Personally, real life or fiction, who wouldn't want multiple hot, smart, amazing guys to choose from? I volunteer as tribute for this cross to bear! Pick me, love me, choose me! Ok, I'm done with book and TV references...maybe. But for real, superficial reasons addressed first and now put aside, having options is never a bad thing. Relationships, romantic or platonic, change as we grow up. And we do. We grow up. We change. We go through things. We have experiences that change our perspective of a situation. We mature and have different opinions and goals and ideas and ambitions that may or may not align with our 'first love.' So...what? I'm supposed to be stuck with this person for the REST OF MY LIFE because he happen to be the first guy I came across that sparked my interest? Hell to the f'ing no!
Of all the people I've met, I know ONE person who ended up with their high school boyfriend and that is the exception not the rule. How lucky people are to have met their soulmate on the first go. I envy you, truly I do. But real life--for the most part--doesn't work that way. I like my books fictional yet realistic. Most people do not stay with their first love nor do we judge people for breaking up with somebody at 16, 17, 18, 20, 25, 30 or older. You break up because something isn't working and we all deserve to be happy and fulfilled in relationships. So if it isn't working, pull a Frozen and let it go. Do we not give advice to our friends to get out if their partner isn't treating them right?
Look, I'm-kind-of-not-really-but-a-little-bit-sorry to be a bitch and say this but psh, when has that ever stopped me? Here's my truth: I find the abhorrence of love triangles and ship switching to be really immature, short-sighted and truly crosses the line of slut-shaming. To completely discredit a book you haven't even read based on an assumption of a second potential love interest is absolutely ridiculous to me. To slam a book because the characters have different feelings than what you expected to happen is not your call to make (...in my humble opinion...). I mean, you do you. Let the authors do them and give their characters the justice they need to serve. And let the characters have the ability to make mistakes and grow and choose their own choices, too. I get that some people could say books are still fiction but that is really not the point to me. The point is that I look for characters and books that show strength and fluidity and change, not rigidity, unfeeling, emotionless robots who just do what they're 'supposed to do.' How not fun is that to read?
What do you think?
Do you like your characters to be realistic and have multiple relationships and growth?