Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:05 pm
You know, I never was a fan of the Princess-Knight pairing, anyway. But can we get away from the "Zelda and Link totes in love" idea? I would really find it much more interesting, if the love interest (or implied love interest) was NOT the princess.
You know, I seem to recall you complaining when Ilia was the "implied love interest" in Twilight Princess because their relationship still
wasn't interesting. Otherwise, I don't disagree, per se. Zelda and Link don't have to be paired up, but it'd be nice if they actually gave it some substance when they were.
The way I see it, there's three ways to handle romance in a story.
A: The romance is the focal point, meaning the entire story only works because of the romance. Remove that, and you no longer have a story.
B: The romance is important, but it's not the main focus. This one requires better writing to work well. The romance must make sense in light of the characters and the way they're written, it will likely cause characters to react to situations in ways they might not if they were just friends with the other person, and most importantly, it must never detract from the main focus. No long, drawn out scenarios of resolving pointless drama between the two, or overly long fluff scenarios that seem out of place in the story.
C: The romance is unimportant, and mainly serves as a way to give characters some background. The story works regardless of the love interest's existence, but it's in the story anyway just to make sure your cast isn't completely filled with romantically unattached people. The condition that it not detract from the main focus still applies.
I recall A Link Between Worlds handling it with method C, at least, for a previous Link and Zelda incarnation. Otherwise, it didn't really seem to be there in that one. Skyward Sword could be considered as handling it with method B, but your mileage may vary as to how well they handled it. Could have used some more substance, imo, but at least it didn't horribly detract from the main focus.