Another problem with insta love besides the fact that they are unrealistic, is the fact that in most occurrences, they happen before the characters are really developed. I barely even know these two characters, what their qualities are, who they even are, they barely know each other and they are already falling in love and starting a relationship. It’s like starting off like….
“This is Maya. She is _____ years old and a _____________ [enter description on the line]. Meet Alex. He is ____ years old and a ____________. Maya and Alex bumped into each other in the hallway. They go on a date. They lived happily ever after. The end.”
My reaction: -___- Seriously?!? Seriously?!? What the heck did I just read?
The problem with this is that whenever this happens, you usually stop learning about the characters as individuals, but as a couple instead. And that can be quite nauseating. Not to mention cliche.
In addition, there’s also the factor that in most cases of insta love (that I’ve read), the story kind of ends as soon as the romance begins. The majority of the rest of the book is basically filler, and nothing much happens. There’s no drama. No tears. No fighting. No excitement. Just romance. Most of the time, insta love produces a happy relationship and the couple goes on to live happily ever after (like I mentioned above). Who wants to read a book with a happy ending? One filled with romance and devoid of anything else?
In my opinion that’s where love triangles have an upper hand. At least with love triangles, no matter how much they divide people, are always filled with drama, with conflict, with PROBLEMS!!! What is YA with conflict and problems?