Top Ten Tuesday: Things We Like/Dislike in Romances in Books


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 Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Things We Like/Dislike in Romances in Books


1. Dislike: Crude Details

Maybe I am a prude, but I get squeamish when the romantic are way too graphic. I am against censorship (so write on, authors!), but for my personal tastes, I like it to be kept to Rated R, rather than NC-17. If I blush while reading it, it has gone too far for me.

2. Dislike: The Same Ol’, Same Ol’

“And then he whispered into her ear in a husky voice…” Cliché love scenes make me roll my eyes.

3. Dislike: Girls Getting Swept Away

I hate reading books about a girl who is lost in her passion or unsure of herself in a romantic scene. I want to send a message to girls that they don’t have to do things that make them uncomfortable because too often, they feel forced to do things because they think it is expected of them.

4. Like: Interesting Pairings

I want to see more romances like Eleanor & Park, where the characters are quirky and interesting. So when there is a romantic scene, I want to fist pump!

5. Like: The Male Perspective

I want more romances from the male point-of-view. I can think of several books that meet this criterion, but there need to be more!


Hm. This one is a tough one for me. I very rarely read a book just for romance.

1. Dislike: Fake Happily Ever Afters

Not every romance has to end with a happily ever after. Mostly high school romances since they realistically hardly ever do.

2. Dislike: Death

But that doesn’t mean I want someone to die every time!

3. Like: Nerds

I love when nerds are the star of a romantic story! I think that is why I liked Life in Outer Space so much.

4. Like: Male Perspective

Like Ricki, I would love to see more love stories told from the guy’s POV. It somehow takes a little bit of sappy out of it. (Maybe this is another reason why I liked Life in Outer Space and Beginning of Everything so much.)

5. Like: Real

I think overall I just want my romances to seem real. No coincidences, no outlandish happenings, no fantasy. Real.

What do you like or dislike about romances?

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2 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Things We Like/Dislike in Romances in Books”

  1. I also love male POV in a romance. It’s such a refreshing change of pace, whether the entire book is in his POV or there’s equal time given to the male character instead of only focusing on the female character. As long as it’s not in that new-fangled alternating narrators/POV characters trend, which I hate. Third-person omniscient is the only way to go when you have more than one important character!


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