When I finished reading Corruption the other night, it got me thinking about ships. In my review, I said I loved the ship, and I also loved the book. And I started to wonder… would I love the books I love if I didn’t love the ship? Currently I am reading a book where I enjoy the plot, but I am not a fan of the relationship. And to be honest, it is putting a bit of a damper on my enjoyment.
So I asked myself… would I have adored Mockingjay as much if my ship hadn’t sailed? Would Ignite Me be on my “favorites” list if Juliette had made different choices? I decided to do a bit of an… experiment to see how things shook out when I looked at books I loved versus books I… didn’t love. And for the sake of fairness, I didn’t add any books that didn’t feature romance (duh) or had several POVs/main romances.
The Books I Loved
Well, that seems… skewed. I looked for books where I didn’t love the romance and still rated it five stars…. and basically they don’t exist. There are books that didn’t have a romance that I rated five stars- but none where I disliked the romance.
Now, the ones I… did not love.
I feel like this is much more interesting. Because I did actually like a few of these romances! But sometimes, that was the only thing I liked. And more often than not, I disliked them. Or was apathetic toward them. (Or hated them so much they got two thumbs down, because that book deserves the fiery pits of hell, but I couldn’t locate that particular clipart.)
Yeah, I think that a crappy romance can doom a book- at least, to the extent that it probably isn’t going to be a favorite if I dislike the romance. But a romance also cannot save a book that isn’t otherwise good.