Tuesday, February 10

Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hello dearies. Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is: The Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books. I chose to write five things I dislike, and five things I like because I'm not sure I'd be able to gather ten to either one of these. Anyhow, I hope you'll enjoy my list. 

Five Things I Like When It Comes To Romance In Books

1. Slow-developed romance

2. Love/Hate relationship

3. Friends developing feelings towards each other

4. Forbidden love 

5. Making him/her suffer
I detest when they simply forgive even the biggest thing without a second thought. 


Five Things I Dislike When It Comes To Romance In Books

1. LOVE TRIANGLES
The worth things in the word.

2. Instalove 
So freaking unbelievable but there are some examples.

3. Jerks who become nice guys out of the blue because apparently the heroine - who they met 5 minutes ago - is the love of their lives.
Meh.

4. Forgiving cheating
(I'm talking about YA and NA novels. I don't feel "mature" enough to justify, say, a married couple's relationship. But if (s)he cheats on you while you're young (YA, NA) then there's honestly not much to expect in the future.

5. Overuse of sweetheart, baby etc. 
This is incredibly cute, I think but some authors fall overboard and then it's just simply cheesy.


Well, that was all for today. Not that long of a list, huh? Share with me yours because I don't think I could have come up with any more things even if I had sat above it for days. 

18 comments:

  1. Accepting cheaters is worse than cheating itself.Unless there is a lot of groveling involved I don't think it's right to forgive infidelity.
    The last thing annoys me a lot!Have you ever read Need?The couple in the book call each other baby to the point where I wanted to vomit!

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    1. Yes, and I hate when novels encourage me to forgive a guy who cheated. Most girls are self-conscious as it it, they do not need to be told that they should forgive being mistreated that way.
      I planned to but then heard it wasn't really good. Meh, that sounds horrible.

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  2. Cheating is unacceptable in both fictional worlds and reality, so I really don't like when characters accept cheaters. It makes things so unrealistic. Great choices!

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  3. The "baby" thing makes me cringe when it is what he/she says every other sentence. It's cute everyonce in awhile, but seriously. DID YOU FORGET THEIR NAMES??? IS THIS WHAT THE BABY THING IS ABOUT?
    Anywhoo, I also detest love triangles and insta-love. They generally wind up being the most dramatic and I am not a fan of drama. Usually.

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    1. Haha it does look like they've forgotten the name. But what I hate the most is that if they use it too many times, it loses its meaning and stops sounding emotional. - I'm not sure this is the right word for this but I'm pretty sure you can understand what I mean.
      Actually unnecessary drama was on my list but I picked cheating instead. I hate when the book is nothing but drama drama drama.

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  4. I ABSOLUTELY HATE all the drama in romance. And it seems, when the guilty is finally found, the other lover immediately forgives because it was "an accident" or they "still love each other". I'm over here like, "HOW? That was CHEATING! You can do so much better than her/him." The whole "baby" thing just comes off to me as awkward and cheesy. I do like a slow-developed romance though, it easily tops insta-love. Love the post:)

    Claire @ Cover to Cover

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    1. I hate when cheating is swept under the table like it's no big deal, it's a terrible thing to tell girls that their boyfriend has the right to mistreat them and humiliate them. Slow-developed romance all the way! Insta-love can be done right in some cases but I don't enjoy it most of the time.
      Thanks! :)

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  5. I can't stand it when characters forgive the biggest things so easily either! I want them to remember it for a loooong time! Also, the use of sweetheart and baby just drives me crazy. It's okay if used in moderation but in every sentence? Ugh no. Awesome post!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Exactly! You don't just forgive and forget because he/she apologized, not the big things, that is.
      Thanks!

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  6. Ugh... Overuse of "pet names" is a HUGE no no for me. It gets old very quickly, repetition in any form I am not a fan of so this is extra annoying.
    The only one I think we disagree on is Love Triangles. However, they are tricky, and many Authors are not able to pull them off successfully. So I understand how so many readers don't like them.
    Great Post!

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    1. Yes, they can make the story extremely repetitive thus boring. I think I don't like love triangles because I hate drama and they usually add a lot of drama to books. The only love triangles I don't mind are ones that are completely predictable.
      Thanks! :)

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  7. You make so many good points on this list. I especially like 'making him/her suffer'. I want my characters to have to work for the forgiveness and when they don't have to, it feels cheapened to me. And then #'s 4 & 5 on your dislike list. You make a very good point with 'forgiving cheating' - really, just walk all over them. They'll forgive you anyway. And then there's way too many cases of books turning into sweet nothings after the characters become a couple. Used sparingly, I can handle it, but I've read books where everything is pet names. And, really, some of those names they come up with... Ugh. Anyway, really like your list.

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    1. I'm glad we agree on many things. :)
      I feel the same way too. I mean when I can read and feel how hurt they must have been I can't imagine them forgiving easily. Obviously, what I think depends on the circumstances but this is my general opinion. Some pet names are completely ridiculous, like Pigeon... honestly is a pigeon really that cute?
      Thanks! :)

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  8. I agree with your points, totally NAILED it! I hate insta love and love triangles as well, they sound so cliche in novels .. I liked the love triangle only in the Vampire Academy series, thanks for sharing! :)

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. I hated in even in VA, which was a shame because I nearly chose not to read Bloodlines thanks to me hating on Adrian haha. I'm glad we agree on many points. :)

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  9. Sweetheart, baby and other pet names are on my least favourite things list. I just don't find them cute at all, only icky. But this is just personal preference. I don't even know why it makes me so uncomfortable except it does so it's always a little off putting when a book has loads of it.

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    1. I tolerate, maybe even like them if it's not too much but sometimes it really freaking gets on my nerve. Plus what I hate the most is when the guy finds a totally unromantic nickname for the girl, like Pigeon is Beautiful Disaster. No, just no.

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