Tropes: Love to Hate or Hate to Love?
I recently just finished a book, I’ll leave it nameless as there will be spoilers, that had a moment where the two main characters did not use protection. They had been seeing each other and were at the “I love you stage” when they were making out and having such a great time that they didn’t think about it. This moment created some tension and of course the guy suggests that she use the after pill. Sadly, she had many issues with getting pregnant from her past and not being able to control her own future, so she decides not to take the pill and gets pregnant.
This is a good 75% into the book. I loved these characters. I loved the surrounding characters! I wanted more of them and the plot. This gave me some pause though. Was I willing to spend more of my time, probably another hour or two, on a trope that I really dislike? Or did I want to throw caution to the wind, it is a book, and let it slide?
I know how many feel about this particular trope as I have read many discussions and rants about this one. But I do not read a lot of romance so it’s a first for me. Also, I felt like there was enough in the plot, and in her background, to understand her misgivings afterward. Yes, they were stupid not to use protection but we’ve all been there, especially when we’re stupid in love or worse, lust!
So, while I did think it was a hiccup, I continued to read. I was not let down. The author was able to use the plot and characters to fully explain the situation. She decided to keep the baby and it created more havoc but the two main characters loved each other, so it was havoc that seemed worth it. Although, really early in their relationship but she’s coming out with a sequel so I’m very curious how it will go with them.
I’m glad I didn’t put the book down but that doesn’t mean that other authors are able to pull this off. Plus, I felt invested. That much into the book and their relationship, damn it! I wanted to know what happened.
Would you continue reading or are there certain tropes that drive you crazy??