Today’s Misdemeanor: Stalking
Boy meets Girl. Boy follows Girl. Boy can’t get Girl out of his head. Boy starts showing up where the girl is supposed to be….obvious places…like her bedroom. Sound familiar?
I think the worst ‘stalker moment’ I had while under the influence of puberty pool molecules was calling up cute boys and hanging up as soon as they answered. Thankfully this was before the invention of caller ID.
And I myself have never been stalked by a handsome devil in black who will stop at nothing to have me (much to my dismay). But perhaps that’s what makes the literary ‘stalker’ so appealing…
While stalking has been debated about with recent YA titles like ‘Twilight’ and ‘Hush Hush’- It’s actually been used to create romantical (yes, I’m totally making up that word) tension throughout the ages.
Romeo sees Juliette and goes a little nuts. He throws rocks at her window, convinces her- not only to get married against her parents' will, but to down some poison to knock her out dead for a few days so they could be together. Looked at it this way, it all sounds a bit psycho. But Shakespeare’s play remains one of the most romantic stories in history.
'Crazy Man Behavior' (or what I like to refer to as 'CMB') shows up in a myriad of novels, genres, and scenarios. Many people can’t make heads nor tails of it. Shouldn’t the female mc’s be a little freaked out? How can they find this ‘I will have you’ attitude appealing?
As for myself, ahem, I’ll be honest. I think it’s kind of flattering when the dark brooding hottie goes after the mc with everything he’s got—social norms be dammed!
What do you think about stalking behavior in literature? Crazy romantic? Or just plain crazy?
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