As I’ve haphazardly whispered* before, I am not the world’s biggest romance fan. Romance is okay? But seriously what is with all this lovey-dovey splodging around when one could FIGHT DRAGONS or become a PASTRY PIRATE or even, perhaps, RULE THE WORLD. #priorities
But, as it happens, most YA books** involve romance. Ergo I read muchly of it. Ergo it has come to my attention that there are types of it I like a lot more than others. Ergo I have written out 8 Types of Romances and I’m ready to sit down with tea*** and scones and discuss them with you.
And then I have a quiz (!!) to see which type of romance you like best. Or you could just tell me in the comments. I’m magnanimously flexible.
I’m also linking up with Top Ten Tuesday despite not having ten things on my list this week. BUT WHAT ARE RULES FOR? PFFT. The theme is Valentine’s Day Freebie!
* “Whispered” is a word here which means “yelled copiously because why say something once when you can forget you said it and then repeat it nine million times”.
** Although I wrote a post about YA books which do NOT include romance if you are so interested.
*** Also, proud moment here, but I discovered there is a tea I like. CUE APPLAUSE. (I am an avid tea hater.) But chai tea is not only tolerable, it is delicious. I would like to congratulate chai tea on its existence.
(Also I wish to note that there are MORE than 8 types of YA romances. Obviously. I’m using 8 because a) the Playbuzz quizzes only allow 8 answers, darn them, and b) I wore out at least twelve braincells trying to come up with 8 as is. Romance analysation is not my forte. Ugh.)
That moment when friends realise broship isn’t enough and they must have more. This kind of romance usually involves a) much angst and shrieks of “WHAT IF THEY ONLY LIKE ME AS A FRIEND?!?!” and b) much existential complications because of changing dynamics.
My Level Of Shippability: I’LL SAIL THIS ONE TILL DAWN, THANKS. I like it when relationships start as friendships first… because it seems like it’ll last.
2. THE LOVE TRIANGLE (OR SQUARE OR DODECAHEDRON EVEN)
Love triangles are notorious for being hated but…THEY CAN BE GOOD!! If both sides of the pursuers are interesting, dynamic characters then it actually can work. And it’s a good way to make a romance complex and fraught with decision. OH THE DECISION.
My Level Of Shippability: Mostly I hate it?! It barely works for me because I always find it’s obvious who the person will pick due to subpar writing. And then if the person picks the WRONG CHARACTER…uguguugh. It ruins the book. (That saying, I love The Hunger Games and Splintered triangles. I DO.)
3. THE VOYAGE OF LOVE/HATE
When two characters have so much friction between them that it’s all they can do not to stab the other’s eye out with a spork? BUT SECRETLY THEY LIKE EACH OTHER? Or else they grow to like each other??? This = my favourite of ever.
My Level Of Shippability: You see those books I’ve listed?! They’ve basically all got 5-stars from me. I KNOW. I HAVE A LITTLE LOVE OF THIS ONE. I will shippy ship the hate/lovers till dawn.
4. THE FORBIDDEN LOVEBIRDS
Usually “forbidden” conjures a Romeo-Juliet style romance, where your family is threatening to kindly gut you if you fall for the enemy. BUT! “Forbidden” can also be a thing standing in the way. Something that just always seems to stop the two from getting together omg.
My Level Of Shippability: VERY, because we humans are very cantankerous and like the opposite of what we’re allowed. So if you say “you cannot have the thing”, humans want the thing. Usually I end up rooting for them to overcome the annoying little obstacle. (Like in The Raven Boys’ case, Blue will kill her true love if she kisses him. Whatever. Kiss him. DEATH IS A MINOR DETAIL.)
5. THE INSTANT ROMANTIC SOUP
Mostly when you see the phrase “insta love” you run away screaming, right? WELL MOSTLY ME TOO. But! I will say that “instalove” doesn’t have to be horribly cliche and an excuse to skip relationship building. Because a) it’s actually realistic omg don’t remind me of my 12 year old friends right now… and b) if it’s done right then I’m all aboard. For instance: if the characters see each other and there’s instalove but then they develop a friendship — I’m good with that! But confessing they’ll DIE FOR EACH OTHER within 30 seconds of meeting? Nooope.
My Level Of Shippability: Like I said, done right = Cait is a happy sailor. But if it’s done to cut the character development and get onto the smushy sessions? I say no thank you and burn the ships and cackle like a psychotic pyromaniac.
6. THE OBSESSIVE SUBMARINE PURSUIT
You know those romances where one side seems to obsessively want the other side? Cue the paranormal boys who will stalk their OTP to the end of the universe. (Sometimes they’re not so submarine subtle, but I guess they like to think they are??) Often they’ll pursue the other no matter the cost. And once they get together — they are like GLUE.
My Level Of Shippability: I have to admit…it’s not my favourite? People need space, dudes. Back off a little. I also don’t like it when someone says “NO” and the other person says “YES”, and it ends up pursuits and boundaries issues. BUT! At the same time it is nice when a person will stop at nothing to rescue their darling.
7. THE UNREQUITED ROW BOAT OF LOVE
I think unrequited love has the potential to be a) insufferably adorable as one human chases another despite their best attempts to flee the country, or b) it’s insufferably annoying because the chaser is CLEARLY an idiot to throw themselves at someone who keeps turning up their nose. Nunnnngh.
My Level Of Shippability: I sometimes ship it? I do like a good chase…who doesn’t? I mean, the kind of chase I love most is pirates chasing treasure or dragons chasing a tasty human snack or whatnot, but humans chasing their One True Love is also acceptably amusing.
8. THE SHIP OF DENIAL
That moment when two characters adamantly REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY LIKE EACH OTHER? And all the reader can do is go, “Haha, you shrimps, you’re gonna fall in love.” Then they do. Because, pfft to denial.
My Level Of Shippability: It can be intensely irritating, for me, because it’s OBVIOUS they’re going to fall in love by the end of the book. But while it’s not my favourite, it’s not horrible or anything. I valiantly allow it.
(I have just about 3% of faith in this quiz I’ve made. I FORGET HOW TO MAKE GOOD QUIZZES. My bad.)