Top Ten Tuesday is a thing where we get given a topic, and we have to list our ‘top ten’ things for the topic. Pretty self-explanatory.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This Week’s Topic: Ten Things I Like/Dislike When it comes to Romance in Books

Five things I like:

1. The Shipping
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate just how much fun this is.

2. When the couple are also friends
And I don’t mean when the forever-best-friend suddenly reveals that he/she’s been in love with the other all this time. That’s annoying. But I mean when the two people aren’t just all about gazing lovingly at each other, but are actually really good friends.

3. When the character’s actually trust each other
It annoys me when the character’s have been together a while, but then one of them sees the other doing something that may be considered suspicious (ie, walking out of a room that another girl was in), they automatically assume the worst.
Where is the trust, people?
And then they don’t give the character a chance to explain what was happening. Which leads to all sorts of complications.

4. When they are able to function without the other
Sometimes you get characters, and as soon as one of them is away, the other one doesn’t know what to do with their life.
That is not good.

5. The way Maggie Stiefvater writes romance
I’m sorry…I just had to put this in here. (Totally not sorry).

Five things I dislike

6. Instalove
I have a feeling that this will be a popular one. Often, I don’t mind it so much, and it rarely affects my enjoyment of the story, but still…annoying.

7. Love Triangles
When they aren’t done well!! I feel the need to make that clarification, because there is a difference between good love triangles and bad ones.

8. When the Best friend is secretly in love with the main character
I dunno…it just really bugs me. Especially since they never seem to have the guts to say anything about it until they miss their chance, and then get really annoyed at the other for not noticing.

9. When it’s all romance and no talking
Relationships don’t last without conversation. Conversation is how you get to know people. You can’t be in love with someone if all you ever do with them is make out.

10. The “I’ve watched you from a distance for several months/years without you knowing and now I’m in love with you” thing
This happens WAY too often. Seriously.
Usually ends with a “now I won’t kill you/take you away to marry my relative/take you to my leader who doesn’t like you”