I’m a big fan of The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh!, and when I saw her most recent post about “instalove” I just had to share it. “Instalove” seems to be everywhere, particularly in YA literature, I would diagnose a severe case of “instalove” in; The Fault in Our Stars, Twilight, The Iron King, Beautiful Creatures, The Mortal Instruments, Shiver… The list goes on.
In some cases, “instalove” can be more understandable (or excused, depending on your viewpoint), generally “instalove” will be more accepted in the supernatural/paranormal genre, or in novels where the characters are not experiencing “normal” life-situations (The Fault in Our Stars), but what effect, if any, does this have on the reader?
Is “instalove” potentially damaging to the Young Adults (or even Adults) who read it? Does it create a false representation of love and relationships? Or is it merely another form of fictional escapism that is enjoyable to read?
This is a topic that is strongly defended by the old school romancers and wholly debated by the realist relationship-workers, what do you think? Are you backing “instalove” or do you prefer a “we-have-to-work-for-this relationship”? Does anyone have any books that aren’t “instalove” that you would recommend? I’d love to read something a little different!