Sunday, November 17, 2013

Behind the Story...The Appeal of Evil

My mind has a tendency to wander.  If given half a chance, I'll stare off into space and let my thoughts take me where they may.  One day, I was thinking about teen love and the process girls go through to find a boyfriend.  It was because of the Twilight series and Stephen King and the fact that he doesn't like the series and hasn't been quiet about it.  Technically, Stephen King probably shouldn't like these books.  They weren't written for him.  They were written for teenage girls.  He shouldn't be able to relate to what Bella is going through.  If he can relate to the experiences of a teenage girl, I'd be a little worried.  And curious.

As these thoughts were swirling through my head, I started to wonder why Bella found Edward so charming.  Why was she drawn to his "bad boy" attitude?  That thought then ventured into the idea that girls and women always seem to be drawn to the bad boy.  There is this idea that we can change them, make them better, and it is socially acceptable to get emotionally hurt going after this "noble" cause.

I smirked inwardly.  Why is this all right?  Why do nice guys always finish last?  What happens if the guy you're going after is really, truly evil, like from the pits of Hell?  What would happen then?

The light bulb clicked on, and I decided to explore that notion.  As a teenager, we know so very little about what it means to be in love or what it really takes to make a relationship work.  However, we have to start somewhere and learn and grow.  Katie is simply trying to figure out what it means to be in love.  She wants to be the center of someone's world, their reason for existing, and she wants to feel that way about someone else.  Haven't we all been there at one point in time?  Maybe at some point we found that with someone who was completely wrong for us.  But we were told that we could change them.  We were told we could make them better.

And, more than likely, we probably tried.  Maybe we were successful.  Maybe we weren't.  But along the way, we learned something about ourselves and love.  The bad boy can be incredibly appealing, especially when he's viewed as a challenge.  But "good" guys can be just as challenging, and the other point of the story is that "good" and "bad" aren't always clear cut and easy to recognize.  There are gray areas; ones that are confusing and full of hurt.  How do you cope with those?  The Appeal of Evil tries to answer those questions.

Katie wants to invest her heart and soul in love, but she may lose both to Hell.

Katie, a senior in high school, is torn between loving the “good” guy, her childhood friend Wes who makes promises he doesn’t keep and abandons her when she needs him the most, and the “bad” guy, the new kid at school, Josh, who is also a real demon from Hell. Katie wants someone who pays attention to her and puts her first, but what is she willing to give up to find him?

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