Here’s one of those discussions that’s entirely subjective. There’s no right or wrong answer, there’s no “popular opinion”. It’s just a thing to chat about really.
Near enough every single book to exist has a romance in it somewhere.
So I’m asking you today…
What’s your opinion of romance in books?
Honestly? A bit half and half.
In general, I don’t like romance stories. I’m not one of those girls who swoons easily, instead I cringe. And it’s the main reason why I don’t read that much contemporary compared to fantasy. I just can’t deal with cringe.
But here’s the thing. When it’s romance within a fantasy story, I love it. I’ll ship all the couples and fangirl over them. And the difference? It’s not the main focus of the story. There’s nearly always some bigger problem in the world, or something else to focus on. And I like that much more. Because when a story is entirely focused on the main character worrying about their love life…that just feels odd to me. There’s so many other things to worry about, and having someone focus their entire day, every day, around one person…that doesn’t sound healthy to me. I know love can make everything revolve around that person, but you need to be your own person too.
No no no no no no no.
I don’t think so at all.
Again, life shouldn’t revolve around finding another person. You be your own person, you don’t have to rely on someone else. So I don’t believe that every single story needs a romance to be just as powerful.
It just shows how common it is for romances to be included, when books without it are advertised as “having no romance”. The fact that it needs to be pointed out kind of proves that we all expect it somewhere. And those books without it feel like rare fossils. I’ll clamber over my ridiculously-large-avalanche-style TBR to grab that book with both hands just because it’s something difference. It’s a nice break.
Again, sometimes I do enjoy romance, and I only have a problem with it when it’s full on cringe-worthy. But no, I don’t think it’s necessary to make a great story.
So now it’s your turn!
What do you think of romance in books?
Do you love it? Hate it? Does it make you cringe?
Does it depend on the story?
Do you love romance stories, or prefer to read about romance under another genre like fantasy/SciFi/Dystopia/Historical Fiction?
Does a book with no romance intrigue you any more than one with it?
Join the discussion in the comments!
Also, if you have any suggestions or topics you want to see in one of these discussion posts, please leave a comment! I’m brainstorming new discussion ideas and could really use your input!
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