Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Stalked


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements.
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I've been doing a lot of rereading lately. And I'm kind of out of ideas. So, today I'm going to borrow from one of the books I've been rereading. . . 

First, suppose you have a stalker. What if that stalker tried to pass themselves off as your boyfriend/girlfriend? And in this case, I'm going to specify that this person has some of your friend group convinced. If you're married, this may be even more problematic. 

15 comments:

  1. I can only imagine the stress of having to deal with such unwanted attention. Not having all friends and family believe me about the situation would be the worst.

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    1. It made for a good story. (I wanted to throw away her entire family, for what kind of family doesn't believe you on something like this?)

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  2. Now that would be a mindtwisting nightmare.

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  3. I could see that happening for a celebrity. The stalker conveniently positions him/herself in a place where the celebrity can meet him/her and develop a relationship. Kind of scary!

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    1. Oh yeah, this guy was clever. Evil, but clever.

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  4. Knowing my friends, they would ask me and tell me what he is doing. He would also have to contend with my husband and he would be a fool if he stayed around.

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    1. In the story, he was a fool. And evil. You have some good friends. The MC's friends weren't all that (hence why they believed him, I think).

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  5. It gives me chills just to think of it.

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  6. I am reading a book similar to this plot called the Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarity. Former girlfriend stalking ex boyfriend who is involved with a hypnotist. Its not going well for the stalker but I have about 25% more of the book to read. I would involve the police a lot sooner than the people in the book did and try to get a restraining order. If the stalker tried to convince people they were in a romantic relationship that would even involve the police sooner than later!

    betty

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  7. My daughter had a stalker in h.s. and it was awful. He told everyone she was his girlfriend and even started to ride the same bus. Needless-to-say, this Italian mama handled that whole situation quickly. I couldn't believe how many of my daughter's friends believed this nut job.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear you were on her side. In the book I read, the MC's parents didn't believe her, and that was just the worst.

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