Insta-love is one of those common tropes that seems to really split opinions. You either love it or hate it and there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground on this one.
Personally I fall in the hate it camp. It doesn’t matter how good the rest of the book is, world building, storyline etc, throw in an insta-love plot and it instantly makes me like the book less. I especially hate it when I’ve invested a lot of time in a book or series already only to have insta-love sprung on me later on.
One of the worst culprits I’ve found for this late unwelcome surprise was Trudi Canavan’s The Black Magician series. I was well invested in the trilogy, having read the first two books only to have a character go from deep hatred to ‘I’ll love you forever’ in the space of a couple of pages. It put a dampener on the whole story for me, the world and magical system was well crafted, the characters engaging and then boom an insta love plotline to de-rail all that hard work.
I think my main problem with it is it feels like lazy writing. If the romance or relationship is important to the story then I want it to be invested in, in the same way as everything else.
Another sub-set of this trope that I find a turn off is a character idolising another just because they are attractive.Like seriously, have some self respect, they barely know you exist/ treat you badly, they are not nice just because they’re pretty. Everless by Sara Holland was one that I didn’t enjoy as much as I wanted to because of this.
Which side of the fence are you on? Do you love this trope or hate it?