When I was kid the last thing I wanted to read about was some guy having problems with acne and girls. I wanted to read about the adult world- with a view to figuring it out before I got there. And so I read adventure stories and detective fiction and my heroes were people like Allen Quartermain and Sherlock Holmes. I didn't want to be a half-licked bear cub, I wanted to be a great white hunter or the greatest detective in Victorian London.
And then- when I was about 15- I read War and Peace and there was absolutely no going back.