Because you like Pi Patel in Life of Pi
Celie Johnson says she's poor, black, and may even be ugly. But dear God she's here. See them in The Color Purple.
As Marlena Rosenbluth is finding out, confidence in the limelight doesn't always translate to power at home. See them in Water for Elephants.
Ishmael is a quiet observer on a larger-than-life quest. See them in Moby Dick.
With an undeniable sense of adventure, Huck Finn is an expert at getting into and, more importantly, out of sticky situations. See them in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
A responsible kid, Hugo Cabret is still capable of flights of fancy. See them in Hugo.
A champion of chivalry, Don Quixote is dutifully bringing good to the world—even when others think he's out of his mind. See them in Don Quixote.
Though raised to think of himself as a monster, Quasimodo has a heart that holds nothing but compassion. See them in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Tarzan is walking the line between human and animal. Good thing he has excellent balance. See them in Tarzan.
Despite the undeniably awful turn her life has taken, Rachel handles herself with remarkable grace. See them in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl .
Brian Robeson is a true survivor through and through. See them in Hatchet.
Stranded on Mars, Mark Watney is armed with quick wits, an electronic diary, disco music, and an undying resolve to make it back. See them in The Martian.
The Warden of the camp says that digging holes in the desert builds character, but Stanley Yelnats suspects there's more to it. See them in Holes.