Unfortunately, it’s not good. My frowny-face deepened after the second episode of Gu Family Book. And it’s causing me to nitpick a story that doesn’t stand up to it, and in all fairness shouldn’t stand up to it. (It’s a mini-tragedy for goodness sake! A plot that exists solely to cause the actual plot! It’s not fair to nitpick!) But…
The problem is our main lead (for the mini-tale — mother of our future lead), became very unsympathetic for me. She’d kind of teetered that way in the first episode in that everyone around her died to keep her from being raped. Worse, they were younger than her and, in my opinion, her responsibility to keep safe (her little brother and her maid). It made her seem a little too Miss Precious Perfect at times. Though I’d remind myself, she never asked for their sacrifice and made her choices thinking she was protecting them. (She sent her brother off on his own because she thought she was about to get caught, being injured and all. And she certainly didn’t expect Dam’s fate.)
But then came the second episode where she rejects her husband because he outs his beast-side… to save her life! I can kind of understand her freakout initially (but only kinda’ because seriously he’d been doing a lot of freaky, “this guy can’t be completely natural,” things around her, like catching butterflies in a bag and making ivy grow in super fast forward) — but to actively betray him to the people he’d just saved her from? I began to disconnect from her confusion.
Because seriously, who’d you trust more?
And then, after he’s killed while reemphasizing his sincere love for her, she realizes she’s pregnant. So of course she tries to kill the baby. Multiple times. While being very screechy and woe’s-me about the whole thing. Which was just one more rejection towards this guy who’d saved her several times and whom she’d claimed to love. Which had me counting up the number of people who’d died to keep her safe and wondering why she was worth it.
I don’t know. I was unhappy. Maybe I’m too weaned on Buffy the Vampire Slayer to fully appreciate the shock of finding out your true love’s a monster, but — the girl did not impress. And I’d honestly be dropping the show at this point except… her story is over. And I feel like I should give the actual main characters a shot at regaining my interest.
I’m going in with crossed arms though — which is probably unfair, but there you are.