But what about books that are written for adults, with adult characters going back-and-forth between two characters just because loving them seemed like such a great idea? That’s where my intense hatred comes in.
As I mentioned in my previous entry, it’s a lose-lose situation, because no matter what the author does, someone’s always bound to get hurt. Seriously, authors, what is stopping you from calling the end game for just ONE true love? Are you being pressured by your editors and publishers telling you that you can’t sell a book unless you get your readers to divide themselves into “#teams” who “ship” your characters?* Are you so enamored of your two male characters that you have to crowd-source your readers to “vote” for their favorites? Because if that’s the case, then I’m sorry, but you’re cheapening your story, and you’ve just short-changed that wonderful writer’s voice that have earned you so many reads in the first place. And if you can’t trust your own voice, then how am I supposed to trust you?
(*Note: I have nothing against fans who write their own endings for their “ships.” In fact, I’m all for it, because fanfic is a wonderful illustration of the symbiotic relationship between reading and writing. My beef comes from the pre-determined expectation that readers will want to “ship” characters in the first place by taking away the endgame. And let’s be honest here: unhappy fans lead to dwindling sales.)
Just this once, I’d like to read a book or a series about a heroine who picks her own hero, and chooses him time and again, without a third wheel to keep things spicy. Just this once, I’d like to read about a couple who gets tested, not by jealousy, but by priorities and communications and, you know, life.