I’ve been pondering adding a new weekly (or semi-weekly for my crazy schedule) meme to the blog. So, here we have this post :). It’s a “Wednesday Wonderings” question — today, it’s book-related, but next week it may be about something totally different. We’ll see.
This brings me to THE question: Do you prefer books with characters who are close to your own age?
My response is “kind of”. I do especially enjoy books with characters close to my own age (20-something), but I have equally enjoyed stories of children, teens, and adults of all ages (even “old” people), in different genres. I think, for me, it comes down to story content. If the story is something close to my heart, relevant to my faith-walk, or entertaining, I can enjoy characters at any age. BUT, I do really love it when a character close to my own age is relatable because of their current life circumstances. I noticed Rissi mentioned this recently, too!
What are your thoughts? Do you only read books where the main character is your age? Or do you read various “ages” and genres?
What a great new series! Looking forward to it 🙂 If it’s historical fiction, I don’t seem to mind the age of the characters. I’ve noticed I’m not a fan of contemporary YA (fantasy and dystopian though, no problem ;). I couldn’t handle teenage drama in high school, so seems like I can’t handle it now 🙂 P.S. Love the graphic!
Thanks, Jamie! I’m with you – historical fiction is unique in that I love the experiences/lifestyles of characters no matter their age. Some YA can definitely be over dramatic, though 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
I’m with Jamie, what a great idea! Definitely looking forward to more questions in the future. 🙂 As for this one, I would say not really. I mean, I DO enjoy reading about characters my own age, but I don’t think I’d say that I prefer it. I read all kinds of stories and as you said, it comes down to the characters. If said character is going through something in their life that I can relate to, then I certainly feel more of a connection to them. Perhaps this is why I enjoy stories that deal with a close family member or the character themselves who have a disease of some sort, since I understand what that feels like. So really, it doesn’t have anything at all to do with their age, it has more to do with what they’re going through. If that makes sense?
That makes perfect sense, Kara! Characters being relatable is more important than age. I’m so glad you took the time to share your thoughts.
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