At the point in time of writing this, I'm reading Eleanor and Park. It's amazing (like perfection...), but it got me thinking. Does YA give us a false image of love?*Note: I'm writing this in the point of view of a girl reading books, but it can work either way with a guy. (Do boys have book girlfriends? If you're a guy, let me know in the comments!!)*
All in time in the bookish world, we reference to "book boyfriends". There are so many! And a lot of people, including myself, say things like "I want a guy like *insert name of book boy here* some day". Because, they, and the romance between the characters, is often flawless and makes us feel all warm inside. The little things they do, the way they look, they like books/can cook/are smart, all things like that, makes us daydream about these guys.
But... Are there really guys like that? Will any of us ever be with a guy like that? The awesome Jamie wrote this post about being married to a non-reader, and it doesn't seem that bad. But I think that maybe YA gives us that image over love as teenagers and as readers.
And, I think there is an illusion as to what being in a relationship is like. It isn't all singing and dancing, is it? (I'm guessing, of course.) And a lot of the time, it isn't forever. It's not our best friend, love at first sight or any of this.
The graphic on the left is just a few examples of book boyfriends! I have loads from standalones, but these are a few from various hyped books and series. Park, Tobias, Peeta, Draco and Simon are a few of mine, and I added Jace and Ron for a little variation ;)