I’m working through something at the moment and I’m really struggling with an element of it.
The main characters are Eric and Lucy, and at first I was adamant that they weren’t going to be love interests. They main guy and the girl are ALWAYS love interests.
But the more I write, the more I find myself typing a sentence like “Lucy stood behind me and I could feel her presence quite close, her breath hot on my neck,” but then I just think NO! STOP IT DAN!
And I hold backspace until the words are gone and move on with the story.
But is the whole boy falls in love with girl thing too overdone? Or is it like that because that’s how it is in real life, I mean if in real life you had two characters, a charming young man and a beautiful girl and they got on well and they were together all the time, especially in trying circumstances, maybe the human thing would be to take comfort in the other person and fall in love with them, because after all, who knows how long the characters will live, best to have some love in the little life they could possibly have remaining than none at all.
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In The Name of the Wind the love interest of the main character (Kvothe), is this mysterious girl (Denna) who Kvothe keeps bumping into. Throughout the story you can tell she likes him as more than a friend, although she doesn’t act on it due to her being a little messed up. You know Kvothe likes her because the story is in 1st person and he says so. They do share a few intimate moments but nothing ever comes of it due to Denna being quite…odd.
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But I’m still not too sure what to do, there’s pros and cons to each approach but I don’t want a reader to read my story and think “yeah of course they fall in love, what a surprise”