From Our Teen Readers
February 25, 2015 4:14 pm

Let’s get right to it: I know I’m not the only one who gets completely obsessed with guys in books. Book boys always seem to know what to say and do at the perfect time. Plus, they can actually live up to all of my unrealistic standards. I’m a firm believer in dating fictional boys instead of real-life boys. My friends think I’m a bit weird for saying that, and maybe you do too. That’s why I’ve made a list of 8 reasons why my fictional boyfriend is better than your real one.

1. You don’t have to worry about appearances.

You don’t have to don 6-inch heels and a face full of makeup to hang out with a fictional boyfriend. You will truly be accepted the way you are, even if that means that your hair is a bird’s nest, and you’re hanging around the house bra-less in flannel PJ’s.

2. He is always there when you need him.

No matter what you may be going through, your fictional boyfriend is only a few pages away. He can take you to a totally different world, far away from all the drama of real life.

3. There is no peer-pressure.

He isn’t exactly real, so he can’t pressure you to do things that make you feel uncomfortable. You don’t feel the need to look a certain way or do certain things just to make him happy. In our impulse-driven society, that’s a hard thing to find.

4. He is parent-approved.

I mean, do you think your parents will seriously tell you not to read? If anything, they will throw a party and pat their own backs when you announce your love for your fictional boyfriend. Your parents don’t have to worry about you being exposed to social pressure. They don’t have to worry if you’re dating some secret serial killer. Their child is happy in the safety of their own home. Honestly, what’s not to love?

5. They aren’t clingy.

Some girls don’t enjoy having a guy clinging to them every waking second. They want to have their space and be able to do things without someone else questioning them. When you’re dating a fictional character, you deal with them when you want to (and close the book when you don’t). That alone makes for a happy and stress-free relationship!

6. You don’t have to make any hard life decisions.

We’ve all heard the struggles of high school sweethearts. Eventually you two love birds will graduate and go to college. In a perfect world, you’ll get accepted to the same college and ride off into the sunset together. Sadly, the world doesn’t usually work like that. With book characters, you don’t have that stress! Just bring your man along with you to college. No worries, he’ll be fine living on your shelf or under your bed until you need him.

7. You’re in control of the relationship.

Things aren’t perfect in any relationship; I still find myself extremely upset with some of my favorite book characters. In a normal relationship, this would lead to some huge argument, and we would be mad at each other for days. But since I’m dating a book character, I can just simply close the book when things don’t go my way, and, if I’m feeling like it, just open another. You as the reader decide if you want to continue or not and you don’t even have to feel bad about it.

8. You get to be in multiple relationships.

I’m currently dating at least eight different fictional characters. I love the fact that I get to try out different types of relationships. One day, I’m dating some indie guy I bumped into on my way to the store, and the next I’m dating a mysterious tattooed bad boy. It’s a very fun and non-committal type of thing, but it would get me in big trouble with a real-life boyfriend.

I know that a book character can never fully satisfy your loneliness, but losing yourself in a book can be so much fun! You get to experience so many things and go so many places. We have plenty of time to get real boyfriends. The thing I love the most about my fictional boyfriend is that our love will never die, even when the novel ends. I can continue to write our story even when I’m old and wrinkled.

What fictional character are you currently dating?

Avianne Robinson is 16 and lives in Memphis, Tennessee. When she’s not on Netflix, she likes to make YouTube videos. She has a secret obsession with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Find her on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

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