Let’s Talk Bookish: Romance as Subplot

Let’s Talk Bookish: Romance as Subplot

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Doesn’t it make more sense to put the topic in the title than just the date? I switched it up a bit to see what I think about it. I think it works better that way, I don’t know. I think I like it better though, so we’ll see if I keep it.

I think I said that already? Ugh I keep repeating myself!

Thank you Dani for the topic this week!

So I am assuming the main question really is do I even want or like romance in my novels? Like if I’m reading an epic fantasy where the main characters are trying to save the damn world, do I really want a couple of the characters dealing with their romantic feelings towards one another?

I am more of a “I’d rather see them develop a really strong friendship” kind of person than pushing a romance subplot person. I don’t like seeing romance just to see romance, you know? Especially if I don’t think the characters really vibe at all, or if the romance is just there for “fan service” and just feels forced. I’m not saying that I’m not a romantic person at all, because there are some romance subplots that I think are amazing – although I can’t name any right now oops – but as a whole, seeing characters really learn how to trust one another and become true partners, friends, and support one another no matter what without having some sort of romantic ties is more fulfilling and powerful to me.

Now remember, that’s romance as a subplot. Not if the novel is specifically labeled a “romance”.

Give me love but give me friendship too! Does that make me weird? I don’t know, but I dig friendship a lot more. I love reading about strong friendships and seeing how they learn more about each other and how they can learn each others’ nuances and moods after a while and just learn how to work with one another, whether its to save the world or just to finish a task like planning a party. Either way, if they are able to be a cohesive team, that’s my kind of friendship.

6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Romance as Subplot

  1. I agree, I don;t romance for the sake of having romance, but if it feels ‘natural’ within the story I’m totally fine with it! Although developing a great friendship is also amazing, and fantasy books should do that more!


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    1. Yes! Like don’t get me wrong, I have seen romance happen naturally in real life (it happened with me and my husband!) so I can see it happen naturally in a book and appreciate it. But if it’s just there just to be there, or as a plot device, or to just be there, then it’s not as real or genuine and then I don’t like it! I’m glad you get what I’m saying, Evelyn! I was trying to phrase it correctly 🙂

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  2. I completely agree with you; if the book is super intense, I’d prefer to skip the romance! I think it’s gotten to be too much of a default secondary plotline at this point, you know? Whenever I start a book, I feel like I instantly pick out the two people that will inevitable be involved in a romance and that distracts me from the actual things happening. And, realistically, what are the odds that if you have to go on a quest to save the world, you end up falling in love with the one person who happens to go with you?? I really wish we could get past this whole romantic-love-is-the-best-kind-of-love thing and recognize friendship love and familial love as equally great loves to explore in a secondary plotline. While we’re at it, let’s also end the practice of the inevitable pairing off of everyone in ensemble books.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Oh gosh Laura yes! I totally agree with you on that! You know like when you’re watching a really intense action film and things are about to get really crazy and then randomly there’s a “if I don’t make it I’m gonna kiss you” kiss and you’re like “what the heck?!” that’s how I feel with the romance in novels lately!

      Yes, yes, yes to everything you said!!!

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  3. I totally agree with you in that I also really want more friendship in my stories. I love my boyfriend, but my friendships are the relationships that have shaped me the most as a person! A childhood best friend can mean so much, a friend break up can be more intense than any romance. Friend groups can have all sorts of dynamics. Please give me more writing about friendships, they’re not less valuable.


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