Hans Christian Anderson tells many well know tales such as the Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid and Thumbelina but unlike many other fairy tales not everything always ends with a happy ever after. Some stories have morals and some are just pretty fairy stories but each shows that the 'good guys' don't always win and although good the Disney interpretations are not the same.
There are a lot of different characters in Hans Christian Anderson' book but I have found they are all easy to sympathise with because he describes them all so well. Each one becomes so vivid that you feel you know them personally.
The only story I feel different about is the stories of the moon where the moon tells a little boy stories I find some of the stories quite dull and because of the speed and shortness of the story I don't have time to sympathise with the characters.