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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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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 Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed! 
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LaDeary 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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The Sims 3 seems to think otherwise.
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SpiderwebWisher Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Tell that to Stephanie Meyers.
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That's what i think to and it's funny came across that, i have written some romances and that's fine i mean i like it. But currently I'm writing a story about the Mafia, a family story about a uncle taking care of his Nephew. And at first i wondered should i put someone with the uncle, but honestly i made that character so he's never gonna get a love interest. Cause some people just never date and there not into that, sides there's so many love stories and such i can hardly find a movie even Disney movies the ones i can really find where the main characters aren't with someone.

Are Treasure planet and Brave.

And honestly i loved brave it had a good strong female character without a man, nothing against men mind you. I've come to realize though not every story needs that happily ever after to make it a good story, i mean you could have a story with family values or close comfort to lets say like my story a uncle.

Life isn't about romance its about finding you're self and being able to hold you're own without someone there. Sure i don't necessarily love being single i get lonely, but i can hold my own without a relationship and seeing romance and the same old thing time to time to time gets old.
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Otakumori Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, so true. Romantic plots are getting more and more repetitive and boring. Why can't a story more focus on the friendship between the characters instead of the old love routine? It's time for something new, don'tcha think?^^
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Time-Signature Sep 29, 2013  Student General Artist

...OH, I'm not alone! 

Thank you!

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Time-Moose Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Precisely. There's a Time Lord to find. X3

Only movies I could think of so far are: The Hobbit, People Under the Stairs, Stand and Deliver, Freedom Writers, Beatlejuice(?), Lord of the Flies, Homeward Bound, there's quite a few Benji's (the one with Lizard Tongue and the boy with the dog breeder father), The Borrowers, Baby' Day Off (?), Willow(?), Brothers (the tiger movie), Watership Down(?), the movie with the TERRIBLE school and the black principle makes it better, Vantage Point(?), this movie that had a scene where the two black dudes accidentally ran over the China man, 300(?), Little Mermaod 2(?), Pinnochio, Fly Away Home, Babe(?), Charlie the Chocolate Factory, Charlotte's Web, all Home Alones, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, etc.

Disgaea3 School of Devils, Young Miss Holmes (the latest)

Sail :trollface:

Darkness, I Listen :icontrollmorphplz:
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PeachyPuppyGirl30 Mar 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Those are good examples. :nod:

However, you'll notice that many of those movies were either adapted from books aimed at slightly older children, have a love interest somewhere in the background/backstory or, in the case of the Hobbit, there is a sequel which includes a romantic subplot (not that I don't like it, though). Just wanted to point out. :)
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