March 15, 2019 at 4:47 pm #82213
I like romances with subplots, though, and if they don’t, I throw the book (sometimes quite literally)
Confused=my permanent state of mindMarch 15, 2019 at 6:11 pm #82230
Yeah, definitely agree! (Also, save us from those wretched curses called Love Triangles. *shivers*)
"But how could you live and have no story to tell?" - Fyodor DostoyevskyMarch 15, 2019 at 6:28 pm #82245
I freaking hate those, especially the one in KOTLC
Confused=my permanent state of mindMarch 15, 2019 at 6:47 pm #82248
I read about a love triangle and I’m like “okay, I would prefer to go rip my hair out over reading this garbage.” (ehh, maybe that was a little too harsh.)
Do you mean like the books by Shannon Messenger? (Sorry, I’m really bad at acronyms.🤦)
"But how could you live and have no story to tell?" - Fyodor DostoyevskyMarch 15, 2019 at 9:34 pm #82284
Keeper of the Lost Cities
Confused=my permanent state of mindMarch 16, 2019 at 11:39 am #82397
I stand with @ashira and @selah-chelyah, as I’m sure you were suspecting. 😉 Historical accuracy is important. However, I come close to “alternate history” when I read old sci-fi books. If, say, there’s a sci-fi or dystopian novel written in the 40s about the then future 80s, well, that’s technically alternate history, since it never ended up happening. 😀
My most recent interest in that area has been in reading short sci-fi stories by Walter M. Miller. They were written in the 50s, and are some of the best worldbuilding and character portrayals in short stories I’ve ever read. (Of course, I haven’t read a lot of short stories, so that’s not much to go on. 😉 )
@eden-anderson @e_elaine_soup5 I like romance too, and I agree that the book has to be about something other than just romance. However, I do enjoy some kinds of love triangles! 😮 😀 It seems that’s a pretty unpopular opinion around here…
Are there any romance cliches that you do like?
Nonsense makes the heart grow fonder ~ Carolyn WellsMarch 16, 2019 at 2:46 pm #82428March 16, 2019 at 7:50 pm #82462
I just think the love triangle is SO overused in fiction. Sometimes it almost feels like the author is writing their novel and all of a sudden they think “this story doesn’t have enough conflict…hmm, how can I fix this? Oh, I know! Let’s throw in a love-triangle!” Voilà Now they have an awesome book!! Um…no. Sorry.
I guess I’ve just read so many books with a love triangle in it, that I just got tired of it. I occasionally like them, if they are done well. 😛
Most romance cliches I am not really a fan of, but I do like the hate-to-love romance troupe. (Mr. Darcy and Lizzy, anyone?) I sometimes adore love-at-first-sight, if it’s done well. A lot of it depends on the characters and how the story unfolds. 😄 The love stories I adore are the slow burning romances, where people come to respect and love each other over a period of time. (Also, stories where childhood friends grow up and marry each other…aghhh! So precious.❤️)
What about you? What are some romance cliches that you like?
"But how could you live and have no story to tell?" - Fyodor DostoyevskyMarch 16, 2019 at 10:17 pm #82476
I like having a story that is already full enough of action and a strong plot that it doesnt rely on romance to give it substance or make it interesting – that way when you add some romance its just really satistfying and totally exciting.
"In a mask, was he?"March 17, 2019 at 4:40 am #82492
I kinda like the love triangle. I mean, a certain kind of love triangle. If done well. Then I like it.
I’m not really a fan of most other romance tropes but if played well, the love triangle can work.
Crazy INFP, writer, dancer, musical fanatic.
Seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your GodMarch 17, 2019 at 2:12 pm #82505
Yeah, I agree! (Although I do like books where romance is the main plot…I dunno, like both. 😛)
Hey, if it’s done well, than okay, that’s fine. I might even like it. But I’ve read to many books where love triangles were just annoying. 🙃
"But how could you live and have no story to tell?" - Fyodor DostoyevskyMarch 17, 2019 at 7:34 pm #82557
I love romance! And love triangles. Provided that all the parties involved behave like sensible adults.
I agree that there has to be more at stake in the story than whether the couple gets together or not.
What do you mean by “a certain kind of love triangle”?March 17, 2019 at 7:39 pm #82558
my favorite troupe is the “Absolutely-in-love-have-no-eyes-for-anyone-else” type of thing
I also like the hate-to-love thing too
Confused=my permanent state of mindMarch 17, 2019 at 7:49 pm #82560
I’ve heard some people refer to it as the Jane Austen love triangle. I’m not really sure how to explain it without writing an essay, but essentially there’s the two options, but the heroine isn’t wishywashy between the two, like in most modern novels, but is a choice between good and bad, though its not usually obvious which is which.
Or the A likes B but B likes C sort of love triangle.
Crazy INFP, writer, dancer, musical fanatic.
Seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your GodMarch 17, 2019 at 8:07 pm #82563
I get that
Confused=my permanent state of mind
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