Romeo, Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo?

Posted On 8 February 2015

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This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday over at the Broke and Bookish is :

Top Ten Things I Like or Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books )<!–

I’m not necessarily picking things I love or hate. More just reoccurring romantic themes in whatever genre you’re reading.

Instalove. Part of me wants to believe in love at first sight and part of me thinks it’s actually instalust. However some fantasy books do use this in a ‘finding your soulmate’ type of way. For example the Carpathian series by Christine Feehan.

The love triangle. Feels like a very over used trope at the moment and not one I’m overly fond of. Basically. My main problem is that usually with a love triangle somebody is either being played for a fool or led down the garden path and it feels unfair. Example The Cassandra Clare books.

Those romances in which the women then become all devoid of character and simply exist for their new found love. All very nice I’m sure but totally annoying for me I’m afraid. Example. 50 shades.

The bloke who turns into the over protective I will stalk you character. I will dictate who you see and what you eat and basically turn into a nightmare. This is not romantic. I don’t like this type of behaviour being romanticised in books because it is not healthy. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

The can’t see the woods for the trees characters. These are the ones that we desperately want to wake up and smell the coffee but who remain immune to what’s going on beneath their noses. Good to read about though. Ron and Hermione. Ron took a while to get it!

The haters. They’re always arguing and totally sarcastic towards each other but we all know there’s a fine line between love and hate. Wydrin, aka The Copper Cat from Jen Williams Copper Promise.

Arranged marriages. Frequently occur in fantasy books and its interesting to watch the characters. Usually they end up liking each other in spite of their best laid plans. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

The bad boy. Always irresistible and more often than not misrepresented. But do we really care! Rhett Butler. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

Forbidden love. Always the most enticing. The more you can’t have it. The more you want it. Just look at me and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The Bronze Horseman. By Paullina Simons.

Unresolved sexual tension written well and this will make a book! Burn for Me. By Ilona Andrews.

That’s my love tropes. Feel free to add one or give me more examples.

Also. Please excuse the brevity, lack of illustrations and avoidance of tags or links as I’m away from home and this post is from my phone not my laptop.

12 Responses to “Romeo, Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo?”

  1. Carmen

    I think you have summarized the topic perfectly, what’s there to add? πŸ™‚
    Except that I agree with you, some devices like the loving-borderline stalker and the love triangles seem to have flourished in the last few years and have become mainstay. There is also the tough guy who is deep down a softy and helps the heroine to overcome difficulties all accompanied by resolved sexual tension, e.g. Divergent.

  2. nrlymrtl

    I often enjoy the unresolved sexual tension bit the best because it allows the writer to do 2 things – 1) Concentrate on the plot and characters and 2) be clever with how he has the two lovebirds interact with each other.

    • lynnsbooks

      Unresolved sexual tension is definitely my favourite i think!
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  3. jessicabookworm

    I’m not a huge fan of romance novels but like most people I don’t mind some romance if there is something else going on in the story. I agree with a lot of your points, especially about love triangles and stalker like men. Total put off!

    • lynnsbooks

      I was trying not to just have dislikes but the ‘stalker’ thing – really not romantic!
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  4. jenclair

    I’m not a romance novel reader, but can agree with your points. But how do you make romance novels an interesting read without these tropes? Aren’t they the main reason for people read them? I don’t mind a little romance in a story and the romantic element is almost always part and parcel of a good fantasy, but I want it to be secondary, not the main plot. :]

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m not a romance reader but I don’t mind a bit of romance in my books so long as it’s not really the main focus. I don’t dislike all of these tropes – but some are definitely overused!
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  5. Mogsy

    “The Bad Boy” is my biggest pet peeve in romance, especially the ones that are jerks and treat the heroine like crap. I really don’t get the appeal of that one, I mean, that’s just so NOT hot to me!

    • Mogsy

      And oh but yes, I have a weakness for forbidden love. It’s such a common trope but I can’t help it!

  6. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    ughh …. instalove. I think my biggest pet peeve is when it changes a character’s priorities (putting this new instalove above what previously drove them(

  7. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    can’t see can’t see! yes!! And eeww the creepy dominant I’m now your boss behavior is ridiculous! Like hello I don’t need a daddy figure. yuck. I’m not very fond of the bad boy usually I think they are big jerks. hate instalove….

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