Love. Most basic of emotions. It can be felt towards another person, or an activity, or even an inanimate object (we all understand that last one, I love my Wii). Most people feel love at at least one point in their lives, whichever sort of love it may be. So how on Earth did Stephenie Meyer mess it up so bad? Love isn’t being beaten up and threatened to be eaten by your boyfriend’s family, nor is it being stalked by him, nor even is it having your blood drained by him. There’s a difference between commitment, and becoming an undead glittery aberration against nature.
It’s not easy to write a love story, but it isn’t as hard as Meyer seems to have shown. Developers have been writing love stories for years now; from the obvious star-cross’d lovers separated by class, to the unconventional trysts, to the downright unhealthy infatuations. Yet even these simple stories outdo Meyer’s abysmal attempt at depicting love, as you will soon see (okay, so not every romance in this list is simple and straightforward, but at least I don’t use the word “alabaster” every paragraph). They may not all be ideal, but at least they are all believable. So now, come glance with me through Nintendo’s Little Black Book.