I’m not big on romance. Writing a lovey-dovey scene is my least favorite part of being a writer. And there’s no way to avoid it either. Love (realistic and otherwise) is a driving force behind many a plot and hell. Have you read a YA book lately where there’s no love story, even as a minor thread?
I figured I better do some research. So after watching movies and reading books considered “romantic”, here’s what I’ve come up with:
1. Obviously the first person you fall in love with will end up being your one true love.
2. Sabotaging your significant other’s job/friendships is perfectly okay because you love them and don’t want them to spend time with someone else.
3. It’s also to okay to sabotage someone’s current relationship if the person is bad for them.
4. Nerdy girls will win the boy when they take of their glasses (and they always have glasses).
5. No means “keep asking and I’ll eventually say yes”.
6. It’s totally acceptable to threaten to kill yourself to get a girl to go out with you.
7. The dark, mysterious stranger who sleeps with anything that moves and is a total jerkass just needs someone to love him.
8. If you have feelings for someone, it’s totally okay to decide to marry someone else anyway. You can always leave them at the altar.
9. Rescuing someone is totally the same as falling in love.
10. Breaking into a girl’s house to watch her is a sign of true love.
Seriously, what the hell?
Note to self: do not take relationship advice from movies or books.