Sometimes called the problem novel and uses plots, themes, settings, and characters to reflect the world as we know it.
An imaginative writing that accurately reflects life as it was lived in the past or could be lived today.
Common Themes in Realistic Fiction
Change the randomness of the world into meaningful patterns
Mirror the real world
Hold literary qualities
Benefits of Realistic Fiction
The reader can identify with the characters
Allows the reader broadens their interests
Provides the reader to better cope with various emotions.
What makes a good book?
A well-written realistic fiction novel is about people, their problems, and their challenges.
The language and actions should be appropriate for the setting of the story.
The story should be reflective of the culture and social class present in the book.
Overcoming Fears and Accepting Responsibilities
Understanding Families, Divorce, and Adoption
Relationships, Alienation, and Sense of Belonging
Accomplishing Goals in Sports
Developing and Maturing
Coping with Violence, Crime, Alcohol, and Drug Abuse
Living with Physical and Mental Disabilities
Coping with Death, Disease, Accidents, and Suicide
Developing Sexual Relationships
Understanding Sexual Orientation
Understanding the Differences with Growing Old
Prejudice, Politics, Conflicts, and War
Living in a Global Society
Understanding Religion and Its Role in Society
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Carmen : [After trying out a bridesmaid dress for the wedding]…And you know what, Lydia? Just forget about the dress. We can tell everybody that Carmen’s Puerto Rican. And it never occurred to you she might be built differently. Or that, unlike you and your daughter, she has an ass that the tailor didn’t have enough bolts of material to cover, or better yet, just tell everyone there is no Carmen. Carmen doesn’t exist!
Ponyboy : Darry hit me! I swear, we used to get along just fine until Mom and Dad died. Now he can’t stand me.
Johnny : I think I like it better when the old man’s hittin’ me. At least he knows I’m there.
The ALAN Review has a listing of children’s and adolescent books written about difference. The topics range from physical and learning disabilities to seizure disorders. There are also books written by parents that have children with disabilities as well as autobiographic works.