Hi There Episode Community,
I wanted to know peoples thoughts on Romance in stories.
For me, if I was so inclined to read a romance story, I’d most likely peruse the romance section of the app. I can see thought that other genres can be mixed with romance. However, I would never “expect” it to have romance, or expect it to be the main plot line of the story. In fact, I may actually be a little disappointed if I was reading another genre and the main focus seemed to be romance. Although, so long as the other aspect of the genre was being fulfilled, I could get on board with it. I also get that drama can be primarily romance driven.
My question is though, can a story be enjoyed if it has little to no romance, when it’s not categorised as a romance story? I so often see (and have had it numerous times myself) fan mail asking if there is a love interest, asking if a character can be a love interest, asking why there is no love interest etc etc. If these questions were being asked in a story categorised as romance, I may understand. In other genres however, when an author has decided to write another plot line, it baffles me why sometimes people demand romance to be added.
I’m also curious on peoples thoughts towards a love interest in the story and how they look. Do you need to be able to customise the love interest within a story to enjoy it? Again, I can kinda see if the story is being played as a “you” character, you may find it more appealing to design them, although personally I couldn’t care less. But when you’re reading a story with romance, can you still find it enjoyable if the love interest is designed for you, by the author, especially when you’re reading about a character that is not being played as you.
All views are welcome here. I’m just very curious about peoples thoughts on this.