Readers of young adult books, including myself, are always complaining about insta-love, where charters meet and are all of a sudden completely and totally in love but we see this everywhere, in t.v shows and movies, yet we don't complain about it here. I mean in almost every princess movie, mainly Disney princess movies, there are major cases of insta-love, which you don't realize when your six but when your 17 and in bed sick with a cold and find comfort in these movies it becomes obvious, the prince rescues the princess and they're automatically deeply in love with each other and live happily ever after, insta-love? Yes, but nobody cares because that's how things are supposed to be! So, why can't that apply to the book world? Yes, characters seem to be more realistic than an animated princess but my point is, no one cares when it happens in a movie so why do we judge so harshly when it's done in a book?
While I do feel it's better when you get to know the characters and get to see them fall in love sometimes insta-love is necessary, to move the plot along, to give the characters more substance, and also because we're talking about YA books, teenage characters who want to fall madly in love with a cute boy (or girl) with one look. Sure I love it more when you get to know the characters separately before they fall in love but that shouldn't be the only reason for disliking a book, now I'm not judging cause I tend to be horrible at this but I would like to think I'm getting better about it, if you have other reasons for not liking a certain book then fine but if that's the only thing you don't like I think we should try harder to understand why the author did it this way and try not to judge the book solely on this one thing.
Now there are some cases, I feel, where it is just the worst thing ever, there are different ways to do the whole insta-love thing, I hate it when it's done badly like in Wasteland when after all of three conversations together these two characters basically get married and then do it, it's weird, uncomfortable and gross. But also sometimes it has to be done and at least for me I've found that sometimes I can be a hypocrite because if I love the book and I love both the characters then I don't mind the insta-love, but if I don't like the book very much or I don't like one or both of the characters than it annoys me immensely. Like I said before I do think it's more enjoyable if you get to see the characters slowly fall for each other but also when it's like a fantasy book that it's focused on the romance I understand that sometimes there is a need for the insta love and sometimes you, as a reader, just have to accept it and learn to enjoy and love books despite this one fatal flaw. It can be done well where you don't even realize until you finish the book that it was insta-love and by then you love the book so much that it doesn't seem to matter. In conclusion I think that sometimes you have to cut a book, or an author, a break and decide to love it for all the good things in a book rather than hate it for this one thing.
This post was inspired by Unbreakable by Kami Garcia because this book does have some insta-love going on but I didn't mind it, I still loved the book and the characters. See my review of this book here.
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