Wednesday, 22 March 2017

TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY: Top five angsty romances

(Top Five Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey. Find out more at the Goodreads group!)

I'm not a huge fan of angsty romances anymore. 
Once upon a time, they were my lifeblood. I couldn't get enough of them, and any book that even slightly hinted towards a relationship filled with brooding and difficulty sent my heart racing.
I've had a bloody hard time choosing pairings for this topic, and I've had to delve way way back into pre-blog reading to scrabble together five. 

5) Patch and Nora Grey - 'Hush, Hush' by Becca Fitzpatrick
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I was so in love with Patch when I read this book, and I couldn't stop dreaming about what it would be like to have a bad boy who loved me as much as he loved Nora. Their relationship was intense, but that's what made it true love.
Now, because I read this back in 2008, I can't remember much about it... Other than my intense feelings towards the damaged fallen angel love interest. After having a quick scroll through the Goodreads reviews, methinks I might have been a little too innocent and optimistic when I picked this one up...

4) Anna Oliphant and Etienne St. Clair - 'Anna and the French Kiss' by Stephanie Perkins

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Etienne has a girlfriend, which causes most of the angst in this relationship. Anna wants him, but she can't, because he has a girlfriend. Etienne's girlfriend is horrible, so he doesn't see anything wrong with flirting with Anna at every possible opportunity... But still doesn't break up with his girlfriend.
There are all kinds of communication issues in this relationship, which just ramps the angst up to a higher level than you would have ever thought possible...

3) Jace (Wayland? Morgenstern? Herondale?) and Clary Fray - The Mortal Instruments

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Literally can't remember what Jace's surname ended up being (#sorrynotsorry).
What's more angsty than falling in love with your sister, and then realising SHE'S NOT YOUR SISTER?! 
I should probably finish this series one day, but meh, ain't happening for the foreseeable future...
2) Damon Salvatore and Elena Gilbert - The Vampire Diaries

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I can't remember really caring about Damon or Elena (or any of the other characters...) when I read the books, but the TV show adaptation made me ship this pairing harder than I've ever shipped any other. Damon's all moody because he wants Elena and she's in love with his brother, but when he eventually opens up and shows her his soft side, he finally gets his girl.
This should be a lesson to any boy who acts like an idiot to impress the girl he wants: stop. Just be yourself, she'll love you so much more.

1) Tate Langdon and Violet Harmon - American Horror Story: Murder House
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There's no physical way for this relationship to get angstier. Tate is a ghost, Violet is alive (at least at the start of their relationship) and he rapes her mother, becoming the father of her half-brother.
Yeah, this coupling is pretty WTF, but at the time - before all of the reflection on quite how weird it was - I adored them. 

Wow, angsty relationships are irritating. Is it any wonder I haven't been able to reread any of these books (or watch any of the shows again) for fear of discovering I actually hate them now?!

I hope you enjoyed this Top Five Wednesday! Do you like angsty relationships, or do you want your romance to be free of brooding?


  1. Ahhh, I remember Violet and Tate well. They were such a cute, non-practical really messed up couple. I think they made the show that year. I didn't really care for the Mom and Dad too much. I read Hush Hush and it sort of drove me crazy but that was years ago. Nice choices and I totally get what you mean about rereading.

    1. I agree, I haven't loved any of the other seasons as much as that first one! I remember not finishing the series because I was growing disinterested by it, but it would be funny to read and review it now, almost ten years after I LOVED it.

  2. I think Jace is a Herondale? I can't remember either xD I forgot about Tate and Violet. They were cute at first, but then he rape her mom and just NOPE. Even though he's sorry and apologize, I'm actually glad Violet didn't forgive him.

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

    1. To be fair, if Evan Peters was crying and begging me to forgive him, I don't think I'd be able to resist - that girl has some determination! :P