How Mates Can Undermine Romantic Tension {Writing Analysis & Discussion}


The word “mate” in relatively new in YA fiction, but the soulmate trope certainly isn’t.

While not my favorite trope to write, I don’t actually mind reading about it. I think we all like the idea of knowing there is someone out there who’s your perfect other half.

However, having read a lot of these books I’ve noticed couple of themes and writing flaws that often go hand-in-hand with this trend. I’d like to discuss the two main hangups, and how it plays into the romantic tension and character growth.

Important disclaimer: Though I’m about to get critical, there’s nothing wrong with using this trope! It’s a lot of fun to play around with. This post is simply highlighting some flaws and inconsistencies that I’ve noticed that bring the writing down. Consider this a post to help you think, not to discourage you from using it.

Sections of this post:
+ Why Do We Write Soulmates?
+ Expectations Before Emotional Investment
+ Redemption Through the Relationship
+ Independent Character Arcs

Spoilers: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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