Friday, October 10, 2014

Bête Noire: Insta-Love

Welcome to another post about things I hate! Woo!

Today's post is about insta-love, killer of interesting novels.

Insta-love is a tragic thing. It occurs when two characters meet and, as the name would suggest, instantly are deeply in love. These characters meet, and usually less than a month later, they're ready to throw their very lives away just to stay with the other even a day longer, or commit grand larceny for them, &c. It's usually used as a way to introduce motivation for a plot twist that would otherwise be hard to reason with. This sort of thing does not actually exist in the real world. That's called lust, kiddos, and infatuation. Not love.

Here are some of the main reasons it's awful.

  • It kills my interest in a novel faster than almost anything else. 

  • It pulls the reader out of the story by pushing the suspension of disbelief too far and snapping it

  • It makes characters unlikable, because they suddenly lose their ability to reason.

  • It's lazy. Insta-love happens when an author doesn't care to write out an entire love story. Yeah, it's easier to snap your fingers and have them go gaga for each other, but it's poor writing.

In conclusion, please don't put insta-love in your writing.  Even if you don't have time for it, it's so easy to mention build-up happening pre-novel. SO EASY.

How do you feel about insta-love? Tell me in the comments!

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