When I write my books, there normally isn’t any romance in them. At all! I mean, I guess if you really wanted two characters to end up being together, you could stretch it (a lot), but for the most part, the relationships in my books are completely
Ah, thank you, Sherlock. I was just getting to that. Well, yes. Platonic means intimate affection between two friends, but not necessarily of the romantic sort. And as Sherlock has so nicely wrapped up into one pointed hand gesture, WE NEED MORE OF IT IN YA! AND GENERAL FICTION TARGETED TOWARD YOUTH!
I find it extremely odd that every single YA book just has to have two characters fall in love. Romantically.
Especially if there’s a female protagonist. Like, HELLO??? You’re SAVING THE WORLD here! Why exactly are you wasting your time? (Note to future self who somehow ends up saving the world: LOOK! EVIL EVIL EVIL! Also I will disown you if you even think about wasting your time when the world is at stake. Unless it’s for a book. THAT is excusable.)
So I have made a list. And invited my dear friend Sherlock to help me out because if he
weren’t fictional wasn’t so busy with his cases in England, we’d be best mates. OBVIOUSLY.
We Need Platonic Relationships Because…
1) These things exist in real life!
Platonic and/or nonromantic relationships exist a lot in real life. I mean, girl-girl friendships are considered platonic and nonromantic, as are boy-boy friendships. And you can have platonic nonromantic relationships between girls and boys, too. I know it’s hard to believe, people, but not every teen’s only desire is to fall in love and get married and live happily ever after.
2) They can be so much more fun than romantic relationships!
I don’t know about you but it gets a bit tiring when two characters are constantly tiptoeing around each other because they both fancy each other and will someday fall in luuuuurrrrveee. It’s so much more fun when the characters just outright get to the point and insult each other.
3) It’s just wrong to tell teens that romantic relationships are the only ones that matter!
Um, okay. If I had to choose between living happily-ever-after and having actual friends, I’d probably choose having actual friends. Besides, isn’t living happily-ever-after the same as owning 72 cats and having a TBR pile the size of the Empire State?
4) WHY NOT???
I KID YOU NOT WHEN I ASK THIS QUESTION. Why not??? It really isn’t thhhhaaattt hard to write a friendship into a book. Or just somebody who the main character isn’t romantically interested in. Authors, I beg of you. Include a grouchy old cat lady (like my future self) with whom the protagonist must engage to get a bag of cat food to save the world! THAT OLD CAT LADY COULD CHANGE LIVES. (And no, this is not me begging for a more exciting future. I will have my books and my cats and that will be all, thank you.)
5) For some reason even VERY SMART PEOPLE are confused by the existence of such things!
(And they make good subplots.)
SHHH, Sherlock. YOU MAY NOT KNOW THIS YET BUT YOU WILL HAVE FRIENDS. (Also, don’t tell him, but: LOOK! Friendships can build character development for very introverted characters!)
6) Even Sherlock has a best friend, so obviously everyone else should, too
(Well, mind you, Sherlock Holmes also has the IQ of a genius, and while he does believe everybody SHOULD have the IQ of a genius too, unfortunately everybody, um, doesn’t.)
7) Well, I mean, Sherlock Holmes just said so, and Sherlock Holmes is always right
And that will be all. Thank you for your time.