One thing that always annoys me in any Chuck story is a Chuck/Sarah story that places the blame for any faults the couple may have at the feet of one party. This is also true of people who criticize the show, but it's especially prevelant in fics. And who "enjoys" the lion's share of this blame usually? Well it's Sarah, of course. And that makes Wep angry.
So there is a very specific type of author that writes the stories I'm complaining about today. Generally, they are written by males that seem to have some fixation with the idea that Chuck can't be the Chuck we've always known on the show, and that women should apparently serve some kind of service role to men. That Sarah's character is only allowed to be there for Chuck, and that Chuck is some saint that can do whatever he pleases.
Perhaps that's overstating it a bit, but not by much.
So what's the typical plot of these stories? Here's a breakdown:
-Story generally happens some time in season 2
-Sarah usually has a fling with Bryce, or Cole
-The author states clearly that somehow, Sarah having a sexual relationship with someone who is not Chuck is in some way her "wronging" him (completely ignoring how Chuck was the only one with a confirmed sexual relationship during S2, with Jill, but they don't consider Sarah to have been wronged)
-Chuck gets angry, internalizes said anger, and generally becomes a bitter, and loathsome person
-He meets up with a new romantic interest, one who is weak, and has no real purpose other than to be Chuck concubine
-Sarah will eventually admit that she's somehow wronged Chuck (which I still don't get. I don't blame Chuck for Jill, but I wouldn't have blamed Sarah for sleeping with Bryce, or even Cole during S2. It's not like she was in a relationship with Chuck or anything).
-Depending on the author, Chuck will either forgive her (again, I don't know why she has anything to be forgiven for, but these authors apparently think so), or he won't, and he'll completely move on
It's all kind of formulaic at this point. One of these stories will pop up at least 2 or 3 times a month, and as time goes on, I just have to roll my eyes. Seriously guys? It's always Chuck that was wronged? Sarah never gets to feel wronged when Chuck acts out harshly against her, basically for nothing? It's never brought up how Sarah must have felt wronged when Jill rolled into town, and Chuck couldn't keep it in his pants for two minutes? *sighs* Sometimes I feel ashamed to be a guy.