I’ve been wanting to talk about this topic for a very long time but I never got around to it cause I’m a lazy shit bag. So, moving on.
I don’t hate romance. I really don’t, but when you give me a book where two characters only care about each other and no one else (or nothing else), not only is it unrealistic but it’s also uninteresting.
I prefer a mix of romance with fantasy or sci-fi because the romance is in the background. It’s not all over my face. I like it when the characters start off as any two strangers would, or when they meet up for a purpose and slowly fall in love.
I don’t like seeing characters only thinking about how hot the other person is. That’s not love to me, it doesn’t appeal to me at all. I want to see them help each other, fight with each other, grow as a person with each other. I want to see two whole people who realize that their life would be even better with the other person’s addition. (gosh I’m such a romantic)
Romance novels just don’t appeal to me when characters fight and hate each other but realize how freaking attractive the other person is, and so they chuck aside their differences and get together. That’s a horror recipe.
Also, what’s up with the lack of dragons?? I was reading Ava Richardson’s novels, Dragons of Wild and Dragons of King, early this year and I love the subtle friendship between the characters with all these dragons around. Dragons just make everything a 100 times better.
I want to see characters go through so much hardship but come out with a deep respect for each other. So I guess if anyone is interested in recommending something to me that would appeal to everything I’ve just said, PLEASE DO!
I recently read Holding up the universe by Jennifer Niven and I absolutely loved it. It had everything I wanted and more… except dragons. I also loved Fangirl because it was about more than just romance. I loved Landline because it was about rekindling love and that’s hardly ever talked about.
I just really want to love the romance genre but I find it hard to find books that would be just what I need.
With lots of love,