Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Top Ten Things about Romance

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

With Valentine's Day looming over the horizon, this week's topic on Top Ten Tuesday is to list the top ten things that I like, dislike or would like to see more of when it comes to romances in books.

1. (Would like more) Love triangles that are done well

Love triangles are a common theme when it comes to romance. In general, I don't really enjoy reading them because the writer rarely sets it up well. In some novels, I even feel like the author puts it in because it's expected and has occurred in every other book/series in that genre. In these cases, either the pairing is obvious and the third wheel just comes across as annoying or both guys are great and the girl comes across as indecisive.

And if we're going down the love triangle path, please, for the love of all things bookish, give it a decent ending. I hate it when the author tries to keep both side of the camp happy and the ending just... stinks (think Vampire Knight/Pearl Harbour-esque type of ending).

2. (Can never get enough of) Action speaking louder than words

While professions of love are great, what really kicks me in the feels is when the little actions really highlight how much the couple cares for each other. The small quiet gestures. The side-way glances when they think no one is watching.

3. (Dislike) Everyone pairs up... because it's convenient

I like secondary character coupling up too, sometimes even more than when the two main protagonists pair up. But what I don't like is when the author pairs everyone up and ties everything up in neat little bows.

4. (Love, love, love) Chemistry

When the two protagonists just click and sparks fly, you know you've got a winner in your hands.

5. (However, majorly dislike) instant love

There is a big difference between chemistry and instant love. And when you cross that line, no amount of salvaging can save the relationship.

6. (No, please no) Mary Sue and Gary Stu

Enough said, I think.

7. (Can't accept) Forgiving the unforgivable

Yes, love is meant to conquer all. But there are still boundaries that should never be crossed (and here, I'm talking about things bigger than cheating). And if you really love your significant other that much, you should never have done the unforgivable act.

8. (Really enjoy) Relationship dynamics

When there is to-and-fro, give-and-take in the relationship, that is when the couple really comes alive on the pages.

9. (Also enjoy) Relationship balance

Another thing that I truly value is when there is balance in the relationship. It can't be all alpha male and submissive female. There must be mutual respect and acknowledgement that your significant other

10. (My favourite) Happy endings

I love happy endings. Sometimes, in books that I have enjoyed (espeically those where the couple went through hell and back and only got together right at the end), I can't help but wish for an epilogue so I can continue to bask in that happy glow.

Anyway, that's my list for this week. What made your list?


  1. I agree, sometimes people just get paired up so it's all even and it's annoying. I guess as a slightly OCD person I could see the authors' viewpoint of wanting it all to be neat with no loose ends but still! And considering you blog title I think you might sympathize. ;)

  2. OOoh nice! I liked these too! For some reason I struggle to come up with 10 myself! Guess are there are just a handful of things I don't like. It always depends on the author's execution of the romance in all its elements!

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  3. I completely agree with you! I love reading about relationship growing over time, and witty banter is a huge must for me :) Instalove is such a pain, though! Being attracted to someone very quickly is fine... but actual love... NOPE! Great list :D

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  4. Love this list!!!! I changed mine up a bit check it out :) http://bookbabble.weebly.com/blog/top-ten-tuesday2