Saturday, June 15, 2013

Book Girls Don't Cry - To Romance Or Not


Happy Saturday everyone!! I know you probably missed us last week, but not to worry! Book Girls is back! This weeks topic is what we think about romance in YA suggested Leigh of Little Book Star. Is romance overdone? Does it really need to be in so many books? Well, I will tell you what I think.

Other Book Girls Posts This Week

(Giselle didn't post this week so the link is just to her blog)
 
So I was going to do a vlog, but then I got lazy and now I have to figure out a way to ramble in a blog post. Okay, is romance always something we need in YA books? I don't think so. I have read a few books that actually don't have romance at all. I can't really think of any off the top of my head, but I know I have. I think that romance is something that we all want, so it's great to read about. Those perfect kisses that make you swoon, or the sweet line that the love interest delivers. Yeah, I can hear you all sighing now. I know you are thinking of your favorite book boyfriends. 
 
When Romance Doesn't Work

I admit, I'm a sucker for romance. I read a lot of it. I seek it out, but sometimes it just doesn't fit the story. Like dude, there are literally zombies chasing you and you're barely surviving. Probably not the best time for romance. A quickie before you get your brains munched? Sure, but if you die in the process that's your own fault. Then there are the romances in Middle Grade books. Honestly, I don't know if it's just me, but when I was 12 I wasn't interested in boys at all. Sure, I had friends, but I wanted to climb trees and play tag, not hold hands or make out. I just find that romance in MG books is a bit awkward. I suppose a little hand holding isn't bad, but none of that drama shit! Lastly, does every paranormal book have to have the MC falling for whatever the paranormal being is? You can't hunt demons or vampires or whatever without automatically falling for one? I do enjoy paranormal romance, but does every single one have to have a romance? Can't we just have a kick ass story about whatever the end goal is without getting all googly eyed and love struck. 

When Romance Does Work

I rarely will hate a romance. Like I said, I love them, but I really love when the couple are friends first and fall into a romance. Or it can be people who just meet, but actually get to know each other first. Start to slowly fall for one another. I think that's the sweetest. I also really love rekindled romance. As long as it didn't fall apart for some unforgivable reason, I am always about a couple who has been apart falling in love all over again. 

I guess I don't really have a lot to say on this topic. I thought I could ramble for a while, but I'm done. I don't want to bore you guys! What are your thoughts on romance? Is it a take it or leave it type thing for you, or do you want it in most of what you read? Let me know what you think in the comments. Also, is there any books you've read without notable romance you would recommend? I know I've read some, but not a lot. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!

17 comments:

  1. I totally agree with this post, Amy! It really depends on the circumstances that the romance happens under, but not ALL YA books need it; it's just become so common that most authors do use it as a plot device, too. And I never really fully made the connection between paranormal books, but I totally agree with the fact that most protagonists do fall in love with a person of the opposite...creature? Species? Fantastic points!

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    1. Ugh! Right? Why is there like always romance in paranormal? Like I said, it's not that I don't like it, but is it always necessary?

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  2. I think we feel pretty much the same on this. I'm down w/ romance, as long as it makes sense.

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    1. Yes! I love romance, but I don't think it's always needed.

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  3. I love romance in general but I love the Middle Grade genre better for the reason that the romance isn't as dominate or really gradual. Even better- there's none.

    Great post, Amy! I agree with everything you said there. And us lazy people rule! <33

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    1. Exactly! I don't really mind a little romance in upper MG, but I love good MG books because most of the time they don't have it and if they do it's just a mention here and there, not the whole storyline. Hehe!! Lazy for the win!!

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  4. We basically feel the same. Not a fan of intsa-love either. I do think that being in love and loving someone have different meanings and to say I love you has a different meaning than I'm falling in love with you. So.. it bothers me when characters love each other after two weeks or something. Sometimes even less. What can I do though.. Nothing. Just exept the fact that we're all different and if I don't like it and don't feel like the romance is natural, then I'm just going to give your book a lower rating. That's just that. Great discussion though!

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    1. A rushed romance or unbelievable romance will always make me like a book less. I know that the books are fictional, but some things I still need to be believable.

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  5. I don't always need it, but I do tend to prefer books with some kind of romance in it.

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  6. I agree that sometimes romance just doesn't fit in the book and if it doesn't, then it shouldn't be there. I definitely don't need romance in all my books! And I'm with you on the paranormal ones, I want them to start being a bit different, I'm tired of the same ol' thing.

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  7. I have to agree, romance is not always a good fit for a story (sadly, it seems even characters who are about to get feasted on by zombies MUST get romantic, authors are just conditioned to add it in now). Tacked on romance is the worst, and is rarely ever enjoyable. Great discussion!

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  8. I'm not the biggest romance fan out there, so I'm definitely all for more books without a romance. I totally agree with what you said about paranormal books- I didn't even realize that almost ALL the MCs fall for the paranormal being. I'd like more Paranormal books without all the romance. And ugh, romance in MG. I was totally obsessed with playing outside on the tire swing rather than any sort of romance when I was 11. =P But I do love the friends first romance, actually! I love when romances build up- that's always the best romance.

    Lovely discussion post, Amy!! <3 I definitely enjoyed reading it. =)

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

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  9. I think romance makes a book more appealing, for me anyway. It doen't have to be a lot but it makes other genreas more interesting. Great post.

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  10. YES to romance. I need to be swoon, cuddled, and loved. If their is not much romance I could deal, but I prefer it.

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  11. Yeah I really enjoy romance overall but I definitely don't NEED it in my YA or especially MG (I'm with you, at 12 I was climbing trees and playing around!) When the romance is heavily clichéd or has nothing original to offer, I'd rather go without it altogether!

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  12. I am a romance junkie but it definitely has to be backed up with a good plot too. I also find it kind of funny that in dystopians people are running from zombies and the end of the world but they some how find a good boyfriend?!

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  13. When someone asks me that question about whether they have to have romance, I'm always like "of course not." Then they ask for examples and I'm like uhhhhh, let's see I used to know.

    Dude, I love romance too, but you are right about zombie-chasing romance and middle grade. In mg, I think the most it should be really is a crush. I had all sorts of crushes at that time, but most people weren't doing any serious dating, and love wasn't even really a concept yet that we would consider.

    Oh, you're a friends first girl? I love love love when they don't get along at first and then fall in love. It is my romantic catnip.

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