Top Ten Tuesday – Loves and Loathes In Romances

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Loves and Loathes In Romances

Ohhh, this was a tricky one. I know what I like and what I don’t like when I’m reading it, but trying to put those things into a list was surprisingly tough! Especially because I know I like things that others don’t, or things that I know I shouldn’t… but I do anyway!! Then of course, there’s always exceptions to the rules!

Loves in Romances

1. Romantic declarations of love, feels and swoons: This can be so hard to get right because it can come across as so cheesy, but I just can’t help but love when characters say those movie-script style lines that make your heart melt!

Swoon gif

2. Absolute and total banter: I LOVE when characters have banter. Banter is a pretty big deal where I’m from, and I personally love it – sarcasm, playful teasing, chemistry – call it what you will, but I need the bant!

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3. Characters with issues who help each other/see beyond it: No one is perfect, and I love when characters help each other with the struggles in their lives.

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4. The Build-Up: I love the tension, the suspense and I love it when the reader is in on it but the characters aren’t. This does become a dislike if it drags on for too long though.

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5. All the tropes you’re not supposed to love, but you do: The I-fell-in-love-with-my-brother’s-best-friend, the we-were-childhood-friends-who-fell-in-love, the bad-boy-who-turns-good-boy-for-theone, you can see where I’m going with this…

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Loathes in Romances

1. The dreaded Insta-Love: I don’t mind lust at first sight, it happens. But instant, deep and unmoving love at first sight really is grating! (Though it seems to work in paranormal).


2. Unnecessary or unreasonable love triangles: I’ve read and even enjoyed some love triangles when they make sense, or add value to the story, but sometimes it feels like they’re just thrown in to add some tension.

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3. Characters being together when it doesn’t make sense, or they don’t even like each other: I’ve seen this a couple of times, where characters are together for no obvious reason, other than popularity or high school hierarchy. Just break up already!

i can't even gif

4. Everyone is perfect, and hot, and stunning, and the male has a floppy fringe, and the female doesn’t even know how good looking she is when she wears trackies and no makeup…

soak up awesomeness gif.

5. Couples who don’t seem to talk, at all: Some couples just don’t seem to talk or even really know each other, and I hate when breakups happen because of a lack of communication when there was no need for it to happen at all!

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What are your romance loves and loathes? Let me know in the comments!

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31 Responses

  1. Give me the banter! It’s a good gauge to determine whether someone has a sense of humor, is witty, and doesn’t have to take everything so seriously. It also has a way of getting two characters, even if they are very different, to meet on the same level.


  2. The declarations of love and swoons are the BEST! I love that part of the romance, but you’re right, too much and it’ll get mushy. I love the tropes too! I know a lot of people look down on them because they are too common, but I guess I haven’t gotten sick of them yet 🙂


  3. Rachel, these are perfect! You hit on a few that I like/loathe as well, and also brought up a few I didn’t even remember I loved/hated until I saw them here! (Examples: the declarations of love (how did I miss that??) and helping each other through issues (this one is beyond words perfection!!!).)

    Also, can I just say that you do a remarkably good job with your GIFs here? I especially love the one from Mean Girls … bahahahaha!

    Great list 😀


  4. HAHAHA I’m dying looking at your mean girls GIF but it’s SO TRUE. When everyone is perfect looking no matter what situation they’re in, no make-up, middle of the night, etc. So annoying!


  5. DECLARATIONS!!!! Declarations are the best!!!!

    God, that’s the one thing I don’t like in YA contemporary: being with someone because of some stupid high school social hierarchy. Why? Just why? What drew you together in the first place, apart from popularity? Horrid.

    Spot on with the Mean Girls and Lizzie McGuire gifs 😉


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