I’ve always thought about this – if I were to be placed in a book, what genre would I find myself in? And even more – what archetype and role would I fill? And now that I’ve actually thought about it for the reason of this post, I’ve come to a few conclusions.
I would be in a coming of age, contemporary YA fiction book, filling the role of “girl finds herself after failed relationships.”
Not just romantic relationships (seeing as that aspect of life ended when I was fifteen years old after my first boyfriend), but also familial and friend relationships too. I’ve had some crappy skills as far as choosing who I trust, and it’s burned me in the past. Most of you know that I had the worst summer of my life, starting the week after I turned eighteen, and since then it’s been an uphill climb to put all the pieces back together. But it’s also been the best time in my life, because I am a completely different person now.
I think, if I were in a YA contemporary, I’d be the quiet girl hiding in the corner, and then post-high school I blossomed into something completely different. The one who finally decides that others’ opinions don’t matter, and she’s going to do what she wants to do, because it makes her happy. Pursue her hobbies, get a weird job, even if it’s a bit odd or different from what’s expected. Not to mention the physical aspect – finding her fashion style, getting a radical hair cut (real life Kayla: getting that done first week of December 😉 Buh bye hair!), and maybe losing a few pounds, just because she wants to for herself, and not to please a man.
So despite my desire to be in a fantasy or sci-fi book, I think my true calling would be contemporary. As much as I’d love to be a dragon rider or save Panem! I’m not built to save the world, not yet at least 😉
What about you? Would you be contemporary, science fiction, fantasy, or other? What archetype would you be – the leader of the rebellion, the best friend who knows what’s up, the one who finds true love, the tragic love story, or other?