It's already Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and the theme this week is likes/ dislikes of romance in books. I've decided to go with dislikes because there are so many I could include and it seems like the more interesting way to go with this post.
Instalove - This seems to be a prominent feature of YA novels and, unfortunately, it still needs saying. Cue the eyeroll, please.
Love triangles, especially when the heroine is indecisive - Same with this. Why must so many YA novels go this route? I don't care to read a 300 page book about trying to choose which astoundingly hot boy you want. Eyeroll, stat!
Characters void of personality/ chemistry - I'm counting this across books with romance in general and specific books. Generally, I like my characters to be well-rounded people and, in regards to the romance aspect, make sense together. I also like to see different characters in books - not the same old recycled collection of tropes.
Repetition - This can be in regards to many aspects of romance in books. Basically, I don't need to be hit over the head with the same thing over and over (and not just with romance).
Disgusting/ awkward/ gross descriptions of love scenes or romantic scenes - Please don't.
Incest - If there are elements of this, I tend to discount it as romance, particularly when the characters know.
Damsel in distress - The male lead doesn't need to "save" the love interest at every turn. I prefer my female characters to be strong and not constantly in need of saving, thank you.
"Not like other girls" - This also seems to be a big one currently in YA and it's just getting old.
Stalkers or bad boys - I don't get the appeal here.
When romance overpowers the rest of the story - Generally speaking, the less romance there is that's all the better in my opinion.
Eyeroll of choice for these particular romance offenses:
So, what do you think of my dislikes when it comes to romance? Do we share any elements?