How do you feel about romantic subplots in stories?
I like romantic subplots which are written well and given sufficient attention. Although sometimes it seems like the protagonist of a story goes through a romantic subplot simply to check that off the list of story items. I tend to think such characters should break up so we can all learn the true value of independence or whatever.
Just to use an example that most people would have heard of, I didn’t like the romantic subplots in Harry Potter. That didn’t seem to serve any purpose, except that any story about a teenage hero has to have a little romance in it. Harry’s relationship with Cho was fine though since they eventually broke up.