Do you ever feel as though characters are always paired off? One character has a love interest, so the rest have to as well? This doesn’t always happen but sometimes I will be reading a book – usually part of a series – and I start noticing how everyone is being paired off. I don’t always mind but I can’t help but notice.
Can a character not have a great storyline and kick some arse without there also being a love interest involved? The instance that comes to mind which really inspired this post was when I read ‘The Lunar Chronicles’. This is a wonderful series and I am in awe of Marissa Meyers’ twist on these traditional fairytales – I mean, cyborgs as part of a Cinderella retelling…? Ingenious! However, it seems as though each new main character in each book is being paired off with a love interest: Cinder and Kai in Cinder, Scarlet and Wolf in Scarlet, Cress and Thorne in Cress. However, I do realise that Cress and Thorne are not technically a couple but I do think it will head that way (Cress certainly hopes so.)
What if Scarlet and Wolf were only friends? What if something romantic didn’t develop, but a strong friendship instead? Wolf could certainly do with a best friend. This would be different and something I think we really need in YA books: strong friendships, especially between male and females. I do love the books as they are and Meyer certainly did a great job, but sometimes these ‘themes’ jump out at you when you’re reading…
This even – I feel – started to happen in one of my other favourite series: ‘Mistborn’ by Brandon Sanderson. When I saw that there was even a developing love interest for Spook, I was like, “What, is everyone going to be paired now?” Still love this series to bits though, as this doesn’t usually hinder my enjoyment of the book – not usually anyway – but I just wonder, why? I suppose. Is it truly necessary?