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Abstract

In young adult media there are different roles that parents of the main characters symbolize. The role of parental figures can vary in their original conception and throughout media forms. Readers and viewers have their opinions about how parental figures representation should be characterized. Sometimes parental figures are what drive the stories along in a more interesting manner. The four types of parental presences represented are: a healthy parental presence, lack of parental presence, a broken parental presence, and a substitute parental presence. Readers and viewers of young adult media have many questions about the roles that parental figures have in the young adult main characters lives. What exactly is the role of the parental figure? Should there be any parental presences at all? How does the story flow with or without them? This article will explore examples of all four different parental presences in media forms of television series and books.