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  1. peachalulu

    peachalulu Contributing Member Reviewer Contributor

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    Does character age play a big part in your plots?

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by peachalulu, Nov 3, 2014.

    Right now I'm doing Nano - not exactly power boating along, but I think I'll catch up. Not too concerned. But I'm having issues with nailing down an age for my mc for my fantasy/sci-fi short. I've had no problem before picking ages but most of my characters have been 20-40 which I'm now thinking has more flexibility than children. The story is not ya but it's one of those awkward anyone-can-read-them stories that feature a child mc.

    When I first jotted the blurb out a while back the character of Oliver was 13-14 but I'm concerned that this age automatically assumes a need to reference a girl or love interest. Which I'm not interested in portraying. I have bigger fish to fry ( 'scuse the dumb-ass cliche ) in my story, so I don't have time for a romance. However making him too young he practically needs a guardian for his adventures. Or he'll look over cute or over-smart. Does anyone ever go through this agony of trying to decide on an age?
     
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    Oh, I dunno. He could be a late bloomer. And/or he's so into whatever it is that he doesn't have time for girls. He might have a girl as a friend, but not be interested in her romantically. Or leave that out altogether.

    Observing junior high kids as a sub teacher, I've noticed there's still a lot of natural gender separation at that age. Not that boys and girls aren't interested in each other, but there's still a lot of awkwardness. If your MC wants to avoid that for now, let him.
     
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    peachalulu Contributing Member Reviewer Contributor

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    Good to know! It's just seeing a lot of fiction on the sites, the romance angle seems to be seeping in younger age groups. Though a few I read did avoid romance. I just don't want readers unnecessarily disappointed.
     
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    I always thought writing a child (/under 15) was difficult. In the books I read, 8-10 year olds seem soooo smart and wordly and go on epic adventures. Then I look at the teens around me and I wouldn't bet they could do half what the kids in book do...

    I don't believe there is any inherent need for romance. No matter what Hollywood thinks, romance does not make a movie better and same goes for books. If there is no need for romance, then don't write it.

    I personally know a lot of people who say they grew up late when it came to sex and romance so for me, having a young teenager not overly interested in girls is normal. Also, depending on the situation the MC is in, maybe a love interest would be the last thing on his mind (ie; busy climbing the side of a volcano to throw a mythical ring into it.. yeah, Suzy's gonna have to wait)
     
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    At that age, it's little more than infatuation and unless it's absolutely critical to the character or to the plot I'd leave it. I recently watched a film which involved the old vampire/human interaction and I was just waiting, and waiting for a romance blossom. It never happened, and I was really pleasantly surprised!
     
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    Not usually. My characters tend to float around my own age, not unlike what you mention in your OP. 30-ish to 40-ish years of age. I have a feeling that were I to try to write much younger people, they would end up with Wesley Crusher syndrome.
     
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    I'd say when you want to write a character under 20, age specificity becomes a big deal, as every year makes a dramatic difference on his intelligence, maturity, sexuality, etc, and in many cases I think it winds up being a give and take situation.

    Say I want to make to make a wild ten year old boy. He's crass, stupid, impulsive, in other words an awesome character. Say, now, I want to put him into a sci fi adventure. How do I make a boy like that have any success in the world without being completely dependent on adults? I could raise his age, make him less dependent, but then his maturity rises and it sort of defeats the purpose of writing a kid in the first place.
     
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