Today, Worldbinding is part of the Bloody Valentine Blog Hop. Blog hops allow various bloggers to write about similar topics and then link amongst themselves. You can hop to the other participants’ blogs at the end of this post.
Will They or Won’t They?
One of my biggest pet peeves in fiction — both on screen and on the page — is when romantic tension as a subplot begins to undermine and subvert the main plot.
That’s not to say that characters shouldn’t have relationships. But Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to admit I’m sick of the artificial sappiness!
“Will they or won’t they?” is one of the oldest plots there is, but my specific beef with it is when it starts as a subplot, then goes on to dominate and destroy the story.
There’s a time and place for romance as the main plot… that’s what the romance genre is for!
The perfect example is the TV show Castle. Season One started out well enough for a CSI clone, with a new twist on the also-classic whodunnit plot. Like all long-running TV series, it had its problems, but a covered up conspiracy and other plot arcs added complexity to regular crime de jour episodes.
But as it went on, the plot became less about mystery and more about romance. The romantic tension built to a crescendo, until it completely eclipsed the main plot. In short, Castle was no longer a crime/mystery show. It became a romance. Why did they do this? Was it fan service?