KATNISS EVERDEEN (The Hunger Games)
Brief Summary (spoilers)
Strengths: The heroine who survives at all costs. The Mockingjay that defies the Capitol and resembles the rebellion. The protector who creates family wherever she goes. The sister that volunteers. The girl on fire.
Weakness: What comes with being one who is willing to at all costs protect the ones she loves? Sacrifice. Which resembles a weakness if one knows how to use it against her. Unfortunately Katniss is too legit to quit and lives happily ever after with the boy with the bread.
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Born into poverty in District 12 and essentially orphaned following the death of her father, Katniss was forced to grow up much faster than other District 12 children. Becoming the sole provider of her family, her younger sister Prim and an emotionally unavailable mother, 11 year old Katniss learned to be self-reliant and untrusting of others. These circumstances prompted her to build a wall between herself and everyone else, save her sister Prim-the only person she is certain she loves, and her best friend/hunting partner Gale-the only person she trusts. The unwavering love for her sister is the driving force behind almost all of the decisions Katniss makes, most notably volunteering at the reaping. She is fiercely independent and cannot deal with owing anything to anyone, which makes her relationship with Peeta Mellark so challenging for her. Ever since he gave her the burnt bread when her family was starving she has felt indebted to him. She struggles with the thoughts of having to kill him in the games because of this debt she feels she owe him. However knowing that she is largely responsible for his survival in the games, by the time they enter the Quarter Quell her desire to keep Peeta alive is no longer based on a debt she feels she needs to repay. It is not until she is free from this debt that she can begin realizing her true feelings for Peeta. Even though Katniss is a very strong person, she is still vulnerable. Once she has won her first games and is able to get out of bed and leave her room, the first thing she does is run to Haymitch and throws herself in his arms, which up to this point has been uncharacteristic for her. This shows how even through her tough exterior, she is still just a girl, one who went through a very traumatic ordeal. She is human. Throughout all of the books Katniss is consistently manipulated by someone, constantly playing the role of a puppet, and rarely realizing it. She is weaker than she thinks she is and shuts down a number of times, which brings realness to the character. She ends the series a much weaker person, which is only natural given the trauma she endured. Katniss’s realistic set of weaknesses make her a much more relatable character.
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Why we like her
I really like Katniss as a character because I think she is very believable. She has skills that are unusual for someone of her age and situation, but I think it makes perfect sense that she can hunt, and forage and trade. I also like the side of her that loves Prim. One of my favourite things about her is how focused she is on survival. I think this is related to the need she feels to keep Prim alive, but it is also something that comes completely from herself. She does whatever she needs to to get by. My favourite side to Katniss is her in Mockingjay. She goes through such change and developement, to me it’s almost like two different people comparing the Katniss at the start to the Katniss at the end. Throughout the series we see her grow and become both stronger, and more vulnerable. Time and time again, we see her break. We also see put herself back together. – uchihakatniss
I really admire her strength. – Burdge-bug
WILL HERONDALE (The Infernal Devices)
Brief Summary (spoilers)
As beautiful as he is sarcastic. He’s the most charming Shadowhunter in all of London. He can make you laugh until tears start streaming, but can also kick intese demon butt. He a quick thinker when it comes to fighting, even if his decisions may be irrational at times. He’ll still win. His constant stand-off-ish personality takes it’s toll, however. He pushes those he loves away, and hides his feelings. Even from his best friend/parabatai/brother.
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William Herondale was born to a Welsh family. He had an older sister, Ella, and a younger sister, Cecily. His father was a Shadowhunter who left the Clave after falling in love with a mundane. When Will was growing up, every six years he was asked if he wished to join the Enclave and he declined. However, when he was twelve years old, he discovered a pyxis that his father had kept from his Shadowhunter days. He unintentionally opened it and released a demon, which then attacked him. His sister Ella came running in and was attacked. While his sister was on the floor, the demon cursed Will so that he could never let any one love him or else they would die. He ran to the London Institute to keep his family safe. He never saw his parents again. Will became best friends with Jem Carstairs when he arrived in the Institute from China. When they were 14, they became parabatai.
He comes across as rude and arrogant, always utilising his quick wit and sarcasm. He is aware of his good looks and uses it to get his way. This is in fact a front that he uses to keep everyone at arms-length. He is actually caring and would risk his life for the people he loves. He is also self-sacrificing.
Will reads extensively and has a perfect memory. He can find a quote for almost any situation and often makes his own (very bad, although sometimes purposefully) poetry.
Will is described to have deep blue eyes and black hair that falls in his eyes. He has elegant features – high cheekbones; long, thick lashes; full lips and an elegant throat. He is muscular and well built with broad shoulders. He is mentioned to be 6 foot tall and have callused hands from his years of training as a shadowhunter. He is said to be extremely handsome by most people.
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Why We Like Him (mild spoilers)
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than Jace… it does. Dark hair and blue eyes, the perfect combo, with a sexy accent to boot! Will believes he is under a curse that kills anyone he loves. So his insults, rude behavior, sarcasm, time spent in opium dens… that is all because he doesn’t want to get attached to and love anyone, and have them love him back. He is as selfless as it gets, and he loves books! He is so smart, knowing about demon pox, and creative enough to even write a song about it! Will is intelligent, sarcastic, selfless, a true English gentleman, and keeps you on your toes. – malfoyorwayland
Will Herondale, whenever I hear your name I think of love, loss, and a little song about Demon Pox. You and your descendant Jace most alike with your hatred of ducks, wit and charms however you are still a different man and have some defining qualities that make you who YOU are. Your selflessness would leave anyone blown away if only they knew. You care a lot for the ones you love, Tessa, Jem, and the Branwell’s. I also admire your love of literature and poetry and your brilliant memory for being able to recall passages of it even in the weirdest situations. I wish I had a memory like yours even if you have a memory rune to help. You are an amazing, one of a kind character and someday I hope I’ll be able to find guys in the real world that are like you. Keep on loving, caring and be free Will, you deserve it more than anyone. – theherondalegirl