First of all, many thanks to Claire for letting me to do a guest post on her blog!
“To love is to destroy” Cassandra Clare.
We all see this kind of quotes in all books, where the author explains how much love is dangerous. Well this is completely true! Love is something very precious, something that can kill you and makes you feel alive. I’m not only talking about the relationships that end with weddings, or happily ever after!
Yes, love exists but where? Oh well, I have the exact answer. There are different kinds of “love”, mother Love, siblings love, friends Love, and Family love in general.
I admit it, most of characters we meet in YA, are orphans or have never seen any kind of love. I also understand authors for their choices, to find a “soul mate” for their characters. (Aren’t there some parents who finally feel like they did their job after marrying their child?) Same thing I guess with authors.
But what about, us, readers? To be honest, I love finding some “realistic” love stories! REALISTIC, like it was real! I found out that there are some books where the LOVE story is completely unreal, something IMPOSSIBLE! Even if they say that everything is possible with love *sigh* LOVE IS SO HARD, OKAY? IT’S NOT “HEY I LOVE YOU”AND THEN EVERYTHING IS PERFECT!!!!!!!!!
This question is: is it important to find a love story in all YA books? In most of them, YES! But there are other books where we don’t NEED a romance, where it can be only minor. (please don’t kill me)
A lot of love interests take most place in the story than the main story itself, the author just forget that there is a WORLD, OTHER CHARACTERS and a PLOT (except if the author doesn’t care about the story)
I was just reading some opinions about this topic, and one of them was saying that normally if you sit with “teenagers”, they are always talking about someone they appreciate. All teenagers appreciate someone in a certain age of their life, but it’s not always the soul mate, THE LOVE OF THEIR LIFE! THEY JUST APPRECIATE SOMEONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!They don’t get the happily ever with this person especially (in a way, no one gets a happily ever after).
Other thing, love triangle!!!!! I am just wondering how can a teenager (like me) have two boys who love her SO MUCH and WOULD DIE FOR HER? (Well these are love “triangles, what about FOUR boys?)
So, yes we need romance in YA! But we need realistic LOVE the one that can inspire us, teach us, and advise us! Also we don’t ALWAYS need romance, because there are other things in life more important!
WOULD YOU READ A YA BOOK WHERE THERE ISN’T A ROMANCE? DO YA MEAN ROMANCE FOR YOU? WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT ROMANCE IN CERTAIN BOOKS?
Salma, Sea of Books!