On Saturday, in between writing, I started and finished reading the book “The statistical improbability of love at first sight” by Jennifer E Smith. The new YA romance was a quick read, which is how I managed this. It tells the story of a boy and girl who meet at the airport and spend 24 hours together.
Writing about romance is tricky because you want it to be dramatic and swoon worthy but have some reality to it. Although it’s hard to believe in books or movies when people fall in love in like an hour, I liked the fact the book is over 24 hours and they spend a lot of that time together. It’s fast but it kept me believing. I do like romance so books and movies can quite easily sweep me up with them, leaving the time factor behind.
I’m actually more skeptical when it comes to real life. I just don’t trust the love at first sight notion. I think it makes people turn away from relationships because there’s no instant epic love story, people don’t want to take the time to know each other. Celebrities are to blame with this too. How often does a celeb couple rush into marriage and then break it all off less than a year later? What’s the rush? True love should be given time blossom and be cherished.
This post will no doubt haunt me in the future when I tell you all I’m getting married after 6 weeks or something crazy like that 🙂
Do you think love at first sight exists?