Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new topic/top ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers. I'm so obsessed with lists - so it makes perfect sense that I'd love this feature!
Top Ten Things I LOVE in Love Stories
1. Friendship Grows to Love
I cannot get enough of stories where the couple starts off as friends and it grows into love.
And if one person is aware of those feelings way earlier than the other person? So much the better!
I love relationships that have friendship as the foundation because everything feels like it's been earned.
There's something about watching those feelings evolve that just makes my heart flutter every time!
2. Second Chance at Love
I adore love stories where the couple was together, separated... and meet again.
Depending on the reasons for break up, it just works. Yay for another chance at love!
The couple's shared history often just adds to the tension in the story in the best way.
And I love seeing people get the opportunity for forgiveness and reconciliation.
3. From Hate to Love
If I had to narrow this list down to only one item, it would be this one.
I absolutely love romances where the characters just can't stand each other at first.
The bickering and butting head is the spark the makes me automatically ship a couple.
I'm clearly a fan at seeing feelings evolve from one emotion into something even more complex!
4. From Different Worlds
This can be handled awkwardly, but I love a good "we're from different worlds" romance.
It's typically a financial or cultural divide, and I like seeing the two worlds juxtaposed.
It can provide an interesting dynamic, especially if the differences lead to conflict.
But I love rooting for people to defy convention/family/society, and choose to be together!
5. Bantering and Bickering
This is probably a given, but I absolutely love banter. And when the couple bickers, too?
SIGN ME UP. I think it's because I love individuals with backbone - who know their own minds.
I enjoy seeing them stand their ground and not just be/do/say what the other person wants to hear.
And it takes a certain level of intelligence to banter, so bonus points for smart characters.
6. Longing Glances
I love romances with a moment where the characters exchange longing glances.
Whether it's staring across the room or taking a second look when they first meet,
I sure do love when their eyes do the talking and you know just what they're thinking.
I don't know why, but I love when words are unnecessary. Swoon.
7. Less is More
I know this is pretty similar to the item above, but I still wanted to include it.
I prefer to read love stories that leave certain parts of a romance to the imagination.
I love kisses, but there's something to be said for small (but significant) physical contact.
And when it all culminates, I definitely prefer for the story to fade to black...
8. No More Obstacles
If there are obstacles keeping the couple apart, I love the moment they no longer exist.
When a relationship has been in question, I love when the couple finally gets an answer!
I rejoice when a couple can finally be together with nothing standing in their way.
If there's been a lot of build up to that moment, it can be such an emotional scene.
9. Rejected Proposal / Painful Separation
I think I'm a sucker for couples separated under painful circumstances.
Rejected proposals, family disapproval, wives in attics... you name it!
I'm heartbroken when they split, but I love anticipating their reunion.
Hurt feelings, grieving hearts and utter longing is my kind of romance.
10. Dancing Leads to Love
“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love...”
There's Jane Austen delivering another universally acknowledged truth.
Personally, I can't dance to save my life. But I'm all about READING about dancing.
The ball, the gowns, the crowd, the music, the flirting, the gossip... Yes, please.
My biggest dislike? When a couple who is MEANT TO BE doesn't end up together.
That dislike just grows if they end up with people WHO ARE CLEARLY WRONG FOR THEM.
Yes, I'm still a little bitter about this one. And that's all I will say about that...