Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!This week's top ten is about things we like/dislike when it come to romance in books. Well, most of my experience comes from YA and NA, and I've only recently read an adult romance. So I'm going to split this up into top five lists by genre, and just telling within what I both like a dislike.
- I LOVE it when the characters are clearly compatible on all levels, not just attraction. The same could go for any of these genres, but it's particularly annoying in YA.
- I HATE instalove! This goes hand-in-hand with the first one, but I felt like it's so bad that it needed its own number. To me, it doesn't really exist; there can easily be instant attraction, but you can't know if you actually love someone until you learn about who they are on the inside.
- I like seeing how far a YA author will take the sexiness of a scene, especially when that author writes genres besides YA.
- I hate it when books have the sequel syndrome. It's not as bad as it used to be, but I remember when every sequel would make the main love interest disappear so that some other love interest could swoop in (think New Moon). Like I said, most YA writers have learned that that's not cutting it anymore
- I want to see more best friends becoming couples. The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting does this, but I haven't seen at that level in any other books that I've read. I guess it's because my boyfriend is my best friend (though I should point out that we became best friends after we started dating, but you know what I mean).
- This is a lot like YA in the sense that I still hate the whole instalove. I think that's why I enjoyed Beautiful Disaster; the MC really held her ground about not sleeping with the love interest, and although she eventually broke down, she did it only after they became best friends. In a way, she broke him down
- I love the really strong female characters. Most of them are already pretty messed up and definitely have something wrong with their lives, but they find ways to have friends and live a perfectly healthy life. They realize they can't internalize, though, when they meet the right guy that challenges them.
- I wish there were more paranormal NA books. Almost all the ones I've read have been stand-alone contemporaries, and I feel like it could be a great genre to include paranormal or dystopian in. In fact, I'm sort of writing a sci-fi that could be considered NA with the language...
- I feel like there's a lot less of the whole instalove thing going on in adult books. Adults should at least claim to be wiser when it comes to falling in love with someone the moment you see them. This is a good thing.
- Adults are a little more jaded, so I feel like they never feel things as intensely as teenagers. Like in Outlander, there are times where I wish Claire would say what she thought about Jamie (this is from before they get married in the first book). Like, he's supposed to be attractive, and the fact that she's not thinking of jumping his virgin bones all the time before they're married kind of annoyed me. I want to see a more emotional side of the characters.
- I actually like all the sexiness, although I kind of wish it wasn't so rough at times. There's a part near the middle of the first Outlander book where I feel like it was rape. Just because his magic stick seemed to change her mind in the middle of it doesn't mean that she didn't say no in all the minutes before that. Same thing in Fifty Shades of Grey, but I don't even want to get into how so much more messed up that book is.
Well, that's all I could think of. What things do you like/dislike about the romances in books? Let me know in the comments