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
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
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
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
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
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?