Ever love someone so much that you would kill for them? How about manipulate them so they start to get isolated?
Cause that is some crazy S*** right there.
However, in our watching a reading I find that these kind of manipulative romances are a huge draw for readers (*cough cough Twilight). And that is 100% okay! Reading about it and saying that it is healthy are two different things.
To get to the point one of my favorite Webtoons recently is “My Deepest Secret.” It is about a guy named Elios who will do anything for his girlfriend Emma.
See here Emma things he is being hyperbolic…
Now this is were sometimes stories make me feel like I am crazy. I read this webtoon and I LIKE Elios. I like this guy who is manipulating her to be alone and hurting others for her. Does this mean I want a sociopath boyfriend? No, it does not.
I like the story. I like his character. In real life this would be a run for the hills situation. But Emma doesn’t know this yet. She doesn’t know what he is doing and only the reader does.
This is something the writer really does well. We can feel frustrated at Emma and yell at our screen for her to get out but she doesn’t see it. She only sees the side of him that cares about her.
I think that is something we need to remember when we want to judge others to harshly. When you are in that situation of manipulation you really don’t see it.
When she sees this Elios is just a kind caring boyfriend. When we see it we think “Oh god he is gonna kill someone.”
I think my point is that stories like this are great when they are just stories. I think there is a fine line to walk when we romanticize abusive relationships. I think it is harder to see the manipulation sometimes. I didn’t think Edward in Twilight was manipulated the first time I read it as a young woman. Now as an adult my brain screams “Warning Warning Danger!”
However, like I said before there is nothing wrong with enjoying it as a story. Hopefully in your life relationships like this just stay in the story and not in your real life.
I think this post got away from me a bit. I didn’t want it to be a discouragement to read this webtoon. I really want you to! I think it is a great story with great characters! It is very thrilling and honestly every week I’m frustrated since I want to find out what happens!
I just also find it fascinating that I find this character sympathetic. Which is honestly… Hats off to the writer. If you can make me love a killer… Well, you did your job.
This scene didn’t hurt either.
Since I’m shallow like that 😉
In the end this is an interesting story and I think we are all waiting for the ball to drop when Emma finds out who Elios really is…
(Warning: This webtoon has harm happen to an animal at the start, just to warn you. That was hard for me to read).