Break the Stereotypical Love

Nia Ramsey, Rants Editor

Love is like a newly bloomed flower, it is beautiful, soft, and full of bursting color. However, in books, love is a hidden thorn ready to draw blood in the common-rooted, stereotypical love story.

How many times have we seen this scenario in popular culture: bad boy meets good girl and suddenly said good girl can not even live without him because, you know, two months is enough time to fall in love. Totally. Now, you have to understand that I am not saying that stories like these are horrible and should be burned, because they can have good stories sometimes. The problem here is that it is written too much, and I think authors are afraid of being different nowadays.

It actually harms writers who use stereotypical love in their stories because for a lot of people, that is a huge push factor. With every reader lost, that is wasted money down the drain and you could have the most unique plot ever, but when you conform while drinking the love potion, you have no one to blame but yourself.

Yes, we may be talking fiction, but fiction can carry on into reality as well. Lots of fiction show that love is something that is instant and that you are suddenly able to give your life up for them.

Most of us know that love is something that takes years to wholly bloom to its fullest capabilities, but when authors throw around Cupid’s arrows like giving a dog a bone, people – teenagers especially – will become more devastated and do harmful things they normally would not do when they go through a tough patch in their relationships because they realize it is not like in the books they read. It may sound a little extreme, but as teenagers we are prone to do stupid things and overreacting. It is proven in our history.

Such love is not realistic.

Also, I will be blunt to say that in mass media and popular culture, the love interests are almost always Caucasian, or they at least take the main stage. Some people will sit and deny this all day long, but it is factual evidence. Take about fifty of the most popular books and entertainment out there today and I guarantee more than half will contain love between a Caucasian girl and boy as the main focal point. Here are a few examples: Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Divergent, Fault in Our Stars, The Notebook, The Judge, Perks of being a Wallflower. The list is endless and you know it.

Please tell me, when did love only exist between one central race? Are others incapable of love, or is it that Caucasian love is the perfect, stereotypical love? I do not know and I have every right to ask this because it is the overwhelming amount of love shown in the mainstream theater. Do not tell me, “well they have a African American couple in there.”

Are they the main couple, are they what the mass talk about to their friends? No.

We should be showing all types of love: interracial, straight and gay, good and bad, everything that is actually in our society, what is normal, what makes love complicated and joyful. Love is not some fabricated dream of a perfect life in a perfect relationship status. Where is the fun in that?

Not only would authors be including more people to feel at home, but they would also break stereotypical love and show that real people, of all forms and colors and everything, matter inside stories.