. Self-reliance is a mark of our mythical national character.
Now, how can you make your protagonists sympathetic and sympathetically flawed? How can you make them more Katniss-worthy?
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