Posted by Izzy G. on Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The big reason for this is time. It simply takes too long for a relationship to develop at a reasonable rate when you need something to happen quickly. Novels need to hook readers and make sure they never let go, and that won't happen if people are being bored. It's also hard to have a guy and a girl meet, let close to a year pass by, and then have the action start.
Many of the books I write involve an element of romance, so I know first hand how difficult it is to have the romance be both realistic and timely. I think it's pretty much always going to be impossible to have a perfectly realistic romantic relationship start and develop in a single book, but sometimes the author is able to strike a balance where things don't go too fast while not hindering the plot.
So what do you think about fast relationships in books? Too unrealistic, or are you okay with them?