Discussion: Romance While Saving the World

February 19, 2016     erinthebooknut     Discussion, Feature, Rant


Think about this for a second: you are the world’s last chance for survival. Perhaps a dystopian government is ruining everything or some magic has gone wild and will destroy everything. No matter the reason, you are the chosen one, the only person who can turn things around. Ok, great, so here are some of the things that are probably on your mind:

  • Holy crap, this is all on me.
  • Gotta have a plan.
  • Don’t screw up, don’t screw up, don’t screw up!
  • I really hope I don’t die.
  • I really hope my family doesn’t die.
  • Depending on the situation VENGEANCE IS MINE!
  • God, that bad guy/government leader/overlord is a DICK!

What you’re probably not thinking:

  • Hey look, a hot guy.
  • I want to do that hot guy.
  • I want to marry that hot guy.
  • I want to have that hot guy’s babies.

Does it seem to anyone else that some of our MCs are preoccupied with the wrong thing? FORGET THAT HOT GUY! Save the world, then you can think about dating.

Seriously, how do you have time to be in a relationship when you’re saving the world? I don’t care how much you love him, get your head in the game! You won’t be able to be with him when you’re dead.

I bugs me to DEATH when an MC is in the middle of a really important moment for saving all of man kind and she’s thinking about her beau. We’re not all boy crazy, so our MCs shouldn’t be either. It’s not all the time, but it’s often enough that I get frustrated. I didn’t date at all in high school, not every teenager only has boys on their mind. Trust me.

So let’s try for more female characters in fantasy, paranormal, and dystopian that put the boys aside for a little while and do their thing. That’s all I’m asking.

What about you? Do you think someone can have a relationship while saving the world?


From my shelf to yours,



One response to “Discussion: Romance While Saving the World

  1. YES! I agree 100%!! To me it’s very unlikely to find love, or at least as fast as MCs do, in a world that is under a dystopian government and all that bad stuff happening around them. Like many of us have a hard time or sometimes never find someone until later in life to fall in love with under normal life circumstances. It would be more likely to have a family member or friend to go along with the world saving/surviving thing.

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