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More than romance - stamp by JessKat-art More than romance - stamp by JessKat-art
Template by $zilla774.

I wanted a stamp like this for myself, so I made one.

This isn't anti-romance. It's not the bitching of a bitter old hag, either. I happen to be in a relationship, happily so, and I've got nothing against love in general.
But while I myself enjoy the odd fandom pairing and have been known to have a romantic streak on occasion, I find myself increasingly annoyed by the over-emphasis on romance and pairings in the media.

When was the last time you saw a movie with no romantic (sub-)plot?

When did you last read a book where none of the characters ended up falling for one another?

When was the last time you heard a song on the radio that wasn't about romance and relationships? (This includes moaning about break-ups.)

When was the last time you read a fan fic that concentrated more on action and plot rather than pairings or porn?

I realize that fan fic is all about filling in the bits you felt were "missing" from the canon story or indulging in your own personal fantasies. To each their own. But the reason I enjoy my favorite shows, books and movies is because of the plot, action or characters. My fandoms are quite varied, ranging from animated movies to sci-fi and horror. I enjoy them for the intricate world-building and exciting scenarios they present, many of which are simply begging for a good writer to come along and expand on those concepts. I want to see the same stuff that got me into the fandom in the first place. Cool and sexy people chasing aliens, government conspiracies, inventive creatures and new worlds waiting to be explored. But it seems most people aren't interested in the same things. All they care about is which character gets to hook up with whom, which pairing is torn apart by a flimsy plot point, or simple PWP (Porn Without Plot).

It's not hard to see why so many single people get depressed when they're made to feel like their life has no meaning unless they find that special someone. But I think everyone has a story worth telling. Everyone. Whether or not it includes a romantic interest. Isn't it enough to tell an exciting story about a brave hero or heroine fighting against incredible odds? Isn't it enough for real, non-fictional men and women to talk about their experiences in war zones or hospitals? Isn't it enough for an insecure teenager, real or fictional, to teach us a lesson about finding their own strength and learning to stand on their own two feet, without needing a love interest to validate them as a person?

If you must insert romance, do it with consideration. Does it enhance the story, does it drive the characters? Could the story stand on its own even if you removed the romantic sub-plot? Or does it exist simply because of some unwritten rule that every story worth telling must include romance or sex in some way?

There is more to life than romance, people.
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Twin-Cats Featured By Owner Edited Jul 31, 2014
Although I don't mind romance, I'll admit that it can be very repetitive.

I have my pairings and I do ship them, but as far as fanfics are concerned...only one of them have some sort of romantic subplot. I usually prefer friendship and family love over romance. :shrug:
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StylishCat100 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You just read my mind, I swear. I mean, my upcoming novel, "A Story of Band Antics" even has a line that says specifically:
 
"Now, reading the above fragment, you might think that this is yet another sappy romance novel starring a bubble-headed nitwit in a quest for true love. In that case, you are terribly mistaken."
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Hermy-one Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'Ear 'ear

so much support for this, can we not just enjoy the characters without pairing them off?
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AskBrickOfBloodclan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:iconangryspongebobplz:-Yeah there's something like a JOB


:iconsadsquidwardplz: -.....


Sorry I had to.
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Arannatist Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i don't really like it how as soon as people break up with someone they are so desperate to find another partner :I
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SlBERlAN Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
amen
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AlinaKitti Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
I've never shipped in my entire life actually. All but one of my books have a romance subplot, and I just realized that yesterday. They don't really need it. As for music I know a few without romance. But still, why's it so important here?
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Sharidaken Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
This is why I have a hard time liking many canon couples from this day :P because people consider focusing way on them than the show itself :no: I don't mind a little romance here and there but why all these cliches from romance to be put into a movie. This is something I'm gonna consider while working in my novel.
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Ginko-333 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed! 
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LaDeary Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree. If done well, romance can make a story interesting, but most of the time it feels rushed and unnecessary. :no: What bothers me is that people seem to like a fandom solely because of their OTP, which is rarely cannon. :| Two character can't even be friends anymore without being shipped. 

And that's why one of my favorite movies is Kung fu Panda. :meow:
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