1. Indecisive Heroine/ Love Triangle
I don’t mind when there’s a slight hesitation between one guy or another, but when the heroine of a novel pines and ponders and worries over which guy she should choose for over half the book I say both guys should dump her (and usually it is the heroine with two guys). If she keeps switching between two guys then I’m definitely out.
2. Bully Boyfriends
I do NOT put up with these bully-to-boyfriend novels that are gaining so much attention lately, and I don’t mean he-pulled-my-hair-in-1st-grade bully. This shouldn’t be confused with bad-boy books. I don’t mind the bad-boys. It’s just the guys who push the girls into relationships and turn into creepy, stalker-ish guys who the heroine “loves”.
3. No Real Climax
I like my romance novels to focus more on characters than on plot, but that doesn’t mean that plot isn’t important. Many romance novels I’ve read have a huge build-up of conflict but by the end of the book the conflict turns out to be not such a big deal and is easily resolved.
4. Pitiful Heroine
I don’t mind a heroine that needs rescuing every now and then. I
enjoy the angst. But there are those books where the heroine is in need of rescue every other chapter or is constantly sobbing.
5. Do-it-All Heroine
On the opposite side of number 4, the do-it-all heroine, is beginning to be a more common figure in romance books. These are the heroines that don’t need anyone and can do everything on their own. Most of the time their significant other is degraded for trying to help them and the guy is their only for the romance element.
6. Friends to Lovers
Cliche? Very. But I love it, and there’s so many ways the plot could turn! Then there’s always that element that if things don’t work out there’s more to lose than just one relationship. This can also be the-boy-next-door books.
7. Unlikely Pairings
I do like unlikely pairings, but not the cliche rich+poor, jock+nerd (though those can work, too). It’s books where the couple have very little in common but are still attracted to each other. One might be a loudmouth while the other is shy, one might be Batman fan while the other is a Superman fan. This brings all sorts of conflict between the couple, but it also creates a couple that compliment each other.
This is my “Much Ado About Nothing” obsession. They’re not friends, they’re not enemies. They bicker and fight all the time but they can’t leave each other alone. One day they finally decide out of no where that they’re in love, and usually it’s sugary and overly sweet and makes their friends sick watching. *sighhhh*
I do love realistic romance, but paranormal/fantasy romance adds so much depth to the stories! It mixes all my favorite creatures, worlds and plots and mixes in romance for good measure.
10. Big Brother
Yes. -_-; It’s my hidden love. The guy is in a protective “Big Brother” role, maybe a brother’s friend, and the two become a couple.