We’re heading into December, slowly but surely, and me and my friends have already baked Christmas cookies and the Christmas playlist has been blasting for more than two weeks (featuring Michael Buble and Motown obviously!). The next two months are filled with exams, we had one today, one next Wednesday and Friday and then like that for the next several weeks – so fun. I hope I still find some time in between: especially for topics like these! Romance as a subplot: I’ll list my faves and least favorites and I guess just about everything that comes to my mind (very structured, right?). And not to forget: the discussion is as always hosted by Dani @Literary Lion and Rukky @Eternity Books!
Romance as a subplot: why I love it
Romance as a subplot is the best possible thing ever: one, because I don’t like romance as the main plot (not super interesting and come on, where’s the action and suspense!) but then there’s the slowburn relationship that is always there, but never the main focus. Kind of like a best friend to the action, fantasy, crime, mystery and YA. Best possible combination is, of course YA fantasy because there is ALWAYS romance as a subplot.
- All of the Shadowhunters by Cassandra Clare: here we have a bigger focus on romance than in some of my other choices, but the demons and badass Shadowhunters are the main plot. I mean, come on, all of her characters and then the HUGE variety of couples and love interests is TO DIE FOR. She never disappoints: diversity, secret crush, forbidden love – and even once THREE people, although that was too much for me, it kind of seemed like an escape because she couldn’t choose between Christina, Mark and Kieran…
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: while the main focus of the plot is definitely the heist and their mission, I loved the three love interests displayed in the book. Honestly, I can’t decide between Kaz and Inej or Anna and Matthias – both awesome “couples” with huge obstacles to overcome. Wow.
- Silver by Kerstin Gier: definetely not the main focus, but the cutest addition, especially since Liv and Henry spent most of their time in dreams together, visiting each others worlds, which adds the special touch!
- Harry Potter by JK Rowling: I’ll come back to this later, but for now, let’s focus on the BEST possible couple there is and the most epic love story of all time: Ron and Hermione. Tension from the start, constant fuzz and then at the end: boom!
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: while politics, rebellion and oppression are the main focus, there’s a slow burn romance and love triangle here I love. Mare, Cal and Maven alone are strong individuals, but together they can rule a country or be its downfall.
- The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: while I didn’t like the entire plot, I most definetely didn’t feel the powerful tension between the characters that would eventually lead to a relationship (I haven’t read up to that point).
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: okay, okay, don’t @ me here, I know romance is definetely the MAIN GENRE here, but I DON’T never have and never will ship Bella with Jake. No. Why even. I don’t really like Jake, he’s super wanting, disrespects her decision and is also playing a power game with her.
- Harry Potter by JK Rowling: Harry and Cho is a mystery I have never understood. I didn’t understand how she got his attention in the first place and why he liked her, before wanting to ask her out they never had an actual conversation.
That’s it: how do you feel about romance as a subplot and what are your faves? Feel free to comment and have a great November (and safe one, all in lockdown again!). Happy reading!