I admit that at 20 years of age I am not worldly or experienced, nor have I read all the world of literature has to offer. However, it seems like recently, there is a new trend.
Now, obsession isn’t new. It’s been used before and I’ve read it portrayed accurately: as a character flaw.
I love my boyfriend. I am not obsessed with him. I don’t follow him around, go through his phone, or read through his emails. I don’t demand to be with him any second of the day or threaten bodily harm to anyone who touches him. That would not be sexy. That would be creepy.
Only… is it creepy? 50 Shades of Grey, Twilight, Apolonia, and Viper Game. These are all fairly new books that have not love, not romance, but obsession.
Christian Gray stalks Ana, buys her a new car without her permission, and doesn’t allow her to see her male friends.
Edward watches Bella while she sleeps in addition to all the creepy stuff E. L. James stole for 50 Shades.
In Apolonia, the main character is the interest of two boys, both of whom want to follow her around at all times.
Viper Games, a book I’m reading right now, has a main character who is genetically enhanced to be pretty and sexy, and the male lead threatens to kill his own best friends if they dare touch her. Literally, touch. As in, handshake. He tells her not to seduce another man or else she’ll be responsible for their deaths and he doesn’t want that.
*Sigh* Soooo romantic.
Do women want this? To be obsessed over? Is love no longer enough?
Obsession: an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind
When a man obsessive over you, you are literally all he thinks about. There is no time for fun or games or work or personality, only you. That’s what the characters in these books are like and these books are flying off the shelves. What’s wrong with the market that this is what is selling? Is it something wrong with women? Have we been duped into believing that love isn’t enough, that we need fanatical devotion and obsession?