Each week, The Broke and Bookish host a Top Ten Tuesday based on a certain bookish topic. Other bloggers are able to participate and post their own top ten list based on the topic.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a Top Ten Things I Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books. I thought about doing the other topic, Top Ten Things I Like When It Comes To Romances In Books, but listing things that you like in romance seems harder than listing things you don’t like in romance.
So here’s my list in no particular order:
I automatically deduct one star off the rating if the book I’m reading has a case of insta-love. I personally feel that when authors write a romance with insta-love, they are taking the easy way out: With insta-love, authors don’t have to develop the relationship to make it feel believable. They could skip the “slowly developing feelings” part of the relationship straight to the “we are in a relationship” part.
2. Love triangles
I don’t automatically have a problem with a book when I see that it will have a love triangle, but let’s face it, 85% of love triangles are annoying. I don’t like the whole wait, no, I like him, never mind, I like him, flip-flop.
3. People going on and on about how their significant other looks so hot
Believe it or not, this happens in A LOT in books. All the talk about how beautiful that girl is or how green his eyes are just makes me want to puke. I got it the first time okay? I promise I’m fluent in English.
4. The romance is forced
I don’t know how to describe it, but you just know when the romance is forced. You just know. Forced romance is so awkward to read about and most of the time, it’s really cringe-worthy too.
5. The only reason they are a couple is because they are physically attracted to one another
I’ve read about romances that had absolutely no connection besides a physical attraction to one another. If there wasn’t any physical attraction, there would be no romance.
6. Romances that consist of break ups, getting back together, break ups, and so on
As annoying as it probably was for the author to write, reading about it is as annoying too. Plus, I don’t root for relationships that are like that.
7. ALL. THE. CHEESE.
STOP. NO. STOP. I do NOT like any kind of cheese when it comes to romance.
8. The couple says “I love you” too fast
This especially happens with books with insta-love. I don’t believe in people who say “I love you,” after knowing a person for three days or even a week. Nope, sorry, doesn’t work for me.
9. When the romance takes over the plot
I’m sorry, but when I pick up a book that’s labelled as a fantasy, I shouldn’t see nothing but romance. I don’t mind romance in books; in fact, I love it when there’s romance in my books, but I don’t like it when the romance completely overtakes the plot.
10. The age gap between the couple is four years or more if they are both teenagers.
I remember when I was a high school freshman, I freaked out when I heard that someone in my class was dating a college freshmen. I’m not a fan of age gaps when you’re a teenager.
And now, I want to know, what are the top ten things you dislike when it comes to romance in books?