OK, does anyone else feel like the storyline for majority of the vampire/werewolf romance stories on Wattpad are the same? Characteristically speaking, the female protagonist is always the epitome of weak (physically and mentally), reckless and plain stupid and is alone in the world for one reason of another sometimes even due to the actions of the male protagonist, the ‘Vampire King’ or ‘Alpha Werewolf’ who is always bad-tempered, reserved, powerful, and fierce such that he doesn’t show any emotion other than anger.
First off, she is either rejected by her family and sent away and then kidnapped by vampires who sell her into slavery to a vampire ‘King’, or is caught on an ‘Alpha’s’ territory while looking for somewhere to go and is subsequently taken as prisoner, or a King/Alpha takes her as a sole prisoner to their lands after ordering the slaughter of her whole family or whatever. In any case, she is alone and in surroundings that she doesn’t know and the author does the most to emphasize that.
So circumstances cause the girl to meet this powerful and supernatural guy and they are immediately attracted to each other, I mean they are both society’s (and the author’s) idea of perfectly attractive people: he’s ripped and has cool facial hair, and she’s slim and curvy (not an ounce of body fat in the ‘wrong place’) and has wavy hair or whatever. The two of them are exposed to each other in such a way so that don’t know anything about each other, and never have the opportunity to get to know one another, yet they develop very intense affections towards each other while also not liking each other at all. But remember, the guy doesn’t show this, in fact he generally treats her quite poorly and in a lot of stories there are situations where initially at least, he even physically attacks her. Yet after all this, the girl is ‘in love’ with him.
Now the storylines are so similar, that it seems to be the case that they even share sentences and phrases: ‘He had bright blue/green/golden orbs and blahblahblah…’ and the vampire king for some reason is always called Damien. But aside from being poorly written, these stories portray a very immature idea of what it is to love someone else. Their attraction to each other is never based on anything that makes ‘love’ what it is, like trust, loyalty, respect or any other factors that determine a whether a person is a good partner, and at no point in the story does anything occur that would cause the two to have to demonstrate these things to each other, and the whole ‘courtship’ process is non-existent. Two know nothing about each other and yet in a very short amount of time the girl is ready to spend the rest of her life with this guy even after only knowing that he is largely responsible for all the horrible things that have happened to her.
And what’s more is the reaction of majority the female readers in the comments – they constantly support the ‘relationship’ even when his actions constantly show that they shouldn’t. it worries me that so many people think that a relationship like this demonstrates love, and while they may truly love each other in the author’s mind, it cannot be assumed unless there is sufficient evidence available in the story. But then maybe by him showing a general lack of care for her well-being, and her showing a lack of sense to know not to fall for someone who cares nothing for her (and constantly proves himself unworthy of her affection), the book demonstrates the author’s idea of true love, in any case, I’ve just finished reading my very last ‘romance’ novel on Wattpad today.