Forget romance. Here's why we need more badass single protagonists in fiction
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Valentine's Day inevitably means the inevitable onslaught of coupledom, dine in meals for two, soppy cards, everything being centred around people in love. Naturally for those of us who are single, the onslaught of love can be a bit much to take especially when it seems that "coupled up and in love" is the only choice shown to us, particularly in fiction.
Image: Nicholas R. AndrewThere is already such a societal pressure to be coupled up, as if the only way that you are worth something is if you are part of a pair, and this pressure is reflected in the books we read. Almost every book I've ever read has some sort of romance at the centre, it's thought to be this universal theme that everyone can relate to. Except that's not entirely true. Not everyone can relate to being in a couple, in fact, I would argue that singledom is a more relatable experience, since whilst everyone who has been in a relationship has at one point been single, not everyone who is single has been in a relationship.
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