Diana specifically requested that I post this:
Are there any YA fantasy novels that DON'T have romance in them?
If so, what are they?
Note: she says it's not that she's exactly opposed to romance, but rather that she is genuinely curious.
And the truth is, I don't know the answer. Part of me thinks that having romance is what makes some publisher somewhere stamp YA on the manuscript. In a casual family survey, all we've come up with is Tolkien, who wasn't ever labeled that way, so it's hard to know if he really counts as fantasy YA (ditto LeGuin?).
But my readers seem to know a lot more about things than I do (for which I am profoundly grateful). What do you think?