In case you don’t know, insta-love is when a girl meets a boy, has two conversations with him, and then declares her undying love for him. Then the reader leans back, wrinkles up her nose, and thinks to herself, “WTF just happened? She doesn’t even know the guy!”
It’s commonly known that readers don’t like insta-love. I see SO many posts and reviews that say things like:
- 10 reasons why I hate insta-love
- This book was great except the romance because it was insta-love
- The insta-love really brought this book down
And oftentimes I read a book and I’m REALLY enjoying it, then we get a dose of insta-love and it turns me off the whole thing. I could have loved that book, but the insta-love ruined everything! It could easily bring a four star book down to two stars.
The point is, people clearly don’t like insta-love. It’s not a romance we can get on board with and it’s something we readers often complain about in reviews.
So why does it keep happening???
You’d think that if there was something readers CONSTANTLY spoke out against, authors would take note and stop doing it, right? But insta-love is something that keeps appearing again and again. It makes me wonder:
- Does the author not think their romance is insta-love? Do they just not see it? Or;
- Do they know it’s insta-love and not realize people hate insta-love? Or;
- Do they know it’s insta-love and deliberately put it in anyway, knowing that people won’t like it?
- Are there people out there who actually do like insta-love?
I seriously just DON’T GET IT. What’s going on here? Why can we not move past insta-love and properly develop relationships? Do we need to host a little pow-wow and chat together about what insta-love is? Do we need to lay down some ground rules?