Do people prefer to read stories that are romance-based or non-romance-based? I’m writing a story at the moment and was wondering if it would be better to put a couple of love interests in it instead of keeping it strictly non-romantic.
You’ll get more reads with romance, for sure. Not going to lie, some incorporation of romance is like 80% of the reason most people read episode stories, myself included. Plot doesn’t have to revolve around it, but it is a neat little addition… IF you get it relatively right. However, don’t add it if you don’t want to or don’t think you could handle the branching of multiple love interests. It is not worth sacrificing the strength of your story for something you don’t even want to be writing. It’ll just get tiresome.
Personally it depends on the story, but I do tend to lean towards something with a bit of incorporated romance. However, I don’t think it is necessarily an essential part of a story.
To be honest it would be nice to get some romance in, but in the end of the story it’d be way better to incorporate a no romance choice.
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I do like romance stories in most forms but I actually do enjoy it more as a subplot and not the main focus of a story but I guess that’s because they are usually developed slower.
I like to see romance but I don’t want the story to be mainly romance, I stopped reading the romance section time ago. Now I only check horror, action, mystery and comedy (but you’ll get way more reads if your story is romance, that’s the only section most new readers mainly check)
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romance definitely makes the story interesting but balancing romance with other genres is impressive
I think readers are definitely more likely to read romance. It also depends because most romance stories are a bit too cliche, and predictable. So it really varies on the type of reader.
Personally it depends on the genre. Romance in a mystery/thriller/horror story will generally make me exit the story unless it’s integral to the plot or I have a no romance/single option. In other genres, it’s more likely that romantic relationships will enhance the story and not come across as pandering.
I usually enjoy romance in stories!
I like romance in it but you don’t have to make it 100% about the romance, like you can make it a side story line thing yk
Having some sort of romance helps with reads, but sometimes it’s just not right for the story and that’s okay. I think you should go with your gut if you think it would be better with no romance. There’s a market for everything.
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