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And this is a movie that's been deemed a "faithful" adaptation of the book! Are my classmates and I just totally out-of-touch with what is traditionally considered romantic? Or in this case, tragi-romantic?
Part of the YA market may depend on that answer. The old formula for a good romance - heaving chests, heartfelt speeches, handy misunderstandings, and dramatic exits - has been relied on for a long time, even in YA. (See: that word that rhymes with Wilight.) But is that kind of romance effective in modern times? Does it resonate with today's teens - or does it just induce giggles?
Of course, it depends on the teenager. One of my friends was enraptured through all of Cathy and Heathcliff's staring contests, and she's also a big fan of YA books with a passionately loving heroine and an emotional,
|Young Leo can gaze into my eyes anytime.|
So when it comes down to it, are today's teens out-of-sync with the classic romance codes? On one hand, it seems obvious the answer is NO: modern teens (at least a large amount of them) enjoy Intensely Dramatic Classic-Style Romances perfectly well, thank you very much, and they'll buy millions of copies of YA books to prove it.
On the other hand, it seems one could easily argue YES. Sure, this type of romance may resonate with a certain segment of teens - an excited, willing-to-buy segment - but what about everyone else? What about the eye-rollers and the not-so-engaged? Is romance in YA not alienating a whole share of teens by relying on, or at least often using, this model?
I'd love to hear what you guys think. Have teens' definitions of what makes a good romance changed in modern times? What is the average modern teen's relationship with what the market is offering? And if change is in the air, what do you think is replacing or has been replacing the Old Guard? Any other thoughts? Sound off in the comments!