I don’t like cheating in real life. I don’t think people should have affairs, especially if they’re married. I don’t think it’s good even if you’re just dating. I just feel that instead of cheating on your boyfriend or girlfriend, just break up with them!! I know it’s hard, but I just feel that cheating makes things even worse. I have friends who have been cheated on, so I’ve seen the aftermath and it’s awful. Cheating = bad!! I know not everyone feels the same as me, and that’s fine. No worries, no judgment.
Feeling the way I do about cheating in real life, makes it hard for me sometimes to read about cheating in fiction. Not the books where the main character is or has been cheated on and the story is about them picking themselves up and moving on with their life. I don’t have a problem with those. It’s the other books where they make it seem like cheating is okay.
I’ve recently read several books lately where there was that type of cheating aspect. One in particular was really a struggle for me to finish! Don’t want to spoil things, so I won’t be naming the books that I discuss. In this particular book, the main character (female) found out that her husband had to work and wouldn’t be able to go on their family vacation to the happiest place on earth. He just couldn’t get away from work for this vacation that they planned in advance. So, since most everything was non-refundable, she & their 2 small children went on the vacation. She suspects that he may be cheating because apparently he had already before and they’ve been trying to work it out ever since. Anyway, upon arriving at their vacation spot, she runs into her old college sweetheart & his 2 small children vacationing there as well. His wife is a workaholic too, so she was unable to make the trip. They decide to do all the fun family things together – the kids love having new friends. Suddenly the 2 old sweethearts realize that they still have feelings for each other. And their both in bad marriages. And their kids get along so well. They should just be together & become a family of 6. So, then they have adult fun time after the kids go to bed. The book continues on as if that is okay.
THAT IS NOT OKAY!!!!
I really struggled to finish that book!! I don’t believe in cheating, so it made it hard for me to connect with the characters. I just wanted to yell at them. And maybe slap them, LOL! The book continued on like cheating is okay, and since it was a romance, it had a happy ever after ending. I don’t feel like cheating is okay, and I don’t like that the book made it seem that way. What about you, do mind reading about cheating in fiction?
In other similar books that I’ve read recently, the cheating characters aren’t married, but one or both is in a relationship with someone else. The main characters start off as friends and gradually become closer. And closer. It’s that slow progressing love that we all love so much (Faye @ The Social Potato has a great post about that here). You fall in love too and want them to be together – at least until you remember that one or both of them is already in a relationship!!! Then I find myself talking to the characters in the book – “No, no, no, you can’t do that. You have to break up with ______ first!!” I get all conflicted and I don’t like it! Remember, cheating = bad!! But these characters are sooooo right for each other!! Ugh!! Too many feels!!!
be good either. However, in the books where the characters weren’t married, I didn’t struggle as much as I did with the book where the characters were married. I still think it’s wrong, but those other books just had more feeling! Aah, so conflicted!!!
So, what about you – does cheating in fiction bother you?