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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books

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I skipped almost all of Top 5 Wednesday last month, and it turns out I feel like all the topics this month are too difficult. So, in exchange, I'm trying my best to follow as much Top Ten Tuesday as possible! This week we're going to talk about romance in books; and I can say that I read quite a lot of books in that category—because I think almost every book has bits of romance mixed in it. Today the topic is to list Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books. Phew, isn't that a long title. I'm going to divide the like and dislike equally, so I will list 5 for each :)

1.  Adorable opposites.
'Opposite attracts' is a very common saying, and I find it very adorable if it happens in books. One example might be Ron Weasley and Hermoine Granger from the Harry Potter series. In some cases, they're attracted to the other characters' feature/traits that they don't have.
2. Love-and-hate relationship.
I also really like when a couple starts off hating each other, but then eventually fell in love with each other. I know it's a pretty cliche thing to happen in romance, that's why it needs to be written in the right way. Or else I might find it cheesy and not fun to read. (I know, I'm complicated)
3. Good characters that can make me love them too.
Good characters doesn't only mean they're kind or perfect or whatever, I just want them to be well-developed in the story. I want to feel like I know them personally, and if they're my type, I might love them as well and make them my book-boyfriends♥♥. And sometimes book characters doesn't always have to be super handsome or well-built, because I can't see them visually (technically only in my mind)—that's why their personalities are what matters the most.
4. A realistic and believable plot.
I don't mind any happy/sad ending to a romantic couple in a book, as long as there's a reason for everything that happened and I can accept it in the end. I'm not the type of reader who always hope for a happy ending, because sometimes in real life not everything ends on a happy note. I might chose The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks as an example, but I won't spoil anything.
5. Friendship-like romance.
There are times when a friendship grows further into a romantic relationship; and it's probably my favorite kind of romance in books. Since they're friends, they know each other very well and are very comfortable together. Maybe like Percy Jackson and Annabeth, they joke around and often tease each other, but also have sweet romantic moments :))
1. Love at first sight (insta-love) or love because of sexual/physical attraction.
This is the first thing that I can think of about what I disliked about romance in books. I cannot seem to relate to the character because I don't know why she liked the other person. And it's not enough for me if the character only thinks that someone is beautiful/handsome and then fall in love.
2. When I can't relate to the characters.
Somewhat related to the previous point here, but this can be caused by a lot of other things as well; for example, I can't relate to their decision about something. There has to be a logical reason so that I can relate and understand what the characters are doing and why.
3. (Too) Cheesy remarks.
There are times when cheesy dialogues can be cute and acceptable for me; especially when I'm too deeply in love with the character and find whatever they're doing adorable. However, I have to say that it's more often that I dislike characters who keeps saying cheesy remarks to the opposite person.
4. Annoying indecisive character(s).
I need to emphasize the word 'annoying' in my point, because there are times when indecisive characters have reasons for their actions. But I really don't like it when these characters become annoying.
5. Unrealistic/unsatisyfing end.
The last one on this list will be the one I hate the most. As I've said in previously, I don't really mind a happy/sad end to a story as long as it stays realistic and satisfies me. Unrealistic/unsatisfying end will make me exclaim 'what the heck?!' as I close the book. And it's definitely not a fun way to end a book.

So those are the things that I like/dislike about romance in books. I might have more to say, but so far that's all I could think of right now. What about you? Do you read a lot of books with romance in it? What are the things you like/dislike about it? :D Feel free to share your opinions in the comments below, or share your Top 10 Tuesday link so I can check your list out ;)) See you in the next post! ;)
by.stefaniesugia♥ .


  1. overall, I agree with you for the list

  2. I also like the love and hate relationship!

  3. Indecisive and cheesy relationships annoy me too! I dislike it when characters refuse to make a decision, especially in regards to love triangles. To the opposites attract and enemies-turned-lovers, it's the writing and romance development that makes it or breaks it for me. I loved romances like Ron and Hermoine or Celaena and Chaol, because both were well characterized, but, like you said, others, if not well written, seem cheesy and dull. Interesting thoughts, love the post!

    Claire @ Cover to Cover

    1. I totally agree with you on that! The writing is indeed very important too. Thanks Claire! ;)

  4. Cheesy relationships are a major no-no for me. But yes I also love friend-ship like romances, I think they are really relatable and adorable. Great list!

  5. Setuju dengan list-nya. Apalagi bagian love and hate relationship dan friendship like romance :)

  6. Ini informasi yang bagus, Aku jadi yakin bisa menulis cerita yang lebih baik setelah membaca ini. Jadi tau hal apa yang lebih menarik dan mana yang sebaiknya dihindari.

    Very good post :)


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