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Insta-Love: Love it or Dealbreaker?
So this has been talked about a lot already on practically every blog, but I guess now it's time to give my opinion :)
Here's the thing: I believe that you can see someone and have an instant connection of sorts. Like you see them, you are attracted, they are attracted, the chemistry is there... it feels exciting and it feels right. But LOVE?? If we're talking LOVE, I don't buy LOVE at first sight. You know nothing about that person. And if you are so blinded by your infatuation (because that's what it is), you are never going to even truly see the person for who he/she is. You are never going to truly be in LOVE with them. And that is my mind set going into books when I read about romance.
So many many many YA books fall into the Insta-Love trap. I guess it's a fall-out from Twilight. So many YA-ers bought into the Bella/Edward Insta-Love that authors began to write couples that were like "meant to be" at first sight. I can see why people find it romantic. I actually know quite a few readers who enjoy a good Insta-Love... I am just not one of them. I want chemistry, sure.... but I want a slow build to love. I want to feel it. Having said this, I am not a teen. I'm sure a teenage audience is less jaded about love than I am. To some of them a good Insta-Love might feel more magical than it would to me. I don't know. I just know I get a pissed-off feeling when I read about an instant love.
It seems like New Adult right now is very big on the Insta-Love as well. Which is definitely one of the reasons why I have been avoiding that genre.
Recent experiences with Insta-Love:
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Bottom Line: For me to enjoy Insta-Love I would have to put aside a huge part of my brain that screams "ANNOYING!!!" and unless the book is like fantastic, it's really hard for me to do.
So how do you feel about Insta-Love??? Do you have any examples where it really really worked for you?