Gale is my favourite character so far but I am just now starting reading the other two books Catching Fire and will follow with Mockingjay. I read HG about 2 or more years ago. I was waiting until the paper backs came out to read the other two but they're still in hardcover and I've since bought an eReader but I refuse to purchase the ebooks because I have HG in paperback and unless I absolutely love the book(s) I'm not having more than one copy type - it's either or. So I've now borrowed lady__croft's old ereader as she has all the copies as ebooks.
Go see Hunger Games even if you're only curious about what all the hype is about lol!