The Broke and the Bookish. Today is "Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books". While writing this list I realized that I'm very picky >_< there are more things I dislike about romance novels but I was able to narrow it down.
Let's start with the good things:
1. long lost love returns and the couple falls in love again. I've noticed that in the k-dramas that I watch I tend to go for this kind of story line.
2. marriage. Mostly because I am married and it's fun to read about people with similar issues. Also when contract/arranged marriage turns to love. I think arranged marriage
stories are very interesting. I'm also fascinated with the cultures that
3. multiple perspectives. I love a good love story that is told from both the male and female perspective or from friends/family whatever. It makes for a more well rounded story.
4. when the love story takes over the whole story. It's just not realistic to me. Eventually you'll have to go home and do homework, walk the dog, and have a life that doesn't revolve around your love interest, unless you're married and even at that you still are apart when you're at work or home with the kids etc.
5. when a heroine is independent but still needs to be cared for. I think that is self explanatory.
And now for the dislikes:
1. over the top sex scenes. We know what happens. I don't want to know how and where he licks her and how she feels and how hard he thrusts etc.
2. stalkers. I can't stand when someone stalks their love interest and the love interest thinks it's a sign of affection. No, ok just no. If they show up somewhere and say "I followed you here" it's not cute, it's an instant red flag.
3. physical descriptions that go on for 3 pages.
4. damsel in distress or basically when the female has no spine and keeps forgiving the guy for being abusive. seriously romance novels have to stop romanticizing abusive relationships. I was in one, there's nothing good about it.
5. insta-love. I think this will be on most people's lists. There is no such thing as insta-love. There is insta-attraction and insta-lust, no in between.