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I'd imagine that for some people, it goes hand-in-hand with coming of age narratives. I, personally, am not one of those people - I would be happier if it wasn't included. I just find it a bit off-putting and unnecessary.
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Ariely 20 wrote: 19 Apr 2020, 15:31 I think it was for shock value as well as character development. It is a good thing the writer didn't take it very far, it would have been a turn-off.
I believe it was definitely for shock value, but I am not so sure if it checks the "character development" box. For me, if an element of a story can be completely removed but the story is unaffected in any way, the element is unnecessary.
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A dangerous choice for any author. I think it would cause a lot of people to stop reading but if it's integral to the plot and written well I guess it makes sense. It does make me uncomfortable I can't lie. Big downside for me.
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Yeah, it did feel like that bit was added to make Adam more of a compelling character, like more black paint for his canvas. I was really relieved when it was explained away as a supernatural attraction, but I still feel like the story could have done without that bit.
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ayoomisope wrote: 25 Apr 2020, 21:16 I believe it was definitely for shock value, but I am not so sure if it checks the "character development" box. For me, if an element of a story can be completely removed but the story is unaffected in any way, the element is unnecessary.
That's a very insightful way to put it. I agree with you that the story didn't need it. Therefore, it was added for nothing more than cheap shock value.
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The concept of a teen boy having an obsessive love for his mother did not appeal to me. While, I could have skimmed it over because it is something that happens in the real world, the way Calix Leigh-Reign wrote about it was not my cup of tea. Adam's relationship with his parents in the first half of the novel was entirely unhealthy and hard for me to read. I feel that her explanation for why Adam was so "attached" to his mother and jealous of his father was disappointing and fell short in many different ways. It made me feel like she just wanted a something plausible to sweep up all of Adam's faults under a rug and start accelerating his sudden character development. To be honest, I was very disappointed that the family conflict was resolved the way it was. It felt very lackluster and as if there was very little effort put into thinking of another, more resolute way.
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I agree the beginning of the book was difficult to read. I had mixed emotions towards the end when Dauma explained it was the youth serum given to his mother that caused his inappropriate thoughts. On one hand, I was happy Adam had a reason for his behavior because it made me forgive him easier, but on the other it just seemed too convenient and allowed the book to gloss over the issue altogether.
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I'm actually happy this wasn't pursued further because it honestly would have been disturbing.
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It was an important part for Adam in knowing who he was. I didn't particularly like it but I have to admit it was essential for the plot.
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I think it doesn't add to the plot but it is important in Adam's character development as the story unfolds.
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I personally couldn't finish this book. I found this whole Adam loving his mother thing to be extremely creepy and prevented. Though I do feel that it was important for the story. If they didn't have this part in the book, then it wouldn't show how demented Adam was. Though I feel like I don't need to read a book about this I see how it helps the story.
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It was an uncomfortable read. I think it was included to add dimension to Adam. Though I think it can be achieved through less awkward means.
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I think that apart from it being added to the story for shock value, it also added to the story line. Because it's such an uncommon narrative in a young adult book, it obviously drew the readers attention and made the reader want to continue reading to know what would happen next. But there was also a very reasonable explanation as to why Adam felt the way he did.
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I think it served both purposes. It added enough shock value to keep readers' interested enough to continue reading. But it was also well explained later on as to why Adam felt the way he did.
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Ever_Reading wrote: 02 Feb 2020, 01:55 I'm finding it rather strange and can't possibly figure out why it's important to the plot. I am not yet done with the book, so maybe my view on it will change. But for now, I remain skeptical for sure. :eusa-think:
I agree. I always find this Oedipus complex stuff disturbing.
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