It is known that there is no novel, especially no YA novel, without a romance. Romantic pairs are even featured in the Bible! Romance – for good or for BAD – is an immovable fixture in fiction. Somehow love makes the world, and the printing presses, go round as efficiently as money. Of course romance might be presented well, adding to the story, or badly, and destroy it completely for any sensible reader. If you read novels I am sure you know what I mean. You try to imagine such a romantic pair in reality and…you fail. In other words – bad romance. Nowadays books are full of them but even some classics didn’t avoid this trap.
- Bella Swan and a certain glittering vampire (ok, Edward Cullen, here, I can remember his name and I am not affraid to repeat it if I must) from Twilight (written by Stephanie Meyer). Do I have to say more? She is weak, snivelling and stupid, he is stupid and glittering and impossible conceited. A pair of dumb teens who will never grow up because they live in a world without logic. They even have a child. Social care should intervene!
- Heathcliff and Cathy Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I was never able to understand what he saw in her and vice versa – perhaps their own faults. Both seemed a bad case of narcissism anyway and should undergo a treatment as they were mentally unstable.
- Luce Price and Daniel Grigori (so a fallen angel) from Fallen by Lauren Kate. He seems to be too dumb to joke or smile, she seems too dumb to notice his flaws. Or anything else around her. Love might be blind but not exactly that stupid! Retractable wings? *SNORT*
- Tess and Angel Clare from Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. If you haven’t read this one at least watch a very good (although a bit long) R.Polanski movie (Tess). These two were able to botch up a perfectly nice, sweet marriage (if such a thing exists) and then it got only worse – she killed for practically no reason, he wasn’t able to defend her and/or hide her. Brain surgeon, quick!!!
- Romeo Montague and Jullietta Capulet from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Julliet. Who doesn’t know their story – once again two teenagers who don’t see, don’t think, don’t plan properly just fall in love and and go to bed. Small wonder they end up dead. After all it is survival of the fittest, right?