Top Ten Tuesday, a concept started by The Broke and the Bookish, is a themed post that connects bloggers to bloggers, bloggers to readers, and readers to readers. Every Tuesday has a special topic, and this Tuesday is Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When it Comes to Romances in Books.
What an interesting topic! A lot of what I enjoy about romances in books can also be things I dislike as well. Sometimes it all boils down to the writing — how the characters and their situations are portrayed. We’ll start with Dislike so that the post ends on a high note!
Five Things I Dislike* When it Comes to Romances in Books
*It all depends on the writing
- Insta-love — Sometimes this works. Most of the time it’s just annoying.
- Bickering — When the dialogue is all “witty banter” and suddenly it’s love, I roll my eyes and close the book. That’s not witty. That’s bickering, and it’s unoriginal.
- All Sex, No Depth — Don’t get me wrong, sex scenes are great, but that’s not enough to constitute love and romance. That’s just pure physical fun. It’s extra frustrating in YA when it happens too quickly into the story.
- Love Triangles — Just…why? Sometimes I understand if the protagonist has a long-time crush at the start of the novel and about halfway she likes someone else, but…do we need to have love triangles all the time? YA is notorious for this.
- Totally Hot Guys — Why is it (again, notorious in YA) when she meets the guy, he’s always super chiseled and muscular and beautiful? I mean, there were some hot guys when I was a teenager but they definitely weren’t marbled gods. (I just about cried when I met Levi in Fangirl. What a relief!)
Five Things I Like When it Comes to Romances in Books
- Depth — Several of my favorite romances begin with an established friendship, comfort, honesty and understanding. Whether or not the romance blossoms slowly or rapidly, if it has depth, I love it.
Discovery of Witches, Winter Witch, Outlander, Letters from Skye
- The Rush — You know the feeling! Your heart’s beating fast, you’re rooting for the couple, it feels just like your very first crush. Heck, it feels like that very first time you meet any love interest, so full of possibility.
Anna and the French Kiss, Just One Day, The Bronze Horseman
- Total Honesty — When the characters are completely honest with one another, whether or not they’re together at the time…it just makes my heart flutter.
Fangirl, Rebel Belle, Seraphina
- The Tension — Cause heck, who doesn’t love tension? Sexual tension, repression, emotional tension, all brilliant.
A Mad, Wicked Folly, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Clockwork Angel
- Teamwork — When the couple works together as a team, not necessarily putting their love before anything else but at least making it just as equal as whatever else they’re passionate about, that’s when you know it’s real.
The Night Circus, The Truth About Forever, Shadowfell
What do you like most about romances in books? What grates your nerves? Do you notice differences in adult and YA?