The Truth About Stereotypes
Nine high school teenagers and their stories.
The Jock: Zach Richardson is the star quarterback on the football team, well known with everyone, and super good looking to match. He fits every aspect of his supposed personality type, but is he as black and white as everyone thinks?
The Popular Girl: Brooke Norwood has it all. The money, the popularity, the beauty, the fifteen minutes of fame. You’d think she’d be thrilled, right? Turns out she doesn’t have everything.
The Gay: Greg Nelson is out of the closet and a victim of more ridicule than ever. He has to struggle with his sexuality daily, and is constantly harassed because of his label, but is he so different from your average teenage guy?
The Lesbian: Kendra Sanders hasn’t come out with her secret yet, but everyone is starting to suspect it nonetheless. Can she stand to be herself in a world that already thinks they have her figured out?
The Geek: Being crazy smart has its downfall...particularly in social stratification. Where straight A’s and a perfect IQ will get you into an Ivy League university, will they get Samantha Miller into any wild parties?
The Loner: Zane Parker has always been content with his introverted lifestyle as an outcast in society. No drama, no worries, right? At least, that’s what Zane keeps telling himself. The only problem is: you can’t avoid people forever. Sooner or later you’re going to meet someone you can’t ignore.
The Player: Cade Williams goes through girlfriends like a shopaholic goes through shoes. As smooth talking as he might be under the eyes of his fellow classmates, there is another side to him that lurks beneath. Deep beneath.
The Emo: Colored hair, piercings, some sad music, a few scars on her arms, and all of the sudden Jade Smith is considered an emo chick. While everyone sticks with their assumptions about people like her, they don’t know the full story.
The S!ut: Rumors have painted Glenda Pickens’ life for the majority of her high school days. When you have a body like hers, however, it’s really no wonder she’s been pegged as the girl who sleeps with all the guys. But is her tainted reputation completely accurate?
Side Note: I know it is a lot of people, and may seem a little excessive, but I think it’s important I cover as many of the bases for this story as I can. I know I’m not going to be able to go in depth with ethnic, religious, or gender stereotypes, but I’m hoping to still be able to address those as well. Or maybe I’ll just do a sequel or something. Haha. Who knows? Either way it is impossible to cover all the stereotypes out there in one swoop. My plan is to maybe have three POVs per chapter if I decide to keep all nine characters. Each POV would be a small scene or two for each individual character. I’m not sure if I want the lives of each character to overlap and interconnect yet, but I’d sure appreciate some feedback on how that would be possible if anyone has any. I’m open for suggestions. Right now this idea is loosely built. I’m still playing around with it. Maybe you know of a stereotype I can do that I haven't already mentioned? Have a better name for a character? This isn't concrete yet. I can make adjustments.
Anyway, I think it would be fun to write a story exposing the faults of stereotyping so I’m hoping other people will feel the same way about reading something that that!
Tell me who you'd be most interested in reading about.