Insta-love trope – love it or hate it?

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?

3 thoughts on “Insta-love trope – love it or hate it?

  1. I really don’t like insta=-love. There has to be some sort of a development and progression between two characters, otherwise it does not seem overly genuine, or as you say, it suggests lazy writing.

  2. Insta love is a huge no-no to me. If I know a book has it then I refuse to pick it up. It’s like you said – it’s lazy writing. It feels like the author doesn’t want to put in the effort of building a relationship between the characters from the ground up. I love seeing the way relationships develop on the pages and when I don’t get that then I’m not interested. Insta love, especially in YA, is such a terrible message to send to people, because it’s not genuine. Real love doesn’t happen instantly. Real love is full of ups and downs, it’s unpredictable, and it’s messy. Insta love never portrays that.

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