||[Nov. 3rd, 2010|09:08 pm]
I hate being cheated out of a satisfying ending to a book. I just read most of Renai senryaku no teigi by Fuyuno Jinko, which was decent until the very last part.
It's about a guy (A) who works at a company that's maneuvering to get out from under the company that used to be its parent and get into a joint venture with a foreign company. At a (worthless) business seminar put on by the ex-parent company, he meets a student (B). They end up sleeping together. B "moves in" with A for a while, until one day he disappears. He reappears as the grandson of the ex-parent company's founder at the meeting where the main character's company tries to cut ties with the ex-parent company. Of course A feels betrayed. Turns out, though, that B, a higher up in A's company, and the guy who used to work at A's company who'd years ago joined the foreign company (C) had hatched a secret plan to work together. C also was A's superior who'd taught him a whole lot, but had also been A's first man. C had been married with child at the time, and they'd broken up when C left the company to join the foreign one. C comes to see A after the announcement of grand plan and explains that he'd known B since he was a little kid and had taught him business from waaay back when. He knows B has somehow hurt A but wants A to give B a chance. B's had a hard life, after all. And has always wanted to get to know A. (Like that excuses B's behavior *gags*)
What just drove me bonkers was that A decides right away that he'd actually deeply hurt B by rejecting him after finding out about B's actual identity. It's too easy. A HAS EVERY RIGHT TO BE MAD AND HURT. B knew who A was! B knew that he'd eventually show up as the "enemy!" He did some crappy supposed to be romantic "Romeo and Juliet loved each other not because they were Capulet and Montague but because they had fallen in love with each other as people" spiel before disappearing, but that just makes me want to spit at him. Ugh Ugh Ugh. Yeah, I get that he loves A. I get that A loves B. I get that it turns out that B wasn't the enemy. But he'd hidden very important info about himself from A! I want B to be sorry! He wasn't after the big reveal (I hadn't betrayed you! *forces A to kiss*) and since A is now all "I'm the crappy terrrible person!!" and is all "I want to see B!" after realizing that he'd erased B's phone number from his cell, I can't even read the last bit when B shows up and they kiss and make up. Because B needs to realize he'd hurt A and apologize a lot for me to be in any way satisfied.
Yes, I haven't read the last several pages. I got too disgusted.
Extenuating circumstances DO NOT excuse B's behavior in my eyes. Neither does "true love."
Fuyuno Jinko can be such a crappy author. Why do I keep reading her stuff? ;_;