Not all girls want to read romance
Alex Burgar | 6 March 2017

Alright, alright, I'll admit it. I like a good romance novel as much as the next person, and a bit of romance can really enhance an otherwise slightly boring book. However, I am getting a little fed up with the constant stream of romance novels thrust at the youth of today.

 

'Young adult' seems to be the new name for 'pitifully written teen romance', which became very clear to me whilst browsing the Kindle Store on Amazon. After reading the blurbs of each book, I realised that five out of the six books on the screen were romances, and two of them were about vampires (perhaps the cheesiest of which is entitled 'Crush' , with a cover featuring a boy who looks incredibly pale and unhealthy).

 

I'm beginning to worry for the originality of authors everywhere - surely there are other plots you could write about, ones which don't involve glittery vampires or badly-written romance? It's becoming increasingly more difficult to find books which aren't annoying and poorly-written, and it seems that every storyline has been previously created. Writers were once prized on their creativity and imagination, but now they are just feeding us clichés and I actually think some believe we won't notice.

 

Books like 'The Hunger Games' which featured both down-to-earth romance and a gripping plot were a blessing and a relief as I think we'd all started to get fed up with the 'Twilight' fangirls, but quickly, elements of the storyline were plagiarised and made far more soppy. Then the last Twilight film was released and the hype returned to the overly slushy, nauseating, sparkly supernatural beings, whose romance is perhaps as unbelievable as the amount of people who love the saga.

 

As you can probably tell, I'm not among them. What really surprises me though is the amount of people who think I judge a series negatively because I haven't read them. I have; you can't judge a book by its cover (quite literally, in this case) and so I decided to read the first few and sample the quality of writing. Some people even go on to say a series they've never even touched is absolute rubbish. Let's have a little less hypocrisy and a little more consistency, shall we?

 

I'm starting to think I'm ranting unnecessarily, so I will finish with this:

The problem is not romance or vampires. The problem is when there is nothing but romance and vampires.

James Routledge 2016