CURRENTLY READING:The Supernova Era by Liu Cixin

10 February 2015

To Ten Tuesday (Week 7/2015)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s top ten: likes/dislikes when it comes to romance in books.

Here are my top 10!

DISLIKES

1. Love at First Sight

I have nothing against it really. But the whole concept ruins the story for me. There is instant connection, but there is no instant love. Not until they learn to love each other even when they want to hate each other. Whenever there is this “their eyes met and the sparks flew all over the place so now they die for each other” thing, I just slam the book shut. Though I had to endure it with Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin as I wanted to finish that book (Magical Realism is my weakness).

2. Submissive Love

This I cannot stand. When either of the party is so weak, so WEAK that the other takes completely advantage of their feelings. Of course, most of the time when this happens, I have noticed, is a very important part of the story where the character needs to break free from that. But there is something so abusive about it that I just rage when reading it and I have to take long breaks before getting through the pages.

3. No Physicality

Turn off. The couple love each other with all they have and yet, there is no passion. Might as well be brotherly/sisterly love. Sure is sweet, sure it can grow into more. But heck I am left wanting more than just a flash kiss. It is not the absence of passion, but more as in, why make them so attracted to each other and yet not show us such attraction? It feels kind of unrealistic.

4. Over Physicality

This is specially true with YA. I know teenagers have raging hormones. I know they are experimenting and all. But do you have to describe every single detail? It’s a fine line from YA to Adult writing. I am reading Outlander as I post this. The elegance in which all those sexual scenes is written is something most authors should learn from. She writes the setting, and she stops before all the touching details. Leaving it to your imagination. It is not meant as a “50 Shade of Grey” read. When physicality takes over 50% of the book, then is a turn off as well.

5. Love Triangles

Oh goodness. I began hating this as soon as I tried to read Twilight and then all the YA novels that followed. Now each time I read in the description something similar, the rest of the plot must be attractive enough for me to ignore this. There doesn’t always need to be a love triangle to keep things interesting. What about the overprotective father? The jealous best friend asking for her time back? The pet compromise? The big tsunami tearing them to each side of the island? There is so much more to romantic conflict than just a third party.

LIKES

6. Paranormal Love

There is something about the impossibility of this that is very attractive. Mainly I believe because it goes beyond the physicality of love. And I might seem like contradicting myself, but in this case I do not expect sexual tension. Why? Because it would be unrealistic for the plot. A paranormal love is mainly about the deep caring between two souls in different worlds, the will to be together and the need to protect each other.

7. Time Traveling Love

I love this. Why? Because time traveling romances are funny. Plain and simple. Take party A, meets party B, who talks about i-phones to someone who has no idea what they are. Somehow, time traveling writers always make these kind of situations funny.

8. The Girl who turns his life around

I always believe love can create miracles. And these kind of story are always heart warming. The strong girl who encounters the harsh reality in the eyes of a man. She helps him see the shiny side, he gives her protection and loyalty.

9. The Barbarian turned into a puppy

Again, just funny funny reads. Take pirates, vikings and warriors. Fiercely strong macho guys, raised with a stronger fist, and yet with the softest spot hiding inside them until a girl with a stronger character finds it and he is dooooooommmmm. Love it. 

10. Intellectual Equals

When two characters collide intellectually, it is a feast to my eyes. They are equals. They become partners in crime. They share values and ideas and the journey is spent together, not apart or fighting for who is right and who is not. They become a team we all cheer for.
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