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Oh, the Internet. How you’ve changed the world… and more importantly the Romance Genre.
We Met On the Web probably has the most self explanatory trope title of all time. This trope is defined by two characters meeting each other on the internet and then eventually starting a relationship. Whether they date before or after meeting in real life depends on the story.
I am a big fan of modernizing romance, and We Met On the Web is one of my favorite modes for authors to accomplish this. For a little bit of background, I have had an internet presence for
too many years now. I have made lasting relationships and met multiple of my friends that I’ve made on the internet in real life. I love the idea that two people can met on the internet and later on become an important figure in that person’s “real” life. The romance aspect is the added bonus with this trope.
My favorite version of We Met On the Web is when the couple knows each other in real life, but doesn’t know that they are the person they are speaking to on the internet. Hold Me, one of my favorite New Adult Romances, is also my favorite We Me On the Web book.
Jay na Thalang and Maria Lopez meet through Maria’s blog about potential ways the world will end. They become very close over the course of 18 months of chatting and emailing, and their relationship is veering into romantic territory. One day, Maria meets Jay through her brother. They don’t know that they have been talking to each other this entire time and already know each other. Instead, they end up hating each other while still maintaining their online relationship, unaware they each one is the other.
One of the things I really liked about Hold Me‘s version of We Me On the Web was that Maria and Jay hated each other in real life. Other versions of We Me On the Web that I’ve read, don’t have that. It made the contrast between their online and in person relationship that much more interesting, especially when they found out that they had been talking to each other online for over a year.
My Verdict: Amazing. Just make sure you don’t get catfished.
What do you think of We Met On the Web? Got any favorites, or do you completely hate it?