So, I’m reading this story where the MC has four potential love interests to choose from, and in the latest episode, you can choose which ones you want to go out with. Three of them are very charming, and one was a jerk when the MC first met him, but then later he apologized. Anyway, I chose that guy because I’m interested in seeing how their relationship develops and if he learns to be more empathetic upon leaving the sheltered bubble he grew up in. I just think that there’s more opportunity for character development with this guy than with the other three. So last night, I posted a screenshot of their date on my Instastory.
This morning, I saw an author that I follow (who also reads this story) post on her Instastory: “If you choose (that particular character) as a love interest, your mother is a %&/$.” Now, since this author doesn’t follow me, I don’t think she saw my Instastory post, but regardless, I was extremely disturbed by her comment and appalled that someone would make that kind of comment just because a reader chose the love interest that everyone loves to hate.
What does everyone think about this? Have you ever chosen an unpopular love interest in a story? Have you ever encountered comments such as this regarding a fictional character?