Romance in Novels: Likes and Dislikes

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme where you can link up with other bloggers, write about books, and make lists. It’s perfect! And yes, I know it’s barely Tuesday anymore in Australia as this post goes live, because I’m running late. Disorganised? Me?

Today’s theme is: “Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books.” I’ve gone for a little of column A and a little of column B… And not ten, because I have trouble committing. :p

Likes

Characters who are friends first. There’s no doubt that the sizzling attraction of lust-at-first-sight is a thing, but I love the slow build of a relationship that turns from friendship to romance. Traditionally this is written as one person realising before the other. Then awkwardness often ensues. But still, I like the basic idea.

Happy Buzz Toy StoryThe realistically developed romance. This is tied into the point above, but it applies regardless of whether there’s an existing friendship. I’m not saying that sometimes people don’t jump straight into the sack together (that’s basically a new adult trope!), but I like it when the development of the romance happens over a period of time.

Arwen and Aragorn

Diversity in relationships. I haven’t read much GLBT fiction so far, but what I’ve read I’ve really liked. I want to read more.

Frodo and Sam cuddles

Dislikes

Insta-love. I know I said I like lust-at-first-sight, but love-at-first-sight? No. Nuh uh. I’ve very occasionally seen it done well, but only in instances where some supernatural element — reincarnation, say — is at play. I get really grouchy when two sensible-seeming characters decide that they are destined to be together forever after one date. Ugh.

Racoon GotGBroody, asshole men* . You know the trope: he’s a prick to her, either because he’s caught up in his own thing or he’s “trying to drive her away for her own good”. I HATE THAT AS A PLOTLINE. It’s so patronising! I’d prefer to see a man who is willing to fess up about whatever the problem is and let the female lead decide what she’s willing to tolerate.

* I realise this may sound sexist. But the truth is that I can’t recall ever seeing the roles reversed in this situation, with the woman driving the man away for his own good, but maybe I’m missing something.Bella SwanPlots that rely on characters not communicating. I hate it when characters don’t speak their mind when everything suggests that they should, including their own personality. I once threw a book against a wall because the husband commented that his wife must really like the father of the baby she just had, and she said yes (trying to be coy and meaning it was him). He assumed she’d had an affair, because his question was in the third person. And she didn’t correct him, even though he was standing right there. I still get mad about that.

Amy Doctor Who No

Relationships fixing brooding, asshole men*. Fifty Shades of Grey. Enough said.

*And women. But, again, it’s usually men. Written by women writers, which I find baffling.

Flipping the bird Bring it On

Well, that ended on a crude note. Thanks very much, Missy!

What would you add to my list? What books would you recommend, or not recommend, based on it? πŸ™‚

 

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8 Comments on “Romance in Novels: Likes and Dislikes”

  1. Some great points here!

    I have to say I am a fan of the melodramatic moments in romance, but I think I am alone it that πŸ˜€

  2. ashley says:

    Yes I agree! In my list I talk about how we need more gentleman in stories, but if we are going to play the “bad” role why is it always the man? Why cant we have a “bad” girl lead who falls for a sweet boy? I am so glad I am not the only one who thinks that.
    Great list!
    Here’s my list
    http://bookstothetea.blogspot.com/2015/02/top-ten-tuesday.html
    Ashley @ Books To The Tea

  3. Hahaha broody men! I feel the same way! Why doesn’t the girl say “forget it you asshole” and move on? I also love the realistic relationships- need to find more of those!

    Here is mine this week πŸ™‚ http://busybrunettesbookshelf.blogspot.com/2015/02/top-ten-tuesday-likesdislikes-about.html

  4. nikolavukoja says:

    Love the list πŸ™‚ Can I add virginal 20-something gals who are “swept away” by rich older men … and anything and everything re: 50 Shades – as you said Enough Said!

  5. Love this list and your gifs!!!!! I changed mine up a bit check it out πŸ™‚ http://bookbabble.weebly.com/blog/top-ten-tuesday2


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