Have you ever noticed that a lot of books, particularly YA ones, contain main characters who love to write? I had this sudden realization the other day and felt the urge to write about it. It’s a common theme in many of the books I have read recently. For example:
- Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. In this novel, Charlie (the main character) turns to writing in order to get his emotions out and to clear his mind. He dreams of becoming a famous author and of writing a brilliant novel. In fact, Charlie’s father shares this same goal.
- Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. In this novel, (which I absolutely love, by the way) Cullen, the main character, records ideas for possible books titles in a journal. While his love of writing may not be as prominent as Charlie’s in Jasper Jones, it is present nonetheless.
- Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard. In this novel, Alex (the main character) is writing the story of the tragic event that occurred in his life and the events that followed in its wake. He writes beautiful poetry, and his English teacher encourages him to continue writing even after he leaves her class and graduates high school. Writing is a major part of Alex’s life and he would not be the same character without it.
Lately I’ve been wondering why this theme is so common, why it is laced throughout a plethora of books in not only the YA genre but in fiction in general. And so it is after much thinking that I have arrived at this final conclusion: Some writers like to stick to writing about the topics they know the most about. I can say that I do this myself when I write stories. In some cases- surely not in all, but some- these bookish and word-loving characters may be reflections of the authors themselves, because that is what they know best and are comfortable writing about.
As always, these are simply my thoughts. Do you feel the same way, or do you think there is another reason for why this theme is so common? Let me know in the comments section below or tweet me @Nutfreenerd.