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What Age Should my characters be? :

Okay, I'm writing a superhero cartoon; and was just wondering how old they should be? I want them to be old enough to have (serious) crushes and relationships, but young enough to not have to worry about college yet. I'm thinking 14-15?

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 3 nrjxll, Sun, 26th Feb '12 4:06:27 PM Relationship Status: Not war
Depending on how you define "serious relationships", I think they very well might not be possible for teenagers. And I personally hate teenage protagonists.

But as far as your requirements go, 15 or 16 sounds about right, leaning towards the former.

 4 Leradny, Sun, 26th Feb '12 6:43:43 PM from Alameda, CA
serious relationships

By the time they're finished with a serious relationship lasting two years or more, they may well be out of high school anyway.

Why won't you let them worry about college when superheroes generally protect an entire city?

 5 Major Tom, Sun, 26th Feb '12 6:52:45 PM Relationship Status: Barbecuing
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Why won't you let them worry about college when superheroes generally protect an entire city?

Because thinking about college in a very teen angst or drama kind of way is so horribly cliche. Come to think of it, a teen character thinking about college at all in a work has become horribly cliche.

edited 26th Feb '12 6:53:16 PM by MajorTom

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 6 Leradny, Sun, 26th Feb '12 7:06:17 PM from Alameda, CA
Name one work that has high-school aged characters worrying about college while they try to save the world at all.

edited 26th Feb '12 7:06:55 PM by Leradny

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Really, Tom? Out of all of the works I've heard of that feature teenage or high school-age characters, fantastical or not, college never seems to come up, even in a social aspect.

In fact, I almost thought you were joking when I read that. . _ .;
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Whatever age you think you can get into the characters' heads enough to make them believably sound that age with their own voices and believable emotional responses.

You don't really need to show them actively worrying about college or school in general really more than necessary anyway.
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 9 Night, Sun, 26th Feb '12 8:39:48 PM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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Yeah, I'm drawing a total blank on the college thing. The only work that I can recall which ever had teens going from high school to college was Buffy, and it didn't deal deep.

It was an undercurrent in some kinds of Japanese work, reflecting the time, but that was about twelve years ago and they didn't work with it really either, just acknowledge it.
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The only story where teens worrying about college even factors into the story that I know off the back of my head is A Cinderella Story.

>_> I didn't have a serious relationship until college... One of the times I was asked out in high school was an ill-fated ploy to make one of my friends jealous and me and the boy didn't even go on a date... or talk to each other after he asked except to break up. I only said yes because I wasn't sure how to say no. >_<

I'd say 15 at least. I think 16 because then they're able to drive and more likely go on dates alone instead of needing to get a ride off of someone and, depending on their nosy-ness, get grilled on the new beau the whole drive (unless they all live in a city where everything is walking distance or has nice public transportation. My city sucks for walking around). 14 seems kind of young. I don't recall my friends being particularly mature about romantic love and my sister who is 15 is not currently dating, but the way she talks about what she dreams for a perfect boyfriend... she mainly only cares if he's hot.
 11 chihuahua 0, Sun, 26th Feb '12 9:42:23 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
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I read a couple of novels where college was apart of the main goal (one book was the protagonist re-earning her college savings and another was simply getting into a good college), but the narrators in those books were eighteen. I hadn't really read any YA novels where younger characters were concerned about college.

 12 nrjxll, Sun, 26th Feb '12 9:45:22 PM Relationship Status: Not war
I didn't have a serious relationship until college... One of the times I was asked out in high school was an ill-fated ploy to make one of my friends jealous and me and the boy didn't even go on a date... or talk to each other after he asked except to break up. I only said yes because I wasn't sure how to say no.

...So if you never went out or even talked to each other, what was there to break up?

But seriously, although again it depends on your definition of "serious", I agree: teenagers aren't really capable of having serious romantic relationships.

edited 26th Feb '12 9:45:41 PM by nrjxll

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I don't really know? O_o But we did and I was later made privy to his idiot idea and disliked him a bit more than my ambivalence towards him after that.
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It all depends on how you define "serious relationships." Kids who meet and pair off as young teens aren't likely to get married or 'be together forever', but being young it's pretty common for them to feel this way. It doesn't matter how signifigant their relationship is in the grand scheme of things: as long as those involved treat it seriously, it should be fine.
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I'd make them one or two years older. From what I gather, kids don't start worrying about college into their last year of high school.

 16 Major Tom, Tue, 28th Feb '12 5:47:26 PM Relationship Status: Barbecuing
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Out of all of the works I've heard of that feature teenage or high school-age characters, fantastical or not, college never seems to come up, even in a social aspect.

Beware The Gonzo, every single high school sports movie like Remember the Titans, High School Musical to name a few.
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Well to be fair to the OP, superhero cartoons of the teenage age range do not worry about college.

Personally I would say 15-16, since 14 is just entering high school.

 18 Manateehugs, Wed, 28th Mar '12 5:07:03 PM from Beaverton Oregon
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I think 15 to 16 would be good for a lighthearted story with super heros. I feel like a 15 to 16 year old could have a serious relationship depending on their what their life has been like and what their other relations are like, family and friends. Best wishes for the writing, have fun.

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