Episode 59 – Discussion: Romances We’ve Enjoyed

Gather ’round for this Very Special Episode of Papercuts Podcast, kids, where we talk about romances in a positive way. That’s right, Ollie, Robin, and I are here to vomit glitter and rainbows and happiness into your ears as we fail to discuss healthy YA romances, and instead wail about book personfriends, romancionships, romansionships, OTPs, and the raging trashfires that captured our youthful hearts.

Bright flashing SPOILER WARNING for the Sweep series, the His Dark Materials series, the Forbidden Game trilogy, Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Darkest Part of the Forest, Rilla of Ingleside, Howl’s Moving Castle, the Court of Thorns and Roses series, the Throne of Glass series, the Last Survivors series, Otherbound, Wildthorn, A History of Glitter and Blood, and Ash.


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8 Comments

  • Merriska

    March 15, 2017

    I need to read some of these books instead of all the ones with terrible romances.

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    • Cyna

      Cyna

      March 15, 2017

      Start with Howl’s moving Castleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee <3333333

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  • Jason

    March 15, 2017

    Great topic! I only ever got about halfway through the Sweep series; I love Morgan and never really thought Hunter was good/interesting enough for her, but after this episode I’m interested to finally finish the rest of it and see if that changes.
    I tend to find with YA that when it comes to male/female relationships, I end up getting invested mostly in the platonic pairings, like Rose and Christian from the Vampire Academy series, and Cas and Carmel from Anna Dressed in Blood. They always seem to have better chemistry than the romantic/sexual pairings in the canon; and it’s not that I want these characters to end up in a romantic/sexual relationship, just that I want more of the relationship than tends to be explored.

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    • Ollie

      March 19, 2017

      I totally get that, and I wonder if part of it is how we don’t typically GET to explore m/f platonic friendships. That they usually get shoved into romances, or otherwise just don’t exist. Like, so many YA books barely have fully developed secondary gal characters to be in a developed platonic relationship.

      I haven’t read ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD, but if I come across it some time I might pick it up because of your comment about there being such an interaction even if it doesn’t end up being there enough. :3

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      • Jason

        March 24, 2017

        Definitely pick it up if you get the chance! If nothing else it will give you fanfic urges for that particular platonic pairing, or it has for me anyway :p

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    • Cyna

      Cyna

      March 19, 2017

      I only ever got about halfway through the Sweep series; I love Morgan and never really thought Hunter was good/interesting enough for her, but after this episode I’m interested to finally finish the rest of it and see if that changes.

      It’s entirely possible! I was very young when I read the series, but I really remember Hunter going through the wringer, especially in the final Super Special book x.x Got damn.

      I feel you on the platonic thing, except for me it’s usually platonic f/f, and I wish it weren’t xD Re: the two you mentioned – there’s so much ANGST in the romantic pairings that doesn’t really exist for the platonic ones, so maybe that lack of that just makes the relationships feel more fun?

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      • Jason

        March 24, 2017

        there’s so much ANGST in the romantic pairings that doesn’t really exist for the platonic ones, so maybe that lack of that just makes the relationships feel more fun?

        That’s a possibility that I hadn’t considered – to be honest though I’ve read other stuff by Richelle Mead and I just don’t like her male romantic leads in general :p But yeah, particularly with Rose and Christian there’s a lot more fun to be found. I could have easily read a whole series of them just snarking at each other while kicking ass and bonding over their mutual love for Lissa.

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  • Ollie

    March 20, 2017

    I just realized that all of my listed books here involve one thing: wartime. Hmm. I’l need to explore that.

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