I'm really critical of romance, in real life and in book life. I decided to split my list up into five things I like in a romance and five things I don't like in a romance. This is going to be totally scattered and based purely on my personal preference, so hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen.
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1.Awkwardness! Real- life romance is awkward as all get out- and book romance should be too!
2. Tragedy- I love, love a good tragic love story (I know, I'm so romantic right?)
3.Diversity- I love romances that have something different about them- if it's the characters, the setting, the plot, whatever, if there is a unique aspect to the romance, I'm in!
4.Forbidden Love- This one goes with number two- I like my romances to be entertaining I guess, and elements of conflict within the romance help to add that entertainment value. Also, maybe why I love Romeo and Juliet so much?
5. Any Romance Plot Written by Jane Austen- Austen is the Queen of marriage-plots with independent and fierce nineteenth century female characters. The romances in her novels do not feel outdated to me one bit, they are timeless and about the only romances that make me swoon!
Romances I love
1. Insta-love- Duh!
2. Left Handed Compliments- I really, really hate these, both in real life and in book romances.
3. Too Much Sexy Times- If the plot gets laid to the way side for the sexy times- it's too much. I'm not a fan of romance novels or novels where the romance is the plot. There needs to be something bigger than the romance driving the book forward.
4. The All-Encompassing Romance- If the world is ending, please don't stress over the last thing a boy said to you! Survival first ladies, then romance.
5. Romantic Interests Who Are All Brawn and No Brain- Mmmmm, no thanks, I'm not impressed by your feats of physical strength.
So there you go, there are my scattered and totally biased thoughts on book romances! Leave me your link to your list so I can see what you love or hate about book romances.