Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes to Romance
Leading up to Valentine's Day, the Broke and Bookish ladies picked the perfect topic. Today we're talking about romance in books - specifically likes vs. dislikes. I do have some specific dislikes, but really I think if the story is cute enough or I like the writing, anything can be overcome. Because of this I had trouble coming up with some topics and feel like those I do write about below I've rehashed before.
That being said, let's get into today's Top Ten Tuesday:
Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books
(can do a full list or split it up in likes/dislikes or even things you want to see MORE of in romances in fiction)
Con: Many romance novels - or any genre, sort of just... end. I'm not sure how to explain my feelings on the trend of endings. It's tough to end a story, I do get that, but sometimes it feels a bit incomplete or as if the reader is being cheated out of that memorable ending. Some books take the couple through a lot presumably to build up to a better ending, and it'd be nice to have an ending that is, well "complete." I guess I feel like a book should either be more "certain" in its outcome or leave the reader to write their own ending, which will sort of tie into my "sincere romance" topic.
Pro: I love a male character who is the definition of a gentleman, yet sometimes novels forget to make their male leads gentlemen. That's not to say there aren't LOTS of characters who are, it would just be nice to see more of them. They seem more lacking in the YA market.
Con: Too many stories have that "light bulb" moment rather than solidifying a good friendship and building up to that moment when two people realize they are truly in love. Often times the romantic relationship will be too convenient rather than genuine and that creates problems.
Con: This is definitely a topic I will overlook. Much as I don't care for it - because it's used far too often, I can deal with it. The one thing I don't mind about love triangles is if the girl in the middle of them weren't wishy-washy - that's what really bugs me. If she jumps back and forth between the guys, it's more annoying than crafting suspense. If it's just the guys vying for her affections, and the one who doesn't hold her heart tries to win her, it's fine. Not sure if that's making any sense, but yeah...
Con: Unless it's very much in the background, I don't care for additional romances in novels. I've read books that don't say anything (in their synopsis) about an additional romance yet the reading of the book reveals another romance (in addition to the publisher blurb couple) that is nearly as prevalent as the couple we were led to believe the book was about.
Pro/Con: In novels, I look for romance that really feels sincere. Yes, this is the opposite of Insta Love and just so happens to tie into my "better endings" thought. I feel like if an ending for romance is merely going to be so-so - the couple kisses and end credits, then the better way to conclude a romance is to let the reader write their own ending. Let a friendship be born (I love it when the couple feels like best friends first) in the novel and the couple (at the end) want to pursue something more. This can especially be a problem in suspense romances, not so much novels that are strictly romance. Though I have to say, I've read some fabulous suspense books of late.
Con: Okay, I should specify this one. I don't mind small-town settings, but it's sort of a "habit" now for stories to feature a heroine who leaves the city and returns or comes to a small town, finds love and decides to stay. (There's nothing wrong with cities as the setting and in fact, that can be quite exciting!) For example, I watched two back-to-back movies not long ago that featured this plot and while I thought the first one was cute, when I saw the second I felt like I'd seen this story done time and again, which lessened my enjoyment of the second movie.
Yep, I knew this was likely to be a mess... and it was. But, hey, it was still fun and I'll aim for better next week.
What about you! What are some likes/dislikes you have regarding romance novels? I'd love to hear them and the reasons why they made your list. ❤