Picture it. You buy a new book, go to your fave reading spot with a nice cup of your favorite tea, etc. and start reading. You get totally hooked on the hero or heroine. You're so into them, you can't wait to meet their love interest thinking that this is going to be smoking hot, when it happens. The other hero/heroine makes an appearance and all you can think is, WTH? You convince yourself it's just the beginning, that this character just needs to develop some more, by the end, they'll change and be worthy of the character you loved right from the start.
Or you completely fall for an awesome secondary character and you wait in breathless anticipation for the author to get around to giving them their own story. Surely their hero/heroine is going to be the absolute perfect person, matching them in every way. Wrong!You can't even believe the words on the page. This is the hero, the heroine, the soul mate of my favorite character?!NOOOOO, your mind screams. What is the author thinking? How could they have created such an amazing character and then paired them with this, this, utterly unworthy person. Or worse, when it's not even totally awful, just meh. Like they didn't seem to care enough about this character to even give them a strong partner.
My reading experience is ruined right then. I feel so disappointed, betrayed, that throwing the book against the wall a hundred times doesn't even help. I am so riled, so furious, I vow to never buy another book from the author. It's an affront to my sensibility, to what I hold dear. And a big waste of money and time.
I was inspired to write this because I am currently involved in a story with a truly awesome hero. His love interest, on the other hand, is a complete dud. This guy is so weak-willed, he can't rouse himself to do even the most menial of tasks. I know it's only the beginning and that he'll probably grow and change, but I'm far enough in to be afraid of the outcome. My only option is to read ahead, but I HATE doing that. It's an inviolate rule I have, to let story unfold, but this guy is so bad, I am tempted beyond reason to break my code. And this is an author I can always count on for great characters. It's like he jumped the shark.
Has this ever happened to you? What did you do? Take the book back? Burn it? Write a nasty letter to the author?