Since today is Valentine’s Day, I thought I would have a SPECIAL discussion about romance in books. I am a HUGE romance person. When I start reading a book, I am immediately thinking about who’s going to fall in love with who … will there be love triangles? Will I like the love interest?
I know I’m not the only one, but when I read through a book and there’s not even a hint of romance, I’m disappointed. It’s like watching a movie where no one is falling in love! It’s just not possible!
(As a sidenote, of course it IS possible, but those aren’t the kinds of movies I watch.)
Recently, I watched a movie that featured the end of the world and two people falling in love. The world still ended but it ended with them IN LOVE! I cried! Not because the world ended, but because these two characters who I fell in love with were together and in love.
<insert sigh here>
There are so many different genres of books that are about love these days that I find it hard to find a certain genre that I love for the love … Adult, Chick Lit, New Adult, YA Contemporary … there are so many!
I think when it comes down to it, my favourite love stories are ones that are light and romantic, maybe some with series things going on in the background, but stories where the main focus is two characters who are crazy in love. Definitely not something where there’s a love triangle — sometimes I find that love triangles are thrown into a book just as a plot device, but sometimes they’re not totally necessary.
While I really love the more adult love stories, there’s something to be said about the YA Contemporary, or YA Romance stories — take something like Anna and the French Kiss, or My Life Next Door — innocent stories about first loves, falling in love for the first time, where two people haven’t kissed before and they’re just discovering this new feeling.
These kinds of books are wonderful!
Or, we could take a book where the main characters are definitely strong characters, but when it comes to love, their character is a little shyer, a little more nervous — the feelings of butterflies in their stomachs.
LOVE LOVE LOVE!
This Valentine’s Day, I know I’m going to be picking up a love story of some kind — how could you not? — and reading it until my heart grows warm, or tears of happiness prickle my eyes. Those are the best kind of tears when reading a story!
Do you like romantic books? What is your favourite genre? Do you have any favourite literary couples?