Today's discussion comes with thanks to Moon Rat over at Editorial Ass for letting me borrow her question.
In YA fiction, what kind of hero/ine is better; one with a really positive self image or one with a flawed self-image?
One may promote self-confidence in teen readers, while the other may ("may" being the key word here) seem more realistic, more identifiable.
Teens, which do you prefer to read about? Which do you find more entertaining in a novel?
To the adults, the same questions, but also which would you prefer teens to read about - be them your children, your nieces or nephews, yours cousins, etc?
Does the author have the responsibility to send out positive messages about self-image, or more to entertain? Can an author do both - where the protagonist has a healthy self-image from the very beginning running throughout? I can't honestly think of a YA novel where the protag is happy with themselves from beginning to end.
Just questions to start a discussion, not condeming, criticising, or deeming anything impossible.