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Embracing Instalove In
You don’t know when you’ll die, so yolo.
If the world is bleak as heck and you’re unsure if you’ll wake up tomorrow, wouldn’t you try to live every moment to its fullest? Sure, you can try spinning the wheel of fate hoping to survive but sometimes that’s not enough to get by. I mean, c’mon, if you’re dodging Death every eight minutes, I think you owe it to yourself to be a bit more lenient on your expectations on life. Any semblance of romance in post-apocalyptic environments—be it forbidden, love-shapely, or instalove—should be embraced with open-arms because YOLO.
(I’m completely serious.)
But perhaps you like to be alone. Or maybe you’re extremely hopeful in surviving and finding your OTP. There’s nothing wrong with either option. It’s just that while you choose how you think you ought to live…sometimes life chooses for you, and you just gotta run with it. I’m not dismissing slow-burning romances. It’s just that these love-at-first-sight feels might actually have something going for them.
It seems common to merge contemporary idealism [regarding romance] with the gritty realism of harsh, danger-ridden environments but is that a realistic approach? Friendships, in theory, would be difficult to come by in a Darwinist culture and the onus on cultivating that prerequisite in order to attain romance isn’t always the best alternative. There can be romances that develop over time but there should also be the possibility of relationships happening instantaneously—based on insatiable lust and attraction, (or maybe not)—and these tropes shouldn’t always be quickly cashed in as storytelling flaws or shallow romances if it fits the imagined setting. This isn’t to say that you’ll be forever branded as sleazy (although I’m sure naysayers will raise their pitchforks at the thought), it’s that you have one life to live and you’re essentially living on borrowed time.
So go forth and enjoy that dodecahedron romance with every character archetype you come across. And hey, if the enigma that’s out to get you is actually the one you just got together with, at least you’ll have that to take with you into the afterlife.
Gosh that was random—I’m not really sure what I can ask LOL.
- Does your thoughts on instalove change when looking at it through the scope of a post-apocalyptic world? Should it?
- How do you find the precedent of romance within post-apocalyptic doom-and-gloom themed novels? Does it stray too far from true survivalist behaviours?
- If you’re dodging bullets or narrowly escaping death every moment of your life, do you think that would affect your standards on romance?
During a recent Top Ten Tuesday list, there was a lot of chatter regarding the overwhelming dislikes in romance to delve into instalove. And you know me, I totally thought, “I wonder if I can challenge that?” Yes, yes I can. This will likely be the shortest think piece ever.