YA/Classic Romances (The Good, The Bad, & The Tragic [PLUS SURVEY RESULTS HEH HEH])

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! The day of love and happiness (that usually ends with those chalk candies all over the place, eww) and buying expensive stuff to bestow on your other half!

Unless, you know, you’re single like me and spend the day eating all the chocolate cake in close proximity 🙂

But, for bookworms, this is also the day where we get to go crazy over our literary crushes and imagine all out OTPs in those corny ads on TV. Because if we aren’t ‘in a relationship,’ then at least let us pour over our books and scream over our ships, okay??

Speaking of ships… that’s what we’re talking about today. We’re going to go through all the different types of relationships in YA fiction (and some other things, too, hehe) and how some of them are stupid and some of them are THE BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO BOOKIES.

So, grab your chocolate cake and let’s get started.

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the crush

Aza & Kenji from Fairest

They started as friends… until they began to feel butterflies in their stomachs. There are awkward smiles and shy glances. Teasing from friends, tension from other admirers. Just normal crush stuff.

The crush storyline, if done correctly, smacks me across the face with feels. Who hasn’t felt half sick and half on top of the world when someone they likes walks into the room?? Just, please, don’t make it corny.

the friend-ship

Summer and August from Wonder

They start as friends. They end up as so much more. The ship may not be cannon, in some cases, but they have the beginnings of a beautiful relationship that can only grow.

Only one thing can describe this.

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We all want it to happen. Most of the time it comes so close to happening. BUT IT DOESNT. AND NOW WE’RE SOBBING INTO A CARTON OF BASKIN ROBINS.

the head-over heals

America and Aspen from The Selection

From the moment they meet, it’s evident they will end up together. There’s no awkwardness. No games. Just flaming, burning passion.

Oh, it’s so Hallmark-movie-esque. But also it’s really trashy, soooo… yeah it isn’t very good don’t hurt me.

the flirty

Kai and Skylor from Ninjago

(of course I’m adding Ninjago to the bunch, who do u think I am??)

Maybe they’re not an official thing, but they sure do act the part!

Flirty characters are more often than not sassy characters. And we looove our sassy characters. So when two of them get together, you’re either in for a fight or a bunch of flirting. The latter might not be as fun, but it’s still entertaining.

the love/hate relationship

Elizabeth & Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

All they can do is hate each other… until they can’t help but begin to fall in love…

WHERE THEY LOVE EACH OTHER BUT DONT SEE IT BECAUSE THEY’RE TO BUSY BEING ANNOYED WITH EACH OTHER. WHERE WE HELPLESS READERS SCREAM AT THE CHARACTERS TO PAY ATTENTION BUT THEY DONT NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO GAHH

the tragic

Romeo & Juliet from Romeo & Juliet

SPOILER ALERT: THEY ALL DIE IN THE END.

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ME

the perfect girl/guy

Elizabeth & Wynn from When Calls the Heart

The unpopular girl falls for the star quarterback. The nerd has a crush on the lead cheerleader. The MC falls for the *perfect* mate.

Yuck.

Sorry to spoil your High School Musical feels, but this is just wayyy too unrealistic. My favorite storyline with this kind of romance is when the ‘perfect guy’ turns out to be a jerk and the unpopular girl has to take things into her own hands. A fantastic example of this is Thwonk by Joan Bauer.

Just the idea of ‘perfect’ people is ridiculous *rolls eyes*

the one-sided

Peeta & Katniss from The Hunger Games

Boy likes girl. Girl doesn’t care for boy. Boy does everything in his power to get her attention.

Ooooh, Peeta, dear. I do not like you. *prepares for all the comments of protest* But I must honor your determination.

People with one-sided relationships (at least at the beginning of the book) earn the readers’ sympathy. Like, why won’t the other person realize the MC’s affections?? HE’S TRYING SO HARD.

the conflict

Sundara & Jonathan from Children of the River

There are forces keeping them apart. Whether it be a stern, stubborn aunt, feuding families, or the looming arrival of the Hunger Games, these two cannot be together. But they will try and find a way.

Conflict couples are all about drama. Drama, drama, drama, there’s always drama and it’s overwhelming. These couples always break the rules, feel tremendously guilty about it, and proceed to break the rules again. And then there’s always that one character that’s jealous or overprotective and tries everything to stop it.

I’m looking at you, Kai. Thanks for being a killjoy. 😡

rip kai

HEHE I FOUND A WAY TO ‘DESCREETLY’ ADD A JAYA GIF

the crush-at-first-sight

Jay and Nya from Ninjago

Their eyes meet, and they feel a connection. The butterflies come on instantly. Sure, they might be a little shy of the fact, but something’s going on between them.

Sometimes, books mess this one up real bad, and fall into the next category. If you’re going to have the MC’s crush on each other in the first chapter, at least let them become friends before they make out. *makes disgusted face*

the WAY TOO FAST

Romeo and Juliet from Romeo and Juliet

Their eyes meet, and they’re in love.

… And two chapters later, they’re… getting married?

Is it just me, or is it kind of weird that in the play, Romeo and Juliet are kissing BEFORE they know each other’s names?? It’s so stupid, it’s hilarious.

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Can we all just agree, no matter how wonderful and sweet and PERFECT our favorite characters are, they’re all absolutely crazy when it comes to romance??? Because they are. And it’s kind of weird because they’re our babies help.

Y’know, romance in general is ridiculous. Did you know 80% of songs are about romance?? I’d rather have 80% of songs be about Jesus. He’s the one who loves the most so why not? *long sigh*

Since Valentine’s Day is only two days away, it’s perfectly acceptable to tell you guys how much I LOVE YOUUU. ITS ONLY BEEN A MONTH SINCE WWF OPENED AND THERE ARE LIKE SO MANY OF YOU ASDFGHJKL!!?! I can’t tell you how amazed and thankful I am!! I wish you the best Valentine’s Day of all Valentine’s Days ❤

Now go eat cake.

JUST KIDDING NO CAKE. WE’RE NOT DONE YET.

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I literally almost scheduled this without adding last week’s survey results! *facepalm*

36% percent of you spend most of your money on books! I expected more of yall to be more careful with your money, but noooo. We’re too bookish. I respect you who actually save.

52% of you agreed that you were obsessed with tea, coffee, or pretty mugs. Hehehe I identify with that 🙂

65% of you NEVER LEAVE YOUR ROOM while reading/writing unless it’s absolutely necessary. HA YES.

48% of you DO NOT WANT OR HAVE TONS OF CATS. LIKE WHY. On the other hand, 36% of you wish you did, and 16% are self-proclaimed crazy cat ladies.

77% of you don’t own a typewriter, and most of you who do own an older/broken one. I don’t blame you; they’re expensive.

67% of you claim to read/write all the time. Yes I get youuu. It’s like even at social events, I’ve got either a book or a journal in my hands. And then people say that I’m unsocial…

100% of you said that writing was, in fact, a real career – YAAYY! IM SO HAPPY (and not because that was the only option)

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Phew!! That was a lot of words… and a lot of categories. Which ones do you hate or love the most?? EVEN BETTER, if you’re writing a book, which category does your OTP land in?

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38 thoughts on “YA/Classic Romances (The Good, The Bad, & The Tragic [PLUS SURVEY RESULTS HEH HEH])

  1. Tess (blackiesunshine) says:

    LOL this was great. I’d say my favorite ship of my characters (Syre x Sasha from Project Orion) is a cross between the friend-ship and the one-sided. Syrsha, as they are referred to collectively, have been friends for a really long time. Syre has sort of always loved Sasha, but Sasha’s completely oblivious to it. She doesn’t mean to be but she’s sort of oblivious to everything. XD

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  2. Starling says:

    Awesome post, Abby! I don’t know many of these ships avoids rotten tomatoes thrown by angry people BUT I do know the Ninjago ones and the Romeo and Juliet one. It’s tragic, no kidding. Cake is fantasticccc!

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  3. Sarah Baran says:

    I… have not read any of those books. (Besides Hunger Games and P&P.) Dang it, now I feel illiterate…
    I love that feelz gif. So terribly accurate.

    (And I’m a self-professed obsessive crazy cat lady… I don’t know what’s wrong with the rest of the world.)

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