I remember my ex would criticize my book Amethyst Epiphany because I had several characters that were hybrids like part-vampires and part-fae. One of the underlying and unspoken plot-lines of that novel was that one didn't get to choose whom they fell in love with—the main character Calliope discovers that she is a daughter of a non-human father.
It is a science-fiction novel that I want to resubmit to publishes because I still think of these characters from time to time, and I really loved that world. Not to mention it was to be book one of three.
I kept the "part" characters in because I really think that it is important that fantasy convey some form of reality in them. You really don't choose who you love.
I really didn't understand why the concept bothered him so much. I still don't.
However, I disregarded his criticism because I am the one that knows this series and characters best. I find it a little alarming how opposed some people can be to ideas that don't make sense to them so instead of trying to understand them—they condemn them.
Is it really so hard to open the heart and the mind? I know we all have different perspectives, but that should mean that we're more understanding; not less.
Linda M. Crate is an author, poet, and writer whose works have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines both online and in print. She is the author of the Magic Series and the forthcoming Phoenix Tears. You can find Linda here: https://www.facebook.com/Linda-M-Crate-129813357119547/.