i’m just… so tired of reading posts complaining about problems that only exist because people won’t read romance novels… it is a huge genre there are books about werewolf dukes, there are books about black revolutionary war soldiers, there are books about south asian doms who care about enthusiastic consent, there are books about shape-shifting cowboys who turn into bears, there are books about lady scientists learning how to trust that their boundaries will be respected, there are books about alien barbarian warriors, there are books about genies, there are books about women of color in victorian london, there are books about polyamorous earls, there are fake marriages and marriages of convenience and basically every fanfic trope that people lose it for exists as a book with original characters but some of the same people who complain about how books no longer satisfy them turn a blind eye to a whole genre because it never occurs to them to read a ~bodice-ripper~ when they could read romantic fanfic of a more respectable genre instead
I don’t know if this is me being aro or if its me just being an avid reader, but I am insanely bothered by romance that is shoehorned meaninglessly into plot. I like to read well written and nuanced romance, but I hate arbitrary pairings just for the sake of it, especially in young adult fiction. If you and your whole gang of friends are pairing up heterosexual soulmate style when you are still all in high school there’s a problem. Not only is it boring and painful to read, it sends a bad message to young readers and makes romance seem like the end all be all and the ultimate goal.