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For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, the list is…
~Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romance In Books~
1. Friends that turn into significant others
I love when childhood friends get together, though I don’t have an example for that. I also like when friends later in life, become more.
Ex. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
2. One Night Engagements
There’s something magical about two main characters (re)connecting over a (mostly) one night engagement.
The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
3. Slow-Burning Romance
I love romances that are slow burning where the two characters just get closer and closer and closer until they realize (finally) that they totally belong together.
Ex. I’ll Meet You There
4. Banter banter banter banter banter banter banter
I like characters playing around with each other. I love the sarcastic remarks too.
Ex. I’ll Meet You There (again)
5. Subplot Romance
I don’t really like heavy romance books, I know, that will probably shock all of you….But I like my romance to be more suble and just a subplot. I’d rather not have the couple obsessing over each other. Though they can spend all the time they want together, there just has to be a bigger focus on something else.
I hope I didn’t just contradict myself…
Ex. Free To Fall by Lauren Miller
6. Tragic Ending
I’ll admit it, I love a tragic ending. I’m not going to get into that now though because that’s a discussion for a later date (seriously, I’m planning it).
No examples because I don’t want to spoil anything. Ha.
Well, maybe one.
7. Grand Gestures
Ex. Just Like The Movies by Kelly Flore
This is a given, right? I like moments that make me smile and lose my breath and have to put the book down for five minutes just to take it all in.
1. Accidental Meetings
I hate the whole “accidental” meeting where two leads bump into each other. Just no.
2. They’re Destined For Each Other
Please, none of that curious wonder either like “Oh…I have to know her” inner monologue stuff.
Well, look at that, interesting how The Vampire Diaries uses both of these.
3. Hate-to-Love Relationships
Now, I mean, “hate” to “love”. Like two characters totally and completely hate each other or just don’t get along…but you know they’re going to get together.
Ex. The DUFF (which I loved)
4. Instant “Love”
This one goes without saying though, right?
I don’t have an example for this. I’ve never read a story where two characters automatically fall in love.
I’m going to have to be more specific about this, aren’t I?
I hate drama where two characters can’t/won’t get into a relationship because of a simple misunderstanding. Or just an overly high amount of drama (Oh, hi Anna and The French Kiss.
This obviously doesn’t need to be said, right? I don’t even think it fits n this TTT, but I’m throwing it in there anyway just because it makes me so angry.
Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton
And okay, maybe all of the characters didn’t “mean” to cheat, but I don’t care. They still did and they didn’t see anything wrong with it, at least one of them anyway.
7. Love Triangles
Like no, no. No. Just go away. Go far far away. I hate books with love triangles. The only one I could stand has been, ironically enough, a book I didn’t care for very much, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, though it’s clear who the main character would end up with. Or Catching Fire, I liked the love triangle between Katniss, Gale and Peeta if only because Katniss wasn’t obsessive over it and didn’t analyze every little thing.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (#1) by Jenny Han
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
8. WHEN PEOPLE ARE TOGETHER FOR NO REASON.
Like you know what I mean? You meet the main character, you meet the guy/girl opposite of them. And the main character’s all like “Omg, I like her/him” and then it turns out they’re already dating someone even though that person is “bad” or what have you.
I AM LOOKING AT YOU ST. CLARE AND LOLA!
Oh, hi there. No, I hate dialogue like that. Just ugh.
11. Dialogue Like This
10. The Ex’s Reapparance
When the freaking ex shows back up in front of their ex and is like….
(From the movie, A Walk To Remember)
Belinda: I guess you’re with who you should be. It’s like she chose you.
Landon: I don’t even know why.
Belinda: I do.
Would you believe A Walk To Remember is one of my favorite romance movies? It is.
11. “Oh, You Taste Sweet”, blah blah blah Stuff”
Like no, I’m not buying it. . .
Okay, truthfully I don’t have any…experience in that department, ahem…but that’s irrelevant. I still don’t buy it! I mean gosh, Josh says (about Skylar in I’ll Meet You There), “I bet she tastes sweet like those powdered white doughnuts”. Like what? Can someone please clear this one up?
So that’s way over ten, I pretty much listed every romance thing I like and dislike that I can think of. I really loved this week’s list. Enjoy and link me yours. 🙂