So this is a topic that really gets on my nerves. In books, I always find that characters seem incapable of getting over people they have been with. To me this just doesn’t seem to fit with actual real life relationships. In the real world, you go out with someone, then maybe break up with them, and then get over them. I mean do people really spend years wishing after that one person they were with for like 6 months when they were 15? Not in my experience! So many people I know have had various different boyfriends/girlfriends in their life so far (I’m 17) and it’s not like all but one were real, and the others were just fill ins. No. They liked one person for a while, but then later liked another.
Rant over, sorry!
The point of this post wasn’t originally to rant, but who doesn’t like a good rant every now and again 😉 The actual reason why I opened up my laptop and started typing was because a book (or more accurately an author) made me think of this the other day. I was reading ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ by Sarah J Maas and it struck me that she is one of the only authors I can think of that doesn’t portray romance in this totally unrealistic way. Her characters get over the people they used to like, and don’t pine over them even when they do unforgivable things.
Her other series (Throne of Glass – would definitely recommend if you like fantasy worlds) does exactly the same. The characters have more than one different relationship throughout the books, and I think this is something that more authors should do, because it makes it feel so much more realistic, which to me makes the book so much better. I can never relate to characters who moon after one person without any reason, and refuse to move on. Because people are not like that!!
What do you guys think? Because I have a huge amount of respect for an author who manages to do this without making a character look shallow, because unfortunately the characters who don’t do the whole “I’ll love you forever” nonsense are often portrayed as fickle.
Bye for now 🙂
PS sorry for using the word ‘realistic’ too much 😉