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This week’s topic is: The Friend Factor in Relationships: How other friends fit into main characters’s relationships and what affect they can have.
I’m kind of fudging with how well my post fits the topic, but I really have been wanting to discuss this and since it is related to the topic I’m rolling with it and maybe I’ll throw a little something else in too that fits the topic better. It depends on how long the post is looking like it is going to be.
One thing I’ve noticed lately in a lot of more “cookie-cutter,” (as I like to call them) type YA books, is that there is always one girl friend or the main character, usually their very bestfriend, that is a total guy magnet, and flirtatious and/or provocative, maybe not all the time but whenever there is a hottie involved.
I’ve never understood why the main character can’t be the confident, flirtatious and score all the guys they want. I also feel like it would be really hard to be the bestfriend of someone with such a strong personality like that. (Not that the personality is strong but that the personality is so strong AND made up almost entirely of the qualities mentioned previously.) It can’t be good for the self confidence at least for certain types of people. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that these characters aren’t like certain real people, or that they are bad for others, I’m simply pointing out that you have to have a certain amount of self-confidence not to feel inferior, at least to a small degree, to such a confident well loved person.
I’ll admit it, I actually love these characters. They don’t at all bother me, I don’t have any problems with them. I just start to wonder things, like the questions brought up earlier, why is it never the main character with that kind of personality? Obviously if the main character didn’t have the right kind of personality to get along with their firecracker bestfriend without conflict or other emotional repercussions and deeper issues in the relationship. Why do we never see any of this in books? I mean they can’t all be perfect matches of personalities.
How do you feel about these characters? What patterns and repercussions have you noticed?
Uffda, as much as I would love to talk about something else that fits the topic better or make a list of examples of something, but I just don’t have the energy to, sorry guys. I guess I’m keepin’ it short today.
Next weeks topic is…. Couples on Covers!