Romance has become a key ingredient in YA novels. Nowadays it’s extremely difficult to read a book that does not contain an ounce of romance. It is everywhere! But can it affect your opinion of a novel?
Personally I think it really depends on the novel. For me, usually romance does, unfortunately, affect my opinion of a book. For instance I can’t stand certain romance elements like love triangles or instant love. I hate them, I hate them, I hate them. They are really only good at irritating me and make me want to bang my head against the book repeatedly instead of reading it. And as a a result, I usually end up DNFing the book because of those elements. That being said, when done right, they can really add to the story. Also, if my OTP(s) in the story don’t end up together, and instead with another character, I will get really sad… and angry and frustrated, but really sad.
On the other hand, if the romance is really cute (and hot!) and at least somewhat realistic, it can make me love a novel I was feeling a bit iffy about. It was just that little something that book was missing and the romance filled in the little gap.
Another reason why I think romance can make or break my opinion of a book is that romance is kind of hard to overlook. Whether it is good or bad, you always remember the romance. You might forget how well the world building was or how bad the pacing was but its kind of hard to forget how you felt about the romance between the characters. Romance is usually more “in your face” than the other elements of the books and while you might not notice all the small metaphors the author subtly included. Usually romance (in most YA books, at least) are anything but subtle.
And finally, let me just say that I hate a lot of books because of the romance in them and I love a lot of books because of the romance in them. So yes, I do think romance, to some extent, can make or break a book.
What do you think?
Can romance make or break a book?