Bookish Thoughts #004: Instalove And Why I Hate It More Than Economics
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I hate Economics. I might go around convincing others (and occasionally, myself) that Economics is something that I like and that I can deal with it in sporadic doses.
Warning: Don’t believe me when I say anything like that! It is bullshit in its highest form.
I DO NOT LIKE ECONOMICS and I do not know when in my life I will ever use the Marginal Propensity to Consume!
And it’s the very same with instalove. I DO NOT LIKE IT and I do not know why I see so much of it in books when it does not happen in real life!
Now, I understand the appeal. Really, I do. Can you just imagine how amazing it would be for this hot guy/girl to just look at you and in that one glance you know. You just know that this is the person you’re going to be with for the rest of your life. There’d be no angst or broken hearts or tears.
AND I WOULDN’T EVER TOUCH A BOOK FROM THE ROMANCE GENRE EVER AGAIN.
I think what bothers me most about instalove is the fact that there seems to be not one book, NOT EVEN ONE, that has gotten it right. And do you need examples?
Stepbrother Dearest. Anna and the French Kiss. Taint. Beautiful Oblivion.
I don’t even get me started on the monstrous disaster that was ROMEO AND JULIET.
And instalove in YA novels is a disease. So many readers encourage authors to look beyond the whole love-at-first-sight thing and yet, instalove is what seems to keep these YA novels selling. And why? Is it because people are tired of reading the slow burn that comes with a romance novel? Are we so impatient that we don’t want to wait for the protagonists to actually get to know each other before they nookie?
And dear Lord, do we even realize what we’re doing to young girls who read this crap? Here’s what: We’re telling them that it’s okay for them to “fall in instantaneous love” with the first hot guy they meet in high school. We’re saying it’s okay for them to be a part of these shallow, superficial relationships. We’re telling them to be clingy and commitment-phobic and keep unrealistic expectations for their “happily-ever-after.”
Am I the only one bothered by this? What do you think about instalove and its implications and effects?