I just want to have a real, no b.s. discussion about this.
Personally, I’m kind of tired of this theme. It’s overused. I understand why people think it’s interesting but I think it’s doing more harm than good. I grew up in rougher areas, some of my family grew up even worse. I’ve seen the firsthand affects of things like this.
I feel like it’s heavily romanticized, which can make younger, impressionable readers seek out that lifestyle or want to get involved someone that’s like that “bad boy” love interest.
Some of these stories seriously downplay the reality of these gangs, mafias, etc. The real life truth is that these actual gangs, MCs, mafias, etc can do terrible things and make people do even worse. It’s definitely not something to mess around with, let alone write love stories about?
And without saying too much (the last thing I want is to offend someone!), I feel like most of the people writing these stories don’t really understand what it’s like to be in any of these situations, therefore they romanticize it based on TV shows, movies, other Episode stories, etc.
I understand that Episode is fiction/fantasy; Where people come to read and write stories about falling in love with princes, dating billionaires, saving the world, etc but idk…I feel like this genre can be especially negative.
Feel free to share ANY opinions you have about this, you don’t have to agree with me to share! All I ask is that we keep it respectful. (And that this doesn’t get flagged, lmao)