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!!