One of the first things you think of when you think of college* is a roommate.
Of course, you might be like me, who’s a commuter, because gosh darn it, those room and board expenses are well… expensive. And if you can avoid those expenses, you might as well avoid it.
My mom probably thinks I’m there to be a pest on a daily basis.
*Disclaimer: You don’t necessarily need to be in college to have a roommate, but for the purposes of this post and the back to school season, let’s say you are.
Roommates are a little tricky because you’re stuck with them. You’re living with them!
(Okay, so maybe not exactly stuck with them, but for the time being you are.)
You don’t know if they’re good, bad, or even worse, an absolute nightmare. #roommatehorrorstories. And it’s not like you can run home if you’re in another state or another country.
Wouldn’t it be better if you could have fictional characters as roommates instead?
1. They might ask you to join their new adventures!
Would you rather listen to a lecture all day or would you rather go slay demons with Shadowhunters? Or even traipsing across the country with demigods?
2. You know full well your fictional crush is taken.
It sucks, doesn’t it, knowing you can’t have them*. 😔 👉👈
*Look, I personally don’t care about falling in love with them, but I’d like to be friends at least.
3. You’ll probably get in trouble. A lot.
You’re not supposed to have weapons after all (or you could disguise it if that’s your thing). And unless they don’t bring their weapons in… you’re risking yourselves.
Imagine being in calculus class and all of a sudden you get attacked by a hydra. 🥴 (Considering I hated Calculus, I personally wouldn’t mind.)
4. You don’t know when they’ll be back or if they’ll be back.
They’re too busy saving the world or having monsters chasing after them, so they’re always at risk of death.
5. There will never be a dull moment.
Chances are, they’ll tell you all about their adventures if you can’t go with them. It’s one thing to look forward to at the end of the day when you’re about to sleep, right?
6. You’ll get along with them for sure.
They don’t know you, but you know them inside and out. You know what makes them happy, what makes them upset, what peeves them, etc.
Or you could creep them out. Make sure to tone down the “I know everything about you” dial a little.
7. They can easily kill you in your sleep.
If anyone can wield a knife better than a cook, it’s a fictional character. You’re better not pissing them off.
8. They won’t touch your books for the most part.
Do they really want to read about themselves? Do they want to hear their loved ones dying? Probably not.
9. They’re going to be relying on you.
They know their world, but they don’t know your world. Should they choose to retire from demon hunting and monster slaying, they’re going to be looking to you to help guide them through this world. Perfect roommate bonding time, am I right?
10. You might end up falling in love with them for reals.
Oh dear, you’re now a walking trope. Will the creator find out and write you into their story? 😱
Deep down you hope they’ll break up with their loves from the story they came from so you can snatch them up.