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Monday, February 22, 2010

Obsession vs Love

Happy (not) Monday morning! The laptop still isn't back. I'm about ready to explode from lack of computer time. It's not even in the shop yet.

So I started reading Shadowland on Friday. I'm not sure how good an idea this is because Blue Moon almost made me throw a book out the window, but I have to know how the story continues so I'm reading it anyway. The good news is, this one's actually mine so I can throw it at the wall if I deem it necessary.

And then I started thinking about how a lot of books seem to have confused obsession and love.

Love is NOT constantly thinking about how you can't live without someone.

Love is NOT falling into an untouchable depression for six months and then trying to kill yourself because you have nothing to live for.

Love is NOT announcing yourself soul mates within five minutes of meeting the person. (Let the records show that I do believe in love at first sight, but love at first sight doesn't mean you're going to marry the person and live happily ever after).

So what's up with this?

I blame Twilight for starting the trend. But it continues. With Shiver (not nearly as much as the others), the Immortals series, and even Winter's End a little bit.

I go to high school. I leave my home. I realize that love does not happen that way. And if it does, it's VERY VERY VERY VERY rare. So would anyone like to explain to me why we all of a sudden have an influx of weak women protagonists that can't live without their supernatural boyfriends and depend on them for everything? Seriously?

There are lots of awesome examples of live in books. Strong women protags that don't have to have their boyfriend at their side at all times. And that concludes my rant of the week.

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