Books, Blogging and Everything Else: Love in YA, Blog posts, and Ideal Vacations

Books, Blogging and Everything Else is a discussion meme that I created. For each of the three topics (Books, Blogging and Everything Else...duh!) I'll pick a question for each and please feel free to discuss and post.


Hello my lovelies :) Hopefully your summer so far has been great and book-filled. Today's question has been seen across the blogosphere, in several different memes, and I wanted to add my take on it, as well as hear yours:

In YA books, do you prefer love-triangles or insta-love?

Ah, yes. The ongoing question as to which is better. Welllll... this is a difficult one because both have their ups and downs.

Love Triangles. Some of these have been FABULOUS, for example, Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey series. WOW. Okay, I've not been so confused as to who to pick. One minute I was Team Ash, another Team Puck. But then eventually, here's the thing about love triangles: they'll always end. The girl can't end up with two guys, and two guys can't have the same girl. Love triangles are short-lived, and sometimes, can end in disappointment, depending on which team you're in. BUT BUT BUT. In a lot of books, I'm noticing that it's often very clear which team you're supposed to be on. Like, the author's clearly pushing you towards that guy. Anyway. It can be confusing. 
And here's another thought: have you ever seen a love triangle in YA lit where the guy has to pick between two girls? I was just thinking about it when I was typing this paragraph up, and I've NEVER seen it (so far). If you have, PLEASE let me know whether or not, because it's something original for me!

Insta-love. Okay, I'm not gonna lie: I'm not too big a fan of this. It's kind of weird... a guy and a girl (or guy and a guy, or girl and a girl) see each other and BAM! they both fall in love with each other. *shakes head*. NOOO. Love totally needs to blossom, that's my view! Otherwise, it's just infatuation and short-lived. Yeah, sure love-triangles end fast too, but on the weird journey where they decide which person to fall for, they consider their options and actually get to know the person. With insta-love, well, it's instant. That's what I hate.

There seems to be a clear winner of what I'd pick here. Love triangles over insta-love any day for this gal.


I was reading a post by the lovely Mimi @ Mimi Valentine, her question was: Do you plan your posts ahead of time?. I think this is an excellent question which she chose to discuss on, so here's a variation of the question:

How do you go about posting blog posts? Is it immediate publication or scheduled ahead of time?

This question fits perfectly because I'm on vacation in India where I thought there would be no internet at my summer house. I was scared of that possibility, so before I left home I planned WAY ahead of time. I scheduled tons of reviews, meme posts and such so that you all could be entertained when I was away. Turns out I didn't have to worry too much because our house had internet. BUT THEN... we decided to go to Ladakh (this place in Northern India) for sightseeing for two weeks and then came panic mode. I quickly made posts and scheduled them. And now, I'm kind of stuck on them. I don't have to wake up and worry that I'll have to post something with a deadline of today. I always manage to keep two scheduled posts ahead of the latest published one, and this system is totally working for me.

and Everything Else...

Well, nothing too big is going on with me, because I'm stuck here for another week, doing nothing but blogging and reading (I know, sounds like heaven when I put it like that, but trust me, I haven't really set foot out of this apartment very much). SO... here's the last question of the day:

If you had the chance to go on your ideal vacation, what would you do? Where would you go?

WELLL... I've travelled a lot, I must say, because of moving countries every 2 to 4 years, and I really prefer to relax during the vacation, because my family and I end up going somewhere ALL the time, for almost EVERY vacation that I have (and the school that I go to gives quite a bit). I could say a million places I'd want to visit, like Italy, Peru, New Zealand, Hawaii (been there...but I was like, 2?? GAH parents are so unfair)– but honestly, right now I can say, home would be good, because I've done too much at the start of the holiday, such as climbing like a bajillion stairs of millions of monasteries to eating Momo's, and so I need to REALLY relax.

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That's it for todays BBandEE, so please feel free to answer in the comments, make your own post and leave a link etc. because it's already half-way through summer and school is coming closer by every second (dan-dan-DAAAANNN). Not to be a downer!!! Sorry. But anyway, hope you're having a fab vacay :)


  1. We prefer love triangles that mean something -- where the two love interests symbolize some sort of choice the hero/ine has to make, besides just "which one is hotter?" And yeah, we're not big on insta-love. Seems like no one really is (at least not anymore) and yet still it's being written about so much...

    The 4 of us take turns, so blogging schedule isn't as big a deal. We do have a couple "emergency features" for when something comes up and the scheduled person can't do their week. Sarah's a champ, though, and posts Twitter roundups EVERY Tues!

    As for "everything else," we wish we were traveling as much as you! But we can also appreciate spending time with our loved ones in our home base. So you know, it's all about balance. As with most things in life, eh? ;P

  2. Wow, that's a lot of moving. I'm sure it's a pain to pack and unpack and make new friends and all that, but I can't help but be a little envious of all the terrific experiences and stories you'll have to tell! Enjoy your vacation!

  3. I'm with you. Insta-love is really annoying. I hate love triangles too but if I had to choose between insta-love and LT. I'd choose the LT.

  4. Lol. I totally know what you mean about the parents being unfair. Mine took me to Italy when I was nine months old. NINE MONTHS!!!! I was like...couldn't you have waited until I could actually, you know, REMEMBER the trip?!?!? Haha. :)

  5. I prefer almost anything to insta-love :-)

    With my main blog I have about a month scheduled in advance (although I often change it), but my book blog just gets posts as and when I finish books, etc.

  6. If I had to choose, I'd choose Love Triangles as well. As far as blogging goes, I like to schedule ahead of time. Then I feel like I have nothing to worry about and that I'm in no rush to read faster so that readers can see a review.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. Oh I'd definitely choose the love triangle over insta-love any day!! Nothing bugs me more than an insta-love relationship in a book!


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