When did emotionally abusive relationships become the new normal in Science Fiction? I keep running into storylines where the male lead "proves" his love for the female lead by continuing to pursue her after she has lied to him repeatedly and deliberately done things to drive him away.

Is that what constitutes a Prince Charming these days, a high tolerance for psychological torment? Maybe I'm just jaded, but the first time a potential partner plays some kind of head game to see if I am really devoted, I'm out the door.

I keep running into stories where I know that I am supposed to be wondering "will the good guy get the girl?" but instead I'm thinking, "why on Earth is he attracted to this psycho?"
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