TOP TEN TUESDAY
February 10, 2015
It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was:
Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books
This is a fun topic! I have a few specific things that I know I LOVE in a romance and a few things that I generally dislike but I’ve never really put it down onto a list… The brainstorming was a lot of fun to really think about my specific reading tastes and what really means the most to me!
Best Friends to More is possibly one of my faaaaavorite tropes! I just love seeing best friends fall for each other and for some reason it just makes me all gooey inside. I did a Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend post a WHILE back but I think it’s time to make a new and updated one!
I guess it may go with “best friends to more” (but doesn’t have to) but boy do I love slow burns. It may not be the instantly satisfying but I think the romance can be that much MORE satisfying because you’re waiting for it the whole book! It’s just so wonderful when those two characters finally come together!
I don’t like ACTUAL teasing with cruel intent but I LOVE flirty-type teasing. You can definitely tell the difference. It also has to be done well, otherwise it just feels forced and awkward. I’m not sure why it gets me but I love some good banter back and forth!
How awesome is a hate-to-love story? It just totally turns your feelings 100% upside down. Maybe it makes me root for a couple that much more/ Defying the odds? Seeing them really change because of love? Or just finding out that love was there all along? Adorable.
This is another random one… but for some reason it warms my heart to see the tomboys or a confident, feisty girl fall in love. I think maybe it’s because they’re so independent and usually actively refusing help? (Well, not always.) But I just love to see them open up to someone else, be a bit more vulnerable, and fall in love!
I can’t stand cheating in books. Even if the point is that it’s not okay. It just instantly makes me dislike a character. This also extends to two characters falling in love while one or both are in a different relationship. To a certain extent, okay. You didn’t know you were falling in love with someone else… But there comes a time where a character HAS to break it off or else I’M calling it quits!
Any sort of abuse in a book is obviously a no-no. It doesn’t mean I won’t read it and it doesn’t mean that I won’t take something away from it, but obviously that sort of thing is so painful to witness. I will still read books containing this sort of content and it’s not an automatic turn-off because those stories are important to tell to… But whoever the abusive character is — physically or mentally — I will never like or trust them again. If the author brings that character back to try to “turn them around”? Nope. I won’t have it. Great if they change their ways, but that couple better not stay together.
I’m okay with some love triangles (SOME. Depends on what they are) but any more than three people is just way too much. It doesn’t matter if it’s multiple guys vying for one gal’s attention or many different complications/couples with crushes on each other… More than three people in one romantic conundrum gets messy and confusing. It can also tend to get silly.
Lack of communication just drives me plain nuts. The characters don’t always have to be on the same page but when they never talk about anything, it just makes a reader want to jump through the book and shake them!
Wariness is okay and getting to know someone, all right. But if you can’t trust your romantic partner, you can’t have a relationship. It drives me crazy when people are paranoid about their sig other — justified or not. Either do something about it or have some faith!