Subject: I assume this is related to your old post...
Posted on: 2022-11-23 23:15:58 UTC
...about when it starts being creepy to have a preference for youthful-looking characters? I really don't think the answer is to cut fiction from your life completely. That would mean removing 95% of all available entertainment for the next fifty years of your life; I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.
I second what others have said about broadening your horizons and finding more types of characters in different genres. Young characters are not the only characters out there. (Nor is it always necessary to be attracted to a character in order to like them.) Surely this Board can help when it comes to tips on entertainment starring characters older than teenagers!
(As I grew up I kind of stopped crushing on fictional characters at all, if that helps? I can still have a nostalgic fondness for a certain type of character, but it is nowhere there the adoration I felt as a teen or even in my twenties. Not saying that this is what always happens, I suppose, but I am saying it did happen to me.)
You are still allowed to engage with content that you like. You can like whatever characters you want. You don't have to punish yourself. Fandom is for everyone.