oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne) wrote,
oracne - Victoria Janssen

lack of romance in fantasy/sf

Go talk to squirrel_monkey about romance in fantasy.

"So, love and/or sex seem to be pretty much a requirement. Not that every plot demands it, but I get a feeling that the protags who are not at the very least angsting about lack of love or lost love or love that could've been are seen as incomplete somehow. As if every human needs a 'love interest', or at the very least some angsty sex. ... Meanwhile, not everyone exists in the state of being in a relationship or in love or in lust -- quite a few normal folks go single for large chunks of their lives, or aren't much interested in sex. Does it mean that they are less deserving of attention? Or is it that we, as writers, reject the notion of asexual (or at least single and not looking) protags because it would mean surrender to the despised Puritan morality?"
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