This week JJ and Kelly are not above capitalizing on a fake holiday to talk about LOVE INTERESTS and ROMANCE. They have lots of Opinions.1
- JJ doesn’t like books with FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELINGS in them, but loves a good romance in books
- Some of our objections to the Instalove trope is not the initial connection, so much as the failure to follow-up with showing and not telling.
Objectively, What is a Good Romance?
- Tension between characters
- Good characterization leads to good romance.
- When the parties involved in the romance clearly respect each other
- Also, when the book makes you do this:
Objectively, What is a Bad Romance?
- Just because a character is hot or tragic, that doesn’t make them worthy of being loved.
- When the issue of consent is muddy or dubious, and not just in sexual situations. Romantic tropes that fall into this include the Duckie or Brian Krakow Nice Guy.
- When attraction overrides reason, especially in the case of serious wrong being done by one party to another
- Women in refrigerators (Kelly was right; it’s Green Lantern)
Books Discussed/Recommended Reading
- Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
- Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
- Kushiel’s Legacy by Jacqueline Carey
- The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
- The Price of Salt (or Carol) by Patricia Highsmith
- Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
- Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
- Fire by Kristin Cashore
- Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan (via Netgalley)
What We’re Working On
- Kelly is still working on her YA project and writing her “long shitty synopsis”
- JJ is working on her mental health
Off Menu Recommendations
- Kelly is watching Avatar: The Last Airbender (yes, we are working on another podcast!)
That’s all for this week! Next week we will go back to our Publishing 201 series with THE ANATOMY OF A QUERY LETTER.
- Seriously guys, JJ had to edit out over an hour’s worth of conversation on this topic. ↩