Instalove. It’s one of the biggest cliches in YA books that readers hate. And yet, in my opinion, it’s more realistic than love triangles. *Hides behind a rock while people throw books at me.*
Maybe I should be a bit more clear.
I don’t think you can actually FALL IN LOVE instantly. But do any of the characters in those instalove books actually fall in love right away? Or are the characters just attracted to each other? I mean, it’s not like they glance at each other, and the first words that fall out of their mouths are, “I love you.” But they are attracted to each other right away. And attraction is different from love, and instant attraction is more realistic than instant love. So maybe we should call it instattraction. Huh? Huh??? Yes? No?
I don’t have a problem with instattraction because, especially as a young teen, if a hot guy talked to me, and seemed nice, then yes. I confess. I would maybe sometimes immediately think, Hm. I can see myself with this guy down the road. Please take note that I did NOT instantly think, I love you! Take me away and marry me! It was pure attraction. It was a fleeting thought of wonderful possibilities. And that, my friends, is not instaLOVE. But it is attraction. And attraction is very realistic at first sight. (Am I repeating myself too much here?)
And those of you who don’t believe in instattraction… Really? Seriously? You have never walked into a room and locked eyes with someone and felt that lightning bolt thrill? You have never seen someone with a smile so dazzling and eyes so piercing (I apologize for the cliches) that all you wanted in that very moment was for them to speak to you? And when you did have your first conversation, you never had the feeling that you could sit and talk with them forever? Never ever?
I’m not saying instattraction is the healthiest start to a relationship. But I do think it’s a believable beginning that could lead to something deeper.
It’s the same way in books. Two characters meet. They find each other attractive. Then they have their first conversation, and hey, there’s chemistry! The relationship might not work long term, but it is the basis of a beginning. Some people call it instalove. I call it instattraction. And I think it’s very plausible (especially in YA books) for two people to feel chemistry and desire to be in each other’s company after one, yes, ONE conversation. (Again, notice I didn’t say the “L” word).
What do you think? Do you love/hate isntalove? What books did this happen where you instaloved/instahated it? ;P