#FaeFriday was created to help fill the hole in Kristy’s life after #FridayFavorites was discontinued. The idea behind this weekly blog prompt is that each Friday will have a bit of magic sparkled on it with a bookish prompt inspired by the Fair Folk! #FaeFriday is the creation of Kristy from Caffeinated Fae! This blog tag would not have been possible without the help & encouragement from Leah at www.leahs-books.com!
The fae are known to have a jealous streak which is why the prompt this week is: What is a book has jealousy as a main theme?
So… I don’t really know about books that have jealousy as a *main* theme, but I have some books that have jealousy as an important part of the story. While I don’t know if this would be considered using jealousy as a plot device or whatever, but I find it really interesting why certain characters are jealous, and what they are jealous about in these stories. So I’ll list some of the ones that I’m thinking about what a brief idea of what one or both of the main characters are jealous of:
- Becoming Alpha by Aileen Erin: Tessa gets UBER JEALOUS when anyone flirts with Dastien but she doesn’t find out why until much, much later in the novel. It was hilarious though seeing her question why she was getting violently jealous over a guy that she didn’t even like – or at least she didn’t think she liked him.
- American Royals by Katharine McGee: Beatrice was jealous at the freedom that her sister Samantha had by not being the heir to the throne; Samantha was jealous that Beatrice got all of the attention from their parents and wasn’t considered America’s screw-up.
- The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar: Nishat was jealous (was it jealousy?) that China and Flavia were able to start a Henna business and it was considered trendy and popular while Nishat’s Henna business was seen as…. less interesting despite Henna actually being a part of Nishat’s culture and heritage. Basically China and Flavia appropriated Nishat’s culture for money and benefited from it.
- An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson: Rook was jealous that Isobel was able to capture emotion in her painting of him, something that made him look vulnerable and weak to the other fae. Also, other fae were jealous of humans of being able to do “human Craft” without destroying themselves so they pay good money to watch humans do their thing… like Isobel paint.
- The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao: Alex was jealous of his sister Faryn because she was deemed the Heaven Breaker and said to save the world instead of him.
Now of course, there may be books out there where the main plot is jealousy related and I just haven’t come across it yet because it’s me and I don’t know about it. But thinking about the prompt, and doing my best to think about some of the more recent novels that I read this year – although wow it feels like some of these books were read last year with the way that 2020 has been going – these were some of the ones that came to mind the quickest.
Now I’d love to hear from you! Have you come across any novels where jealousy is the main plot point or a main theme? What do you feel about jealousy being one of the main themes in a novel? Let’s talk about it!