Friday, June 24, 2011
Call me crazy, but I love a little bit of relationship building in the books I read. I like the characters to naturally develop. Insta-love usually equals insta-frustration for me. Why are these people in love? They barely know each other! Sometimes, this can be done well. I’m willing to accept even the tiniest of reasons for this insta-love. I would accept a main character falling in insta-love with a boy because: 1) he smells good, 2) he’s pretty and 3) he was nice to the waitress on their first date. I’m not asking for much here, but when the main character doesn’t even have a reason for this insta-love, how am I supposed to believe it?
realized that they enjoy sleeping in public.
This is a reason for love, people!
Now, I know that teenagers sometimes have super strong feelings, super fast, but most of these relationships do not last. Insta-love (or lust) in real life can quickly fade into a fizzle. If this was the trend happening in YA books, I would be all over it. It would be real. (I’m not saying every book has to be “real”--hellooooo vampires, witches, etc.). I’m just saying that, more often than not, where there is insta-love in a YA novel, the characters usually end up still being together at the end of the book/series.
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Look! These people were in insta-love.
She thought he had pretty hair.
But, by the end of the book, she would have realized
that she doesn't like how he goes shoeless in public.
He's always bringing all kinds of dirt into her house.
She doesn't appreciate it.
Teenagers are completely entitled to make spontaneous, rash decisions. That’s one of the joys of being a teenager. So, I get where these insta-love situations are coming from. I just wish more of them were a little more justified. Bring on the being in love because the boy has a nice butt!
I know I have talked in circles here, but basically I just want my insta-love to have a little reasoning or, if not, fizzle out every once in awhile. What are your thoughts on the insta-love trend in YA books? Do you have a favorite book where the insta-love was handled very well? What's your least favorite insta-love scenario?
Brought to you by Kaitlyn Kline at 4:13 PM