Remember Fizzgig from The Dark Crystal?
Another strong character.
We like 'strong characters', right? Here's a look at how Suzanne Collins got my attention in the first few lines in 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins.
- Katniss wakes up and looks for her sister, who snuck into bed with their mother.
- A big, ugly yellow cat is curled up on her sister's feet.
- Cut to Katniss's memories of when her sister found the cat, flea-bitten and wormy and her sister begged Katniss not to drown it.
- Back to present- now Katniss feeds it entrails when she cleans an animal she's killed. The cat has stopped hissing at Katniss.
- "Entrails. No hissing. This is the closest we will ever come to love."
This is a strong character. Yes, Katniss is physically strong, but that's not the point. She tried to drown her sister's cat out of practicality. She didn't think about it, or consider it, or *almost* put the cat in a bucket. She did it and her sister was begging her to stop. And the cat still remembers.
I had that same 'I can relax' feeling when I reread "The Giver" by Lois Lowry.
It was December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. No, wrong word. Frightened meant that deep, sickened feeling of something terrible about to happen.Jonas is extremely careful about naming his feelings. It made me wonder why. That's all it took to hook me.
Have you ever met a character and thought, "Wow. This is going to be good."? What line got you?