It’s May and I’ve been tagged by the amazing Chloe from Book Dragons 24/7 to do the Anti-Valentines book tag. so here we go
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A book which shows the ups and downs of a relationship, so there’s highs and lows and it’s not all just a high.
The first one that I actually thought of when reading this question was Celaena Sardothian and Chaol Westfall. Their relationship is definitely one of the rockiest I can think of at the moment, it didn’t exactly start off on the right foot. This relationship wasn’t without its ups and downs from sneaking away to blaming the other one for a death. Nice to see that they both ended up happy (for now, I’m not planning on finishing Empire of Storms until later, please don’t burst my bubble)
A book where the romance aspect felt rather forced and would have been a better story without the romance.
I’m going to go with the Hunger Games love triangle. Although the whole “let’s pretend we’re in love to save ourselves” wasn’t a bad idea in my opinion, did they really need a love triangle. Did Gale really have to kiss Katniss once another guy had shown interest? Why do some people who you think are genuinely nice people try and enter a romantic relationship with the main character?
Worst love triangle you’ve come across thus far?
Okay, i’m going to change this slightly to weirdest because a human, a werewolf and a vampire in a love triangle still come off as weird to me. It’s not like I didn’t enjoy the first three books while they were out (I did think the films were awful) but I felt like cringing when I found out what Jacob was and just knew it’d be a battle of the supernatural which isn’t my kinda thing.
An OTP that the rest of the book community loved – that you just didn’t.
Again not really an OTP but I don’t like the Snape and Lily obsession. I honestly don’t think he was good enough for her. I don’t think James was either but it’s the whole friend zone thing again Why are authors obsessed with trying to bring people out of the friend zone. It always makes the one who is not attracted to the other look awful.
Love doesn’t cure all…a book where the love apparently cures everything (mental illness, eating disorder etc).
I read a book a couple of years ago about a woman who was selling her virginity to save her mother. She talked about it to a boy in a chatroom who tried to talk her out of it and someone bid on anyway. So the guy that bid on her fell in love with her but she got cancer. The only other thing I remember is she was on the bathroom floor, he saved her (due to being incredibly rich as he was a software developer or something) she survived and they all lived happily ever after. I feel like if he wasnt rich and didn’t love her then she’d be doomed.
A contemporary everyone and their dog seems to love, that you’d gladly burn.
Okay, i’m going to start off by saying I don’t actually hate this book (although I didn’t finish it) but I’m not keen on the popularity of 13 Reasons Why. A few people I know have found it quite triggering and after my friend committed suicide when I was 16 I don’t want to feel like that again because of some book/TV show.
A love song you can’t stand?
This is so hard I’ve gone blank. erm, I’m going to have to say Celine Dion’s my heart will go on because I had to learn it in Tab for an exam in school.
Flowers and chocolates or books? Which would you rather have as a Valentines gift
Erm books. They can last forever. Chocolates would barely last five minutes and I can’t seem to keep flowers alive for anything.
A book where the romance added to the story and the journey
I’ve got to say the Seven Years gone for this because she not only has romantic love but family love on her Journey to Harrison to escape The Society. This is once she discovers who her family is.
Favourite and least favourite love tropes?
Okay for a Disney fan this one is unusual but I don’t like love at first sight things or true loves first kiss can break the spell. Love, at first sight, I don’t believe in and I think that it’s because it’s more lust at first sight. I fall in love with peoples personalities and their thoughts and if they’re weird that is a huge bonus. There is more to people than what they look like.
I don’t know whether this is necessarily my favourite as there is a lot of tropes but it’s the enemies to lovers thing. I think this is because I know that this works. I despised my husband when I first met him, he was the most annoying person I’ve ever come across. Now here we are together for 12 years this year and will have our fifth wedding anniversary in September and have two beautiful children. this could also add to the reason why I don’t like love at first sight stories.
- What is a book that made you cry?
- What book did the dreaded love triangle come into play but you didn’t mind?
- What character annoys you for no reason?
- A book where there is no love interest?
- A book where the romance aspect takes the character away from their quest?
- A book where the character has an unrealistic task to get to their love
- An overused love trope
- a book where love isn’t the be all and end all
- Favourite retelling
- a book where the love interest, unfortunately, passes away
Anyone and everyone that wants to do this as this was actually quite fun and I really had to think about my answers for some of these questions