Can it really be true??
It is quite possible, virtual folk, because it seems I have again hit with extreme force one of the main issues in a story which causes me to stumble each. and. every. single. damn. time. This is the theme of infidelity.
It doesn’t matter how thoughtfully and convincingly it’s dealt with (eg Chris Owen’s Bareback) or how the addition of a third person in a relationship can be successfully resolved in a story (eg Katrina Strauss’ Blue Ruin 2), I really – to the infinity power – hate it; even the hint of it.
Case in point *AND SPOILERS*…
I was reading this the other day; picked it up because I’d read some good reviews about it. I was enjoying it (lots of lol moments that had the kittens running to see what was up) right up until the very end when red lights started flashing and a barrier came down. Infidelity… bloody hell it.
Yeah, yeah; he doesn’t go through with it. Yet, he was ready to throw his whole future away on some pie-in-the-sky dream. I know, I know. It’s a major part of the story and of the character as he, despite his concerns, takes that big leap of faith, but still… it just made me so friggin angry. *sigh*
Needless to say that this book has gone on to my ‘mixed feelings’ shelf.
If you’ve read it, did you have a similar reaction? Or perhaps you don’t have my, umm, “issues” (translation from Kris: blatant bias) with infidelity? Maybe it’s something else that gets your goat?