Like camels having long eyelashes to protect their eyes from the sand — it’s imperative that our characters have significant qualities. Show these qualities (or a form of them) right from the start.
EXAMPLES (just going off the first chapter):
1. The Hunger Games
Katniss: A daring survivor possessed with killer hunting skills and an attitude of caring for “her people” more than herself or others. She strives despite the odds and will use you, animals, or the land to get what she needs or wants.
2. Between Shades of Gray
Lina: A headstrong and gifted sketch artist. Although she’s quite mindful, she has a tendency to block out or minimize things that she doesn’t want to deal with at the moment.
3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Percy: An honest, loyal, and surprisingly witty teen who can’t help but get himself into trouble. He doesn’t hold back from putting his hands on a girl or shy away from cutting corners, if he ever gets the chance.
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry: A striving, unloved orphan who’s familiar with serving others and getting unfairly and severely punished. He’s a brewing storm who doesn’t know the depth of himself.
5. The Fault in Our Stars
Hazel: A witty, straightforward, and opinionated teen who marches to her own beat yet fears hurting others with her impending death by cancer.
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Charlie: Haunted, confused, honest, and yearning to understand himself and others.
Tris: A stiff who always wanted to break free and say something.
What are other examples?