Welcome to What Do You Think Thursday! WDYT is a new discussion post that will periodically pop up around here.
I've recently read a few books that were a bit outside my personal comfort zone -- this one and this one -- it's always interesting to test those boundaries! As a result I've been spending some time thinking about some things that I just can't get over in a story.
First, I want to be clear that I'm not trying to be judge-y about what other people read. I've read pretty much everything, from romance novels (old-school Harlequin!) to horror books (American Psycho- yikes!) and everything in between. There's not much I won't try and I do understand that some people enjoy things in fiction that they'd never be okay with in real life.
But there are some plot elements that make me really uncomfortable. Books that feature animal abuse or child abuse or abduction are things that I have a hard time reading. Sadly, these things do exist in the world, and I'm not trying to pretend they don't. But I've found that it's hard for me to have that stuff floating around in my head space.
Now, on to Forbidden Love. I completely understand the appeal -- in the abstract. Falling in love with the exact person you're not supposed to has a heady allure. The covert glances. The furtive hand brush. The sneaking around. It's exciting to read about -- I get it! And I'm completely on board with things like a Sworn Enemies love story.
But there are some sorts of forbidden relationships I'm not crazy about:
I know that secrets and secrecy can add a lot of tension and suspense to a story. But I've also learned that I have issues with stories in which the main characters are liars and/or cheaters. Try as I might, I just can't root for them. When bad stuff happens to them, I'm like: "karma!" Is it so hard to find a single person to fall in love with?
Student Teacher Relationships:
I didn't mind these storylines all that much ... until I had kids. When you have kids and send them off to school, it's a gesture of trust. Thankfully, the vast majority of teachers are professional, responsible adults, not creepers who can't tell the difference between their classroom and Match.com. But I've found that I just can't find these kind of stories appealing on a romantic level.
But you know, that's just me. Tell me about your dealbreaker plot elements in comments! And if there's a book you love that's in one of my dealbreaker categories, I'd love to hear about it...