Romance and love can outrank magic, technology, or even a Physical God
, in influence on the progression of a story. But how it influences the story is a crapshoot.
Love acts as a Fixer Sue
or Deus ex Machina
, overcoming all.
Love is an Artifact of Doom
, corrupting even unambiguously good people who lack the willpower to sacrifice their relationships for their morals into a Face-Heel Turn
. Murder mystery series seem to love this one.
Love is an Artifact of Death
, bringing doom and pain to all who encounter it.
Love is an embodiment of the Rule of Drama
, making life unnecessarily complicated.