You know those companion novels that feature different girls in the same world/clique/friend group? The ones where the girl finds some insanely hot, brooding guy and either he changes her or she changes him and they fall in love.
Then you read book two and it’s the EXACT SAME THING but with the girl’s best friend.
Then you read book three and it’s the EXACT SAME THING but with the best friend’s lab partner.
Then you read book four and it’s the EXACT SAME THING but with the girl that the first guy’s best friend has his eye on.
You see where I’m going with this?
I have a love/hate relationship with those series. Usually I read book one and I love it to death. And in the end, I find myself craving more. I want another book about the best friend. So then I read that book and I love it too. Once again, I find myself wanting more. But I think book three or four is often where things get iffy. By that point, I notice the repetition. I start to notice how absurd it all is.
- Every single girl finds a RIDICULOUSLY HOT guy with the best six pack ever and that V thing that’s going on below them.
- The girl usually sits there all lame and like, “Ahmaygawd how does this super duper hot guy love me???? Derp.”
- Either the guy or the girl (sometimes both) has some SUPER MAJOR ISSUES that need to be worked out.
- They have intense sex all night long, every day.
And you know when it feels most ridiculous? When they all get together for some party or hangout and everywhere you look there’s HOT GUY, PERFECT GIRL; HOT GUY, PERFECT GIRL; HOT GUY, PERFECT GIRL.
And every time the narrator describes them, it’s literally like:
“Guy #1 is such a hot guy. He has the most incredible abs. He could have any girl he wants.”
“Guy #2 has the most intense eyes. He can make any girl wet just by looking at them.”
“Guy #3 has these rock-solid biceps. Every girl fawns over him, but he only wants Girl #3.”
I’ve read through paragraphs like that in more than one book. They just go down a line describing how insanely hot each guy is and how they could have anyone, but they only want one girl. And I’m like, “Dude, I just read the same thing three times.”
How do they all end up in the same situation?
I guess it just starts to get laughable to me how every girl in a group of friends goes through the same thing and lands a variation of the same guy.
If you read one or two books on their own, they can be fantastic reads. But when you read all of them in a row, you can start to see how absurd it is. They all seem to go through the same “life changing experience”, meet the same kind of guy who changes his ways and rocks their world, and they’re introduced to mountains of hot sex.
These books start to become such cookie cutters. They rehash the exact same plot and love interest, but with different characters.
As I said before, I often love these series up until a certain point. I think it’s important that the author (and publisher) know when to stop. I guess the problem is, I bet they make a lot of money even if they do get significantly worse, so both parties don’t necessarily want to stop.