PLATONIC LOVE AND WHY IT NEEDS TO BE REPRESENTED MORE OFTEN IN BOOKS

Why is that I can’t seem to read a book without a hero and heroine making googly eyes at each other? While I do love my healthy sinnamon romantics, I still groan at romance in books. Like, why? Can we just overthrow the patriarchy without attachments?

Okay, okay, perhaps I’m going a bit too far. But let’s face it, romance and its representation in books tend to be eschewed. Love is always interpreted as raging hormones and sex, rarely do we read of it in its most simple and innocent form. This type of representation is harmful for any reader – adult and teens. Firstly, it erases asexuality. Secondly, it sends a message that a relationship cannot thrive without an entire commitment of body and soul. That we only ever belong to one person.

WHY DO WE NEED MORE PLATONIC LOVE IN BOOKS?

LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND 

It’s true but this does not necessarily mean it should be romantic love! Love is allowed to exist in the smallest gestures. Throughout the course of your life we come across many people who we’ve come to love. A wedding band is just as important as friendship bracelet. That a vow need not be said at the altar to bind two souls.

IT TEACHES US OF A LOVE BEYOND SEX

By understanding this, we soon learn how to nourish and care for another without even having to touch them. It shows that intimacy is not reserved for sex alone.

LOVE IS NOT AN EMOTION

And finally, when we uplift platonic love we show that love is not a constant emotion but are an amalgamation of our intentions, our actions, and our words. Imagine love as a taspestry woven from acts like staying up at night with a depressed friend, buying lunch for your sibling, helping a coworker move. It laughter, humility, generosity, and protectiveness woven into a blanket to keep the two of your warm.

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BOOKS WHICH UPLIFT PLATONIC LOVE & FOUND FAMILY

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Happily by Chauncey Rogers 📚

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn 📚

No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli  📚

Tradition by Brendan Kiely 📚

How We Learned to Lie by Meredith Miller 📚

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao 📚

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik 📚

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16 thoughts on “PLATONIC LOVE AND WHY IT NEEDS TO BE REPRESENTED MORE OFTEN IN BOOKS

  1. I love romance in books, but I can see what you are saying and agree there should prolly be more books without it. I just got done reading Vicious, and while I definately wouldn’t call it uplifting, I loved the relationship dynamics that had nothing to do with romantic love at all!

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