You know the worst thing about this new introduction of "Daniel is asexual" beyond asexual not being the same thing as 'not able or interested in falling in love?' Because this "love interest" is introduced to the MC's life at nearly 2/3rds of the way through the book. Up to this point, he was mentioned in passing, but completely ignored by the MC and only introduced NOW because she's mad at her ACTUAL love interest. So he's brought in, there is no build to their relationship since it's done through narrator skipping over 2 weeks of time telling us they bonded, and then it's stated that he cannot fall in love -- which means there is no risk of hurt feelings when Leo selfishly agrees to a marriage she's uninterested in and then breaks it of in 50 pages or less... This character was made this way not for any reason other than to remove the consequence of HURTING someone by USING them for maybe 50 pages... and then dumping him and he'll go, "eh, no hard feelings. We just had a business arrangement." Authors, if your characters have ZERO stakes and no consequences for their decisions, they are not compelling to read. #amreading #TheStarsWeSteal #AlexaDonne #AuthorTube #Writingcommunity
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