I identify very much with Katniss. We think the same way; our minds work in the same manner. The only difference is how we relate to animals. I’m more like Prim in that aspect.
I suspect the author did her research on the MBTI. All the major characters in the story align realistically with their personality types. The realism in a dystopian fiction is remarkable and what draws me in. I see the Hunger Games everywhere: in corporations, in governments, in the world. The parallelism is unmistakable. It wasn’t until recently that I met someone else who’s as moved and impacted by the novels. And would you guess it, it’s another—a new—INFJ.
I like how it’s the others who make Katniss more likeable. You wouldn’t know that all this lay underneath, deep within us. Unless you read our thoughts, or unless it surfaces in extreme circumstances—and when it does, it’s raw. I long for the connections and relationships she makes. I long for a friendship like Gale’s, and I long for someone like Peeta. The way I’ve always seen it, Gale ignited the flame within her, but Peeta was the one who kept the flame going.
This is one of my favourite stories, perhaps even my favourite. No other book compares to this. They are a relatively easy read in terms of language, although there are many double entendres and a lot of meaning behind the simple words. It’s the connections and the ideas that set the story apart from the rest. These books will always remain special to me.