To answer the question I’ve posed above very, very important. Romance for me is an integral part of the storytelling process. I love reading about it whether it’s the main plot of the book to a small yet crucial part of the plot. Whether it takes place in this world, or in a fantasy world among dragons, magic, and werewolves. A romantic subplot in a book is almost always essential for me to enjoy the complete story.
I see the bulk of a character’s development through the characters interactions with the people around them and who better to show that aspect of a character’s personality than a love interest. It’s hard to get to know the main character through friends because if they’re really close they’ve known each other for a while and already know everything about each other but with a love interest, you learn things from the beginning. Both of the characters are blank slates before they get to know each other and those interactions can help you learn more about your character’s personality.
If there were no romance in books then we wouldn’t have any swoon-worthy males now, would we? I mean sure there might be a good looking guy in the book. But if the character didn’t like him in that way there’s a good chance that we wouldn’t either. We wouldn’t have any of those moving and slightly cringy declarations of love and that for me is one of the most fun parts of reading, because most importantly romance makes the books more entertaining. It gives us breaks between all the action and feelings of imminent death.
What are some of your thought on romance in books? Do you think it’s important? Let’s discuss!!