Let’s Talk Bookish: Romance as a Subplot

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

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Why do you think romance is the most common subplot?

I think that romance is the most common subplot because it’s relatively easy to add to a novel of any genre that is fictional. No matter what the genre of the novel is, whether it’s science fiction or mystery, romance is an easy subplot to add. People, in general, seem to love romance, so adding romance as a subplot might help the book sell better or add more appeal to it.

Do you prefer stories without any romance in them?

Honestly, I don’t like romance. Most of the time, I find romance to be painfully cliché and predictable, which annoys me. Personally, I never really connect with any romances, and a great of them feel forced. In my experience, this is especially true about those in young adult novels, which is one of the reasons why I began reading less YA. Most of the time romance bores me, so I definitely prefer stories without any romance.

Do you think romance subplots take away from the main story, or add to it?

Frankly, romantic subplots usually take away from the story. Occasionally, there is the rare romance that actually adds to the story and gives the characters more depth and tells more about their backstory or helps them develop as characters, but those are very uncommon. So, most of the time it just feels like wasted time in the book, when the novel could be focusing on the more interesting main plot. Additionally, I’ve found that romance subplots can take up too much of the plot, so that would take away from the main story as well.

Is romance better as a subplot or as a main plot?

Romance is just not my cup of tea, whether it’s the main plot or the subplot, so I’d have to say neither. I honestly don’t really ever look to read romance novels, with the exception of Jane Austen, and the romance isn’t even my favorite part of her novels.

Overall, I’m not fond of romance as a subplot, and for me, it typically doesn’t add anything to the story, rather it usually takes away from it.

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