THIS POST for a refresher. This time, I want to talk about the other most significant (usually) character in a YA book: The love interest.
The same problems that I encounter when trying to write a heroine are cropping up when I start to craft their love interest. Writers who claim they don't put their own likes/dislikes into their love interests are deluding themselves. Why would I want to write about someone I don't find attractive?
The strange thing is that when I'm reading other people's books I fall in book love with many many different types of love interests. I have book crushes on Dimitri Belikov from Vampire Academy, Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road, Will Trombol from Saving Francesca, Finnick from The Hunger Games, Curran from the Kate Daniels books. These boys come in all shapes and sizes. I can see the slight similarities but for the most part they are all different. Yet when I go to write my own love interests they all essentially morph into this:
I think the main issue is that I take the love interest mold and then try to create the plot and everything around an already established, very much fixed character. As than having a character evolve organically. For example: I am plotting a book about angels. Cue Ben Barnes cut out love interest. Before I know it, I've created a million scenarios to fit around his personality. And I try and make him perfect. Despite the fact that my angel character is disenchanted with humanity and is just really over having to save a race of selfish, deceitful humans. I know a snarky, egotistical personality would be more fitting for my angel, but I keep wanting him to be wise and compassionate instead.And this cycle happens again and again in all of my books.
I know that there are no new personalities in book just as there aren't really any new plot ideas, but as a reader, I think I'd get a bored reading about the same kind of love interest all the time. I could try to tweak my love interests, but I'm worried I won't be as interested in them and therefore won't be able to write as strong a character as I intend.
Now that this has turned into a babbling mess of a rant, my real question to you guys is: Who is your all time favourite love interest and why? Are there times when you get bored of reading about one "type" of love interest? And most importantly, would you read a book devoid of love interest material altogether?