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So, this started with me bemoaning my inability to write a college AU based on my relatively outdated and very limited college experience. Well, Laria -[personal profile] facetiousfutz - lead me in a few directions that are very promising, but mentioned also being on the look-out for references and recommendations for college or high school AUs, or any kind of writing in such settings.

So, first and foremost, this is a post where I invite anyone - anyone at all who sees it - to contribute to a list I'm collecting of helpful media or writing guides, or anything else that can help an author writing a college or high school setting. Please, I'd love additions to the list; ideally, they'll keep growing.

Now, here are the (very limited) resources and references I have so far. I have not watched/read all of these, by any means, and have instead compiled these largely from lists online. All of these titles come with a Your Mileage May Vary warning, and please, do your research before jumping in if there are certain topics you want to avoid. Some of these get pretty dark.

Things to Watch - College Setting
Boy Meets World
Gilmore Girls
Legally Blonde
Undeclared

Things to Watch - High School Setting
Boy Meets World
Gilmore Girls
Glee
The Breakfast Club
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Degrassi
Skins

Things to Watch - Middle School Setting
Boy Meets World
As Told By Ginger

Books to Read - College Setting

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Alterbrando

Books to Read - High School Setting
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan*
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Books to Read - Middle School Setting
The Misfits Series by Jame Howe

Potentially Helpful Websites
Haley's "Quick and Dirty College Fundamentals"
Wiki How: Campus Life Articles

*The High School and overall setting in Boy Meets Boy is far from typical, or even realistic, but the situations and characters are a good reference, I'd say.
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