Have I Lost My Shipping Abilities?
I don't know what is going on with me lately. Before I started blogging or even had an opinion on whether books were good or not (back then, the only factor I weighed in was whether it was boring or not), I used to ship anyone and everyone. It didn't matter whether I liked the love interest or the main character or not, if I knew they were supposed to be together, I would ship it. By the way, I knew they were supposed to be a couple because
a) the main character thought the LI was smokin' hot
b) a weird 'spark' would pass between the two whenever they touched.
Those were the kind of books I read back then, mostly because they were the hugely popular ones and I simply hadn't heard of the unhyped, good books. Either way, I would ship the couple, and I would be happy when they kissed, no matter how soon that was, and I would be happy whenever they said "I love you" no matter how soon it was. I was, what I call, a 'flexible shipper'.
That, quite obviously, has changed.
I started to get pickier about my romances when I discovered the better books and started blogging. Where I didn't mind instant love before, I now despise it. I used to love it when the LI was sooo hot. Now I roll my eyes. I started liking slow-burn, smoldering romances. The kind that makes you go:
I want there to be that sexual tension and real feeling. I want to see a slowly developing romance and I want it to make me squeal. Now, it most certainly isn't impossible to write a book like that. I have read multiple books that made me SHIP LIKE HELL.
But recently? I don't know. I'm feeling like I'm starting to lose my 'shipping abilities'. Is it because I have read so many mediocre romances lately? Is it because I have read too much romances? After all, every book I've read lately (and basically ever) has a romance. I know one exception, and that is Dear Killer. And even that one has a possible ship should you want to ship someone! It's just that there are so many romances out there... I'm starting to feel like I can't be impressed anymore. I want a book with no kissing! I want a book that makes my brain burn because I'm trying to make the charcaters kiss with my nonexistent magical brain powers! I want to ship it like hell!
Unfortunately, I feel that I can't anymore. I don't know why, but I have read a lot of books recently and none of them have made me ship anything. And not all of them were bad books, mind you. There definitely were some great and 5-star books. I just don't feel it anymore. I have lost that connection not to the characters, but to the sparks that are supposedly flying off the page. It's like those sparks have become invisible to me, like I can't feel them anymore. And I want it to stop. Because if I can't enjoy the romance anymore, a huge part of the book will be ruined for me. Not that everything hinges on the romance, but just about every YA book features one. I want my shipping abilities back. I need them back. I want to cheer when they kiss again, I want to swoon, I want to ship everything.
Have you ever felt like you lost your 'shipping abilities'? If so, what did you do? Can anyone recommend me a YA with an AWESOME romance that will surely bring my shipping abilities back?