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Faye’s Thoughts on Book Boyfriends


Something that seems very prevalant at the moment is talk of Book Boyfriends. Lots of #teams spouting up and people gushing over the males in YA books. So today, the day before valentine’s day, I wanted to talk to you about my thoughts over book boyfriends.

All the pretty boys

Seriously. Why are all the boys in YA… drop dead gorgeous? With their sparkling eyes, perject jaws and lovely tousled hair. It’s almost like the authors are afraid teens just wouldn’t understand why the protagonist would fall for an average looking bloke. (I’m sure this isn’t true, just juncture on my part.) But of course, they do. Sure, eye candy is fun sometimes but I really am fed up of the girl always getting the hot guy. It’s not sending a great message – and it’s no wonder boys don’t want to read when thy have no one to relate to in the story.

It’s a triangle… there must be teams!

What is up with all the teams! I probably sound old and cranky now but really? Does every triangle in a book have to have a hashtag correlating to it where fans battle for their love? What is the point in this? The protag has chosen, the boys are fiction and everyone is entitled to like who they want. Right? Or am I just missing something?

It’s all about the boy…

Oh, am I getting fed up with all the YA stories where the main protag gets hung up on a boy. Be it contemporary, fantasy, dystopian… there always seems to be a love interest. Why? Are we incapable of reading stories without love in? Or is it simply that teens only want to swoon in their stories and nothing else? (Or am I seriously just reading all the wrong books?)

Basically, I am so over the romance people. I’m not actively seeking someone in real life and I’m kind of fed up of having it shoved on me in every book I read. Am I the only one who feels this way? Is there something wrong with me?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
(P.s. Don’t forget I DO love books and I DO like some romance in books, I just feel overwhelmed by it all lately!)



  • Rosie

    Yes! Why are they always slightly awkward or pretentious white guys, with tousled hair and a slightly wonky smile and ‘they don’t even know how hot they are’.

    I’m not a fan of triangles either. I love it when an author surprises me with friendships instead of romance *le gasp* or just one love interest.

  • Jessica

    I find myself nodding along to your post! This is why I don’t like reading romance novels or YA; there’s just way too much focus on getting THE boy! Is that all one’s life revolves around?

  • Jessica

    I find myself nodding along to your post! It’s why I don’t like reading romance or YA; it just seems that it’s all about getting the boy! Is that what one’s life is in real life?

  • E.J. Stevens

    I agree with some of your points–I prefer a scarred book boyfriend over a totally perfect one, and the story really shouldn’t be all about the boy–but don’t tell them. Shhh! No, really. I plan on spending Valentine’s Day with ALL THE BOOK BOYFRIENDS. ;)

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