Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created over at Broke and Bookish.
This weeks Top Ten is:
Top 10 Books I Wish Had More Healthy Relationships in Them.
It’s February again, which means love is in the air! I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for romance books of any kind. Give me cheesy romances. Give me light and fluffy YA romances. You can even give me sexy erotic romances. I don’t care! I’ll read them all, and love it all! But I must admit that recently I’ve had a problem with the (sometimes insanely) unhealthy relationships out there in Book Word. I understand that books are supposed to be entertaining and that it’s just a story. But I honestly worry that there are ladies out there looking for their own Christian Grey.
Like I just said, I really do love romance novels of all kinds. And I honestly don’t mind a completely crazy romance now and then, but this topic isn’t about my favourite Crazy Couples ever. No! It’s about books I wish had more healthy relationships in them.
1 Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L James
Fifty Shades of Grey immediately comes to mind when I think about novels with unhealthy and crazy relationships. This is the story about two people who from the very start want to change the other person in the relationship. Christian wants shy, good-girl Ana to become his submissive, even after she tells him how uncomfortable she feels about a Dom-Sub relationship.
On the other hand, Ana is sure that she can get controlling, dominant Christian to settle down and have a sweet “vanilla” happily ever after. This relationship is poisonous, unhealthy and just wrong. (I say that after having read the series twice 🙂 Whoops!) There are so many things that could’ve been done to make this not-a-sucky romance!
2 Twilight – Stephanie Meyer
Moving on swiftly to the Book that inspired the above-mentioned disaster of a romance: Twilight. Many readers will agree with me when I say that Bella Swan is truly one of the most disliked female characters out there. Her personality and actions revolves completely around Edward Cullen. Her love for him drives her to make rash and down right stupid decisions. This often leads to putting everyone in dangerous positions that could’ve easily been avoided.
Edward on the other hand is so damned creepy. He wants to kill Bella but also enjoys creeping into her room to watch her sleep. He’s very over-protective and just a little bit on the jealous side.
And just to add… as a bonus… Jacob has experienced the worse case of “friend-zoned” ever documented in a book. 🙂
3 The Bride Quartet – Nora Roberts
Okay! Hold up! Before I say anything about this series, I just have to say that I enjoyed all four of the books very much. It was romantic and sexy and all the good things you want from a proper romance novel. However, I personally don’t see how getting engaged in a matter of weeks (Like 6-10 weeks) is healthy for a relationship. I have been with my partner for seven years now, and I cannot imagine where we would’ve been if we got engaged within the first month of our relationship. I mean, seriously! The first year of a relationship is basically a honeymoon phase, where everything is moonshine and roses. After that, the real shit comes out, and you really get to know each other. Right? Again, I’ll just say that I KNOW this is fiction, but it still sets a very unrealistic standard.
4 The Selection – Kiera Cass
Where do I even start with this one?
Here we have a prince who has to choose a wife out of a pool of 30 women, the Bachelor style. He immediately makes a connection with a girl, who clearly doesn’t seem interested in him. But he tries to win her affection, while still being conflicted about his feelings for all the other girls. Because who can choose only one young, beautiful, eligible lady as a wife?
Then there is America Singer, the underdog. The lowest class of all the ladies in the selection. And surprise surprise, she’s not interested in the prince. No! she loves the cute boy back home who cannot offer her anything. Until the life of luxury grows on her and she decides that maybe falling for a prince is not such a bad idea after all.
This relationship begins in such a bad way that I cannot see how a happily ever after could be possible… But that’s just me.
5 Just One Day
Just One Day was one of my least favourite books of 2016 for the simple reason that the story was just really bad. I had really high hopes for this book as it’s written by Gayle Forman, but I was so disappointed. Just One Day is literally about Allyson and Willem who meet each somewhere in Europe, and agree to spend one day together in Paris. They fall madly in love (in just one day) and then Poof! Willem disappears after having his wicked way with Allyson! Instead of accepting that it was probably a one night stand, Allyson goes back to America and obsesses about this boy. This boy who ditched her. Allyson is determined to figure out what happened to Willem.
Just One Day shows just how crazy girls get when boys play with their hearts. It’s so bad that Allyson doesn’t make new friends in college, because of her broken heart. She travels all across Europe hoping to find Willem, to find answers. I just cannot like this book or the characters in it. Allyson is obsessive to the point of insanity!
6 The Mortal Instruments
There were many great relationships in The Mortal Instruments series. Magnus and Alec being one of my favourites. But then there was the relationship what made me go “Uhm… What?!”
Do you know who I’m talking about? Clary and Jace of course! I’m referring to the relationship between them in the first couple of books. The books where they kind of fall in love, and then find out that they are kind of brother and sister. If all romantic feelings went out the door at that moment I would not have minded. But the fact that Jace and Clary were honestly considering being together, romantically, even though they are related, was just not okay with me. Excuse me for not thinking that incest is hella romantic!
Luckily later on *spoiler alert* they do find out that they are not related, and continue their relationship without incest bringing them down! Yay! *Spoiler End*
I know that’s only 6, but they are six really good ones! So yeah! 🙂 Do you agree that these are some really unhealthy relationships, that could’ve been much better?
x IVDB X