How Realistic Do You Need Your Fictional Characters?
This question is part of the GRAB(ook) Club, an online book club open to anyone and everyone.
There are two types of teen characters that seem to pop up in books and movies — the realistic, everyman who stands in for tons of kids that you could actually point out at your school (for instance, the students in Breakfast Club) and the kid-you-wish-you-were (for instance, the kids in John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars). There is nothing realistic about them. They are too witty to be actual people, too self-actualized, too lucky, too unlucky, and too much the creators of perfect movie-like moments. This seems to be a running characteristic of John Green characters: they are the people you wish you were or you wish were your friends, therefore, it is a joy to hang out with them in paper form on the page.
Do you tend to gravitate towards books with realistic characters who remind you of people in your day-to-day world (or you could see being an actual person you might encounter one day) or characters who have almost super-human personalities that allow you to escape from all those regular people around you due to their cleverness?
After you answer my question, please click over to read the rest of the book club questions for The Fault in Our Stars. You can get your own copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green at bookstores including Amazon.