It’s April again and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge and this year, my theme for the A to Z Challenge is characters and narrators.
Y is for Youth
Many novels favor the young characters.
My genre (romance) nearly specializes in young heroines, aged from about 18-26 years old. Heroes of this genre, however, have the luxury of being older, some as late as their mid 40s.
Why are so many stories focused on younger characters?
Maybe some of it has to do with the road to self discovery, loss of innocence (yes, that’s sometimes literal in romance novels), and bucking our family’s or society’s ideals of how we should be.
But authors shouldn’t turn their back on older characters and should use them for more than just guiding forces for the younger characters. After all, characters – like people – don’t stop on the road to self discovery or stop facing down obstacles simply due to the aging process. If anything, some obstacles can cause more turmoil when we’re older than when we’re younger.
I enjoy reading stories with characters of all ages and all backgrounds – as any character, regardless of their current lot in life, can be relatable and interesting…and more, they can have a story to tell. 😉