on The Write Life:
I’ll be the first to admit that there’s a serious problem with romantic relationships in literature nowadays.
And worse, this issue seems to be overlooked by the large majority of writers — until it’s too late, that is.
The problem: The unrealistic and unhealthy portrayal of romantic relationships.
There. I said it. And now people can take notice because yes, there is a serious lack of realism when it comes to the romantic relationships in books.
Authors are writing relationships that are meant to be exciting and intense, but their execution of those couples can be flawed in sometimes very harmful, although unintentional ways.
There’s nothing wrong with writing romance. In fact, adding a romantic relationship to your book can help you write a good story. The dynamic of love can:
- Up the stakes
- Make readers more emotionally invested in the characters
- Create contrast in emotions, adding to the coveted “roller coaster” of emotions
- Give your readers another reason to root for your main character