Top Ten Tuesday | My Least Favorite Romance Tropes

Hello all! How are you doing today?

Welcome to another week of the Top Ten Tuesday meme created by That Artsy Reader Girl!

This week’s prompt is a freebie, so I choose to do my least favorite romance tropes!

1. Insta-Love! I hate this one the MOST! Though SOMETIMES it’s okay, those are rare.

2. Amnesia. Why, just why?

3. Gay for you.

4. Terrible depictions of Mental Illness and using it as a plot device.

5. The secret-baby or secret-child trope. This one aggravates me the most, I don’t know why but it just does.

6. Blackmail.

7. Marriage of convenience.

8. Ugly duckling.

9. Siblings or friends ex-spouse 

10. Relationship/marriage of convenience

And that is it. Do you have any tropes that you hate to see in books? Let me know in the comments!

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13 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday | My Least Favorite Romance Tropes”

  1. Oh my god, so many of these are just freaking atrocious. The worst is the sibling’s or friend’s ex-spouse, ESPECIALLY if the sibling/friend is dead. It is just… meh. Terrible depiction of mental health and secret baby are two others I hate. I really like marriage of convenience, though, haha – but mostly in historical romance, as it generally makes more sense there. Great list!

    My TTT


    • Right!! Oh my, I just read on with a siblings widowed spouse and I was like NO, why are we doing this? You know I am really reluctant to read historical romances, besides Jane Austen. I should probably give them a try, I just don’t know where to start. Thank you!!


  2. I love these least favorite tropes posts, for some reason. I guess I like complaining? xD I’m with you there with insta-love. I don’t mind insta-attraction, obviously, and I’m sometimes totally down for the “I feel a sudden pull towards this person like we’re meant to be for some reason,” but only if it comes with an actual explanation for it. Mental illness as a plot device annoys me when it’s used simply as a barrier that needs to be overcome in order for the characters to achieve happiness, and then in the end, it is overcome and they live happily ever after. Like, that’s not how this works. Great choices!

    Here’s my TTT post.

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    • Right! It was so fun to do, but I like to complain as well ☺️ Oh absolutely, insta-attraction I’m down for too because it can happen. But yeah insta-love bothers me sooo much. Like I know were reading but that’s just not realistic and not something I wanna read about. You cut out half of the story if you do it that way. Yes, mental illness as a barrier is just so wrong and totally uncalled for. Thank you!!

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  3. I AM CHEERING. YES TO ALL OF THESE. Insta-love is so frustrating. Secret children are a no-go. AND amnesia ??? NO THANK YOU. Gosh, there are so many terrible tropes out there and sometimes I forget about them and then they sneak up on me and it’s the absolute freaking worst! Great topic choice.

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  4. I hate the ‘ugly duckling’ trope most of all because really the heroine is contact lenses and a makeover away from being gorgeous but she has 0% self-esteem and is a total dowdy plain jane. It feels very artificial for women who actually aren’t all that attractive like me. 😛

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