My Harlequin History
Years ago, when I was in the middle of recapping The Vampire Diaries and desperately wanted to be done recapping The Vampire Diaries, I came up with the idea of rereading the Harlequins I’d owned as a tween/teenager (ages ~9 to 18) and seeing if they had any influence on the choices I’d made in my relationships. I collected the books through various means (eBay, used bookstores, PaperBackSwap, an antique store even), and read them all through. I found that some still held up today and some were terribly abusive and didn’t even know it. Meanwhile, I got slower and slower with my recaps, and it was five years before I finished recapping all four books–the last year of which I believe was spent ignoring the last two chapters. Now I can move on.
Note: My Harlequin History will contain triggers, including my person history, which contains rape and sexual assault.