Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Like/Dislike About Fictional Romances


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. 🙂

jim in love with pam

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!!!

Love Triangles

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!



23 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Like/Dislike About Fictional Romances”

  1. My friend and I have a list of fictional men we want to kidnap and hold prisoner =P
    I hate read a book and falling in love with the guy and then remembering he isn’t real! It’s so devastating!


    1. haha my friends and I have one of those lists, except it also includes actual celebrities in real life… probably not the best idea to keep that list around haha 🙂
      That’s the worst feeling! Curse those amazing fictional guys!


  2. I agree with the fictional part and the suspense. I tend to like love triangles, but hate them when they don’t pick the one I want *pouts* I think may tweak this top 10 and do it on Saturday. This one seems a little too hard to come up with reasons


    1. I hate when love triangles don’t work out the way I want! Like in the Hunger Games, for example. I’m pretty sure I was the only one in my group of friends who wanted Katniss to end up with Gale, and everyone else had no idea why I didn’t like Peeta more. Gale and Katniss just seemed to have more of a connection without the influence of the Hunger Games, so I thought their relationship seemed more real…
      Anyways, thanks for commenting! I’ll be sure to check out your post if you end up doing it later on! 🙂

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  3. The one love triangle I’ve seen that actually worked was Will&Jem&Tessa. All three of those guys loved each other so much. Most other live triangles are fraught with tension because the girl (or the guy) has to make a decision. But not in this one. They all wanted the other parties to be happy, and that just warmed my heart.
    Ohhh fictional boyfriends! Quite obviously, Will Herondale is mine 🙂

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    1. Leave it to Cassandra Clare to write an amazing love triangle! Come to think of it, there are quite a few in the City of Bones series as well, and I didn’t mind those. But normally they’re terrible!
      Will is a good choice! 🙂


      1. I never counted the Jace/Clary/Simon triangle as a triangle because it was so obvious that Clary was way too into Jace to ever consider Simon.
        There are heaps of love triangles in Clare’s work. But she does hide them well 🙂


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