When I was single, I wasn’t sure I was ever going to find a man that I wanted to live with for the rest of my life, because so many of the men I met were irritating. And other people’s relationships often looked irritating as well.
Perhaps that’s why I like fiction so much.
However, one of the deal breakers for me would be to have a man telling me what to do. I am a very independent soul — I didn’t realize that until I started dating. I try to be giving and nurturing, but the minute someone tells me that I have to be giving or takes my generosity as a right — it’s time for me to hit the road. Accordingly, I don’t like fiction where the men boss women around. That’s a fictional deal breaker for me.
Oops. Unless it’s Shakespeare and Taming of the Shrew. The versions I like best give the impression that Petruchio has taught Katharine to “play nice” but that she will still be able to express herself in private.
But even with an exception for Taming, the love stories I like best end with a marriage of equals.
What are your deal breakers?