J is for Jealousy
Ah yes, jealousy: that green-eyed monster. What kind of love story would I be telling if jealousy didn't factor in at all?
A pretty dull one, I think.
After all, jealousy is one of those strange, precious literary gems: a vicious, corrosive emotion we hate to feel in our own lives, but one that we love to read about our characters struggling with. Because it's human, and so very real, and highly incendiary when tossed on a pile of blazing love-denied/love-forbidden/love-rejected plot embers.
I haven't worked out all of the details yet - or, ok, fine, most of the details; this is a work in progress, after all - but I already know that jealousy is going to be the death (perhaps literally, at least as far as the participants are concerned) of one love affair, and the reason another one never happens at all - and therefore a reason for the characters to suffer from yet another corrosive literary gem: regret.
|Creepy, isn't it? Thanks to http://cher-homespun.blogspot.com/2011/10/firewater-friday-jealousy-is-all-fun.html for the image...|
I love that image: it's just as tangled and fierce and even diseased as jealousy often feels. I might have to keep it on my desktop as I write...