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How do you guys feel about putting a love interest in a story and reading one, especially when it has nothing to do with the plot?

To be honest, I never saw the point of having one if it doesn't move the plot forward. I personally don't like them because I think they're just thrown in there just to have one. For instance, I read a summary of a book that was inspired off War of the Worlds and it drew me in until I read that last sentence that went something like, "And can he save his love" or something like that.

But again, what do you think about having them in stories?

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I wouldn't add a major character unless they were important to the plot or the development of the other characters. That said--most real people have a love interest or a significant other and it's realistic to portray them that way. But I wouldn't throw them in there just to have them, know what I'm saying?
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In real life people have significant others or love interests so it doesn't hurt to have one if it develops the plot, otherwise its just fodder for the masses as it were. I tend to like the realistic vibe of a story and seeing what the characters feel etc but again only as it relates to the story as a whole.
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My guess is, if you feel like you're "putting" a love interest in the story -- then maybe you shouldn't.
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Would be funny, though, to add in the love interest and have said love interest realize that s/he is actually not necessary but keeps interrupting the plot line anyway. Lol!
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I think I've actually had a love interest kind of like that.
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Kind of like you said, there's no real reason to have a love interest unless it pushes the story along or makes the main character find something in themselves they wouldn't otherwise find (or something to that effect.) I personally don't like romantic plot lines at all, and prefer my stories to not have them. (Which is difficult when you're on a YA reading kick!)
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Seeing as how in today's world love interests have a three drink minimum- I agree with the rest. Only if it contributes to the story. Though you may be surprised at what a love interest could contribute. I never know anything until I start writing. If it popped into your head to put some character in I suggest trying it out. It could be an unconscious thought that could wind up changing your story for the better.
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Yeah I wouldn't add something in if you feel that it doesn't add anything to it. Your writing would probably lack in that area also if you're not fully invested in that story/characters.
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Originally Posted by JoeMatt View Post
I think I've actually had a love interest kind of like that.
Me too. I'm married to her.
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Originally Posted by uncephalized View Post
But I wouldn't throw them in there just to have them, know what I'm saying?
I would, if that's what you want.

I have a series of connected stories where the 'hero' has a love interest; she serves no purpose other than somewhere for him to retreat to when I'm not keeping him busy. He doesn't appear for long periods of time - years sometimes - and she gets on with her life, forms other relationships, but he'll always return and wreck whatever's going on in her life for the sake of having somewhere to stay and someone to sleep with for a few nights.

She serves no purpose, doesn't forward plots, but I like her and how she interacts with him. I like fucking her life up.
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^That is...sadistic. And I like it.
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there is interaction hen there is love
people talk to each other
there is nothing else when there is anything else
nothing is said that is worth a read.
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Would be funny, though, to add in the love interest and have said love interest realize that s/he is actually not necessary but keeps interrupting the plot line anyway. Lol!
Isnt that what most love interests do in real life anyway
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His love life doesn't have to move plot at all. It could just show who he is.

Just be prepared for an editor to trim that portion if it's written lackluster.
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Originally Posted by Mike C View Post
I would, if that's what you want.

I have a series of connected stories where the 'hero' has a love interest; she serves no purpose other than somewhere for him to retreat to when I'm not keeping him busy. He doesn't appear for long periods of time - years sometimes - and she gets on with her life, forms other relationships, but he'll always return and wreck whatever's going on in her life for the sake of having somewhere to stay and someone to sleep with for a few nights.

She serves no purpose, doesn't forward plots, but I like her and how she interacts with him. I like fucking her life up.
gee and that is one purpose right?
wreckage is eventually purposeless.
are you or is she ever going to give because when one learns to expect they eventually give up.
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^That is...sadistic. And I like it.
you like because it is sadistic or because you like the idea>?
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Because it's fun. And, as she's fictional, nobody gets hurt.
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