So a while back I was looking for characters sheets and quizzes to help with the characters I was writing. Some were the typical character sheets - the ones made for authors. But I came across one that was for personal insight. Originally, I was going to tackle it the way I usually do. But a little ways into the first one I started having fun with it. I think I found out more about my characters through that.
Each of Rowling's characters have a wide range of both positive and negative traits and do both good and bad things. It's what makes her characters seem so real.
A strong female character in fiction is often seen as a set personality - cold, vicious, doesn't take any BS type of girl. But why?
The number one problem with romance, as I said above, is when the chemistry seems forced. When two characters are forced together for no reason other than because they need to be in a relationship, it comes across as... well, forced. Force relationship are dry, and much worse than letting characters stay single.
Should the writers have just completely glossed over the relationship?
Basically, characters need to do something. Change something. Actually do something to the plot.
Characters that set out to achieve something and actually achieve that something are a lot more interesting and very inspiring. Also, this is an important trait to show in role models for little kids.
Katniss Everdeen, the main character, is introduced as a sixteen-year-old hard working, family loving, tough girl who is determined to do her best to stay alive and keep her sister safe. When her sister Prim is reaped for the Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers the second she remembers she can. In the beginning, Katniss is characterized mainly by a will to live and that dying love for her sister, even scorning Gale's and Peeta's rebellious speeches.