This is fun, and also pretty good advice — and I think it applies to a lot of the relationships that work so well in my favorite romance novels:
I think it’s just smart to ask yourself if someone you’re dating would last in the event of the zombie apocalypse. It’s an important consideration. Because dating during a zombie outbreak, while intense, really emphasizes what is important in a relationship. If the person you’re dating isn’t someone who will watch your back, then what’s the point of pursuing that relationship?
I mean, if zombies invaded the early 18th century Scottish setting of Outlander, don’t you think Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser would have still been fine? And, like, zombies invaded Pride & Prejudice, and Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy still kicked ass. They kick ass, even without zombies.
So, I’m just sayin’…it’s not a bad standard to keep in the back of your mind when you’re writing the hero and heroine of your romance novel. The characters might be imperfect, and clash…but at the end of the day, each needs to know (and trust) that the other has his or her back. No matter what.