More often than not, middle grade books about friendship changes are explained away with bullies and Mean Girls. There’s usually a clear hero(ine), a clear villain, and that’s that. But we all know that real life is much more murky and complex, and real-life aggressors look more like Astrid [in Victoria Jamieson’s delightful graphic novel Roller Girl] than a Disney villain.
– Nerdy Book Club
See also: How Children’s Books Teach Children To Despite Hilary Clinton for an example of how character tropes in fiction can transfer to real life, and leads to real life consequences.