Romance, if not checked, may mean wasting time, effort and dignity. Besides, the concept of love in Islam is very unique, when a Muslim loves something or somebody, it must be for the sake of Allah; the same applies to hatred.
The romantic notions that occupy the mind of young people often have proven in most cases to be unrealistic and harmful to those involved.
Islam has given this freedom of choice to both young men and women - they cannot be forced into a marriage that they don't want.
Of course, the principles of Islam prohibited such barbarism – regardless of what was widespread at the time.
There is no room in Islam for illicit affairs or the Western vogue-word of boyfriend and girlfriend.
All those stories of media and movies are not helpful to make a person comply with the teachings of Islam.
In fact, the Prophet (sws) has told us that those who follow the right path will always be ‘different’ or ‘strange’ to the mainstream.
In one beautiful hadith, the Prophet (sws) says: “Islam began as something strange, and will revert to being strange as it began.