Another standout essay on a fictional character comes from Eileen in her essay "Wallflower". Eileen draws inspiration from Charlie in Stephen Chbosky's novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In under 500 words, Eileen transforms the often negative term "wallflower" into something beautiful. You can read Eileen's essay, read a discussion of the essay, and see the results of Eileen's college search.
Also be sure to check out the tips for each of the six Common Application essay options: an ethical dilemma | an important issue | an influential person | a fictional character | diversity | the open topic