If you know me at all, you’ll know that I love a good fantasy book. I love the whole magical, per se, element of the setting and the world so different from our own. It’s also wonderful when there’s a romantic element because I’m always a sucker for romance.
But do you ever feel like the romance in a fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian/not-promoted-as-a-total-romance story is taking over the actual plot line and world-building?
When a book has fantasy with romantic elements, there’s a good chance I’ll like it. I love the fantasy genre and the whole magical aspect of the setting. And add in a little romance, and you’ve got me eagerly anticipating this book.
There are several books that are promoted as mostly fantasy with little romance, which, again, I love. I don’t want to name names, but I’m pretty sure you can also pin-point a certain book that is promoted as a fantasy or sci-fi, but realistically, it focuses more on the romance between the main character and the love interest.
Where there can be a lot of fantastic world-building and evolving characterization, there might be more kissing and such than the actual exploration of the setting and the historical elements. Especially with books with inherently interesting universes, I want to learn more. I want to explore more of that fantasy world, more of the people who live there, more of visible character development.
Despite being a major slut for romance, there’s nothing more I love than character development. But what happens when there’s more romance than the evolution of personalities and characterizations? What happens when there’s more kissing than exploration of world-building?
I’m not going to lie, and I don’t want to bash any books (because chances are, I probably liked that fantasy/romance book), but sometimes, I just feel as if I’m not getting the whole fantasy element in a fantasy book, which generally doesn’t give me that nice feeling of satisfaction.
Do you feel the same way? Do you sometimes feel as if there’s more romance than story-development in some books? Let me know your thoughts!