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Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books
This kind of falls perfectly in line with a post I did last fall for September Sizzlers about the components that make up a good romance.
It really rubs me the wrong way when there is such a gross disparity between the male and female character in terms of background and upbringing that is used as a major point to keep the two characters apart. We already have a culture of women who greatly feel that there is something inherently wrong with them when it comes to relationships, and adding this to the mix…it just really, honestly, pisses me off. I get mad about it.
Money. I hate how money and financial power is held over a love interest character some way or another. That sets up the situation for failure, and allows for something to be lorded over the other one (usually).
A character who acts as a snitch – purposefully for harm – is a dislike. I know sometimes it’s what is needed to pull the plot along and tie up some loose ends, but when it’s solely to hurt another character…no. It infuriates me.
I love a romance story that takes readers – and the characters – on an adventure. The grander, the better. There’s something about experiences that bring people together, not to mention the fun!
An honest connection. Something not based on mere circumstance or accident.
True bonding between the characters. I’m not talking superficial, barely-scratches-the-surface that is common with instalove or its many cousin variations.