One of the things I mentioned last week is that I’m falling down on reading books to review here. I basically haven’t read any urban fantasy for a few weeks, and the reason for that is pretty much the same as the reason I write it: most urban fantasy these days is full of horrible people treating each other badly. I have picked up several books lately that sounded great from the description— interesting characters, exciting plot— but the interaction between the characters was so negative that I couldn’t stick with it.
In one case some manipulative parents actually had me punching the wall in frustration and man do I regret that. I had to get an ice pack. And I did not finish that book.
No genre is immune to people treating each other badly, and it’s difficult to tell it’s coming from a blurb or description. And honestly it’s not a terrible way to set up a character’s life if that’s what’s necessary to get the story rolling, so I can’t argue that it’s absolutely the worst, but as a reader, I really need to find my reading material more hopeful. I need to see people making friends and allies rather than losing them. There are books out there that skirt the issue, slightly. Like Dead Man. It’s a good book, I won’t lie, but at the end of it, Cisco still alone and lacking answers because nobody will talk to him.
Real life is too harsh, especially right now, for me to want to immerse myself in poor behavior and bad manners. I’m not looking for rainbows and flowers at all times, but at least, for the love of storytelling, let the main character have some loyal friends, please?