Off the top of your head, how many YA books can you name where romance didn’t factor into either the A, B, or C plot? As in, romance wasn’t why our lead was torn between staying in their hometown or heading to their dream college. Romance wasn’t why our lead doubted their investigation into a small-town killer. Romance wasn’t why an otherwise strong character became kind of … meh?
There is no doubting that romance (I’m seriously flopping on finding a good synonym) can make for good plot fodder. I’ve read too many books where it was well used to say otherwise. But I’ve also read many books where the romance was unnecessary. Where romantic relationships overburdened what I thought was the main plot, or simply made things too complicated.
This kind of topic could use a whoooleee discussion, but for now, where do you stand? Since YA is marketed towards teens, who are going through puberty and starting to date and etc etc etc, does it make sense for so many of the books to have a romantic plotline?
(as in, teens can relate more and/or it will keep them interested)
Or are authors overlooking some of teens’ interests / missing the mark? Aromantic teens, for instance, may not enjoy books with heavy romantic plotlines.
Time to vote!
Do All YA Books Need Romance?
A) Yes. The more romance, the better!
B) I don’t mind if it’s only a minor plotline. It would be odd to have several characters and no one even express romantic interest.
C) It would be fine if characters started OFF in a relationship, and didn’t have any drama.
D) We need more books with no romance! Immediately!!