All I'm saying is, you think you've seen stories like this before, so you can guess what's going to happen. Who's important and who isn't, but that's because you're trapped in your POV. You have a classic case of white male protagonism Derek, and a Librarian simply cannot have that. But that's why these books are so important, they're such a gift. They can allow you to see other points of view, and once you start seeing that you'll find that the story doesn't end the way you think, and most important, characters who you expect.