I’m a sucker for stories with romance in them, and also stories that confront mental health issues, but there are some combinations of those two things that are just…ehhh.
Like when mental illnesses becomes almost an attractive quality to the guy, and the more tragedy happens or has happened to the girl the better, if that makes sense?
(Or the roles could be reversed, doesn’t have to be the girl who struggles! I actually think there’s not enough attention on guys who struggle with, for example, eating disorders. It just seems like this type of story more often has a female protagonist.)
It’s one thing to just really want to help someone through it, I get that — and those are the kinds of stories I like! Where the partner stands by them and supports them but understands that there are things they need to work through for themselves.
But when a romantic partner just swoops in and magically makes everything okay…idk. I don’t like it when there’s this vibe that it’s inherently cool or romantic to be “fixable.”
Maybe that’s a sensitive topic…I’m not trying to say to not write a character who struggles with mental illness. There are also a lot of stories that do a really good job presenting these issues, and it’s a topic that can be really powerful if done right!