I do, however, have a 'thing' when it comes to Forced Romance. You will have seen it many times - Two people who dislike each other and/or are not looking for any kind of relationship, instantaneously and often miraculously develop a deep, energetic love for each other.
I, uh... well, you wouldn't call me a fan.
It's become so frequent in films recently that many of my friends have come to believe I am not a fan of romance at all. Pure slander of course, but an understandable impression as the Romantic Sub-Plot has become more obligatory than credits.
True, it does appeal to the female demographic. And yes, it often provides boyfriends with the 'and they fall in love' argument - allowing men the world over to see films their better-halves would never normally agree to.
These are both noble pursuits, but luckily that doesn't mean the Romance has to be a pinned-on optional accessory. It doesn't really do anyone any favours in the long run; not the females, not the boyfriends, not better-halves and certainly not the film.
So, now I'm working under this self imposed Either-Or, and invite one-and-all to join me:
1. The Romance is planned from the beginning, to be an integral part of the story and to be relevant to both the characters and the themes.
2. There is no Romance.That way, hopefully we may avoid such 'resolutely unlikely' partnerships as in Titan AE where the two Romantic leads (who had met only once before and irrationally hated each other) magically knew the other's name as they made out at the end. Or the quite supernaturally out of character one-night stand in Gabriel.
Or, you know... maybe it's just me.