I was recommended Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman by one of my longtime tumblr friends, on the premise that it is a play about stalking that, unlike the travesties that we saw on Goodreads a couple of weeks ago, did not romanticize stalking in the slightest but instead chilled her when she saw it performed. Because it is a play.
This is what I was looking for when I wanted to read things about stalking. Not “oh I’m being stalked but I kind of like it” or “oh I’m being stalked here is A Handsome Man to protect me,” straight-up “this is a story about how horrible stalking is everyone look out stalkers are awful.” I mean, not that this should really need explained, but given the romanticization of abuse and rape culture that we’ve been talking about… yeah. I just wanted to find one thing that wasn’t going to do that.
And boy, was this recommendation on the nose. It’s the kind of thing you read and your initial reaction is sometimes “this seems really unsubtle” but then you take a step back and go “no, this is actually really familiar.” The guy who can’t take no for an answer, who goes from zero to sixty overnight, who feels entitled to female attention and will do anything increasingly horrible and violent things if they don’t get it. The other guy who watches this and feels really bad but goes about expressing this in a wrong way. The woman who, in her attempt to be supportive of the other woman, frames everything from a standpoint of “what you can do not to get stalked,” not “what the world can do to stop stalkers.”
The storyline is very straightfoward, and not in a bad way; it’s not about a magical solution, it’s about dealing with what you’ve got and everyone else around you just learning what not to do or what to put a stop to. It’s fascinating in its realism.
–your fangirl heroine.