Top Ten Worst Relationships In Books

This week’s top ten Tuesday with the Broke and the Bookish is “the top ten books that will make you swoon.”  Ew.  I don’t even like the word swoon.  And I am pretty sure by definition I, as a policy, don’t swoon.

So, that list is out.

I did a top ten romances list for last year’s Valentine’s season TTT.  Not doing that again.

Thus, I am mixing it up.

As the eternal anti-romantic (at least that is what my husband calls me) I present to you the top ten worst relationships.  By that I mean, those that are just plain unbelievable, founded on poor decisions and destined (in real life) to end, all-around gross or sad/disturbing on a deepr level.  To make it even more bizarre, my lovely husband helped me with some of these picks.

  1. Edward and Bella from the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer.  Any relationship that involves one member thinking you smell good enough to eat and creeping you while you are sleeping is generally a bad idea.  Plus, they were the gross brand of all about each other.
  2. Jacob and Bella from the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer.  What is with the kind-of interspecies relationships.  To start… Love triangle.  Blech.  Next step, there is a lot happening with these two despite Bella’s other supernatural relationship.  Stop the emotional and, at times, physical cheating.  And don’t even start on when he imprints on her weird spawn.
  3. Anna and Etienne from Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book a lot. That being said, I also liked their friendship.  I do not like the lies, cheating and such that brought about their dating relationship.  I also don’t like how disgustingly “together” they were.
  4. Heathcliff and Catherine from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  They are a crazy bunch of people with a terribly sad story.
  5. Miriam, Laila and Rasheed from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.  This was just plain sad on so many levels.  Such a hurtful set of relationships full of humiliation, shame, secrets and lies.
  6. Rachel and Dex from Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin.  I am so not cool with cheating, even if the fiancée is a jerk and they do seem good together.  Such a terrible idea.  Always.
  7. Issac and Monica from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.  Teenagers don’t often do long term relationships well.  Especially in the context of serious health issues.  These kids are examples of this.  Their gross make-out scenes followed by the not surprising break-up made for a very crummy (but kind of real) relationship.
  8. Ian and Wanda from The Host by Stephanie Meyer.  Stephanie Meyer  writes some freaking messed up relationships.  This is probably one of the most bizarre love triangle things.  And then Wanda gets planted in the body of a teenager and they get to be together.  Blech.
  9. Gatsby and Daisy and Tom and Daisy from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Such a bizarre story.  I could also include Tom and his mistress, as well.  So many relationships.  So much dysfunction.
  10. Sadie and John Clayton from 11/22/63 by Stephen King.  There were some huge issues with this relationship.  They slept with a broom separating them, they never had sex and the book kind of insinuates that he was gay and hiding it.  Plus, you have the whole divorce thing.  And to top it off, he comes to kill his wife.  Not healthy, not healthy at all.

What romances did you dislike either for their sheer lack of realism, disgustingness, sadness or awfulness?

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7 thoughts on “Top Ten Worst Relationships In Books

  1. Love this spin you did, given I didn’t do this topic either as I rarely swoon myself. Ah well. Definitely agree with Meyer’s propensity for horrid relationships. And the Claytons! It’s actually a little sad how few non-messed up relationships I can think of in books.

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