Confession time: I have no real problem with insta-love.
And now the clarification…
I’ve read a lot of reviews that come from people who straight up HATE insta-love as a romantic plot device and I can get that. It does seem irrational and can be frustrating. However, I’ve seen it in real life. I’ve felt it. So it’s difficult for me to back the idea that it’s unrealistic.
Love is an emotional and chemical response that defies logic. It doen’t make sense half the time and on occasion, it crashes into you like that proverbial bull into his ill-fated china shop. Sometimes, love grows from like or from what you thought was hate, and sometimes, you wake up one morning and realize that you’re irrevocably in love with the person you’ve spent your life thinking of as your best friend.
Love is weird.
So I can never look at a love story and say it’s unrealistic.* There are some love stories I wish weren’t glorified in the way they were, but those are things I can find ways to avoid.
But those are the reasons I don’t have a problem with insta-love, or friend love or any other portrayal of love, really.
*please note, there are love stories that are wrong and that have very little in the way of actual love, but those exist in real life too… so again, I can’t call them unrealistic.