Hello there, everyone! Tuesday has rolled around yet again, which means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. In honor of Valentine’s Day this upcoming weekend, the theme this week is Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike About Fictional Romances. I don’t read books solely about romance very often, but that doesn’t mean I’m not exposed to it- it feels as though every book these days has some love triangle or love interest in it. It’s amazing when it’s written well, but torture when it isn’t. So, without further ado, here’s my list!
❤ Likes ❤
1. Flaws. No one is perfect in real life, so I really appreciate fictional romances that portray it in a more realistic way. One example of this is Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Park loves Eleanor despite- or even because of- her flaws, and the feeling is certainly mutual.
2. Those fictional boyfriends. You guys know what I’m talking about- we all have those lists of fictional guys we wish were real. 🙂
3. The suspense. Suspense? you might be asking- weren’t we talking about romance here? Yes we were! To me, there is a sort of element of suspense with some fictional romances because at times you’re not really sure whether or not they’re going to work out like you want them to. Will he finally ask her out? Will she end up realizing what an amazing guy he is? You’ll just have to wait and see!
4. Oh, the lovely monologues! Fictional romances have the cutest monologues! One of my absolute favorites is from Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD!!):
“I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
5. THE ADORABLENESS. Let’s face it: some fictional relationships may only happen in fairy tales or stories, but they sure are SO FREAKIN CUTE. Oh, it makes me feel all the warm, fuzzy feels!!
❤ Dislikes ❤
1. LOVE TRIANGLES. I just don’t understand how these characters can be madly in love with two totally different people at the same time. Deep down they have to like one person more than the other- just make a decision!!!
2. Insta-love. In a lot of romance novels- especially young adult ones- people seem to fall in love with each other in the blink of an eye. Sure, this might happen in real life to some people, but I think it’s more common that you love someone more and more as you get to know them better.
3. Lightning speed! It seems as though some fictional romances develop so quickly that the couple is completely in love in the blink of an eye. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?
4. Really sappy/cutesy pet names. You want to talk to each other like you’re five? Fine by me, just don’t incorporate that into every line of dialogue! This drove me crazy when I read Dead End by Jason Myers (which I DO NOT recommend) because literally everything the two main characters said ended in “baby” or “babe” or “darling” or something like that. It was so annoying! Probably half the word count of that book was “baby”, I swear.
5. The fact that they’re fictional. Why can’t they be real???
And there you have it! What do you like/dislike about fictional romances? What do you think about the things on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!