Top Five Romance Genres I Avoid

Top Five Romance Genres I Avoid

I know that readers can be really divided about romance – it’s a genre that falls prey to repetitive tropes and you’re almost guaranteed some semblance of a happy ending. For those that enjoy romance novels, that last part is one of the things that I enjoy most about romance. I like picking up a romance novel once in a while for a feel good read, and I’m an especially big fan of historical romance. However there are many genres of romance that I have absolutely no interest in and actively avoid.

Keep in mind that this is my own personal preference, so if a genre on this list is one of your favorites please don’t take it personally, I’m a firm believer that we should always read what makes us happy no matter what other people say!


Billionaire Bad Boy

The romance genre that I loathe the most is the billionaire bad boy. I’ve said it before, but I feel that many of these relationships just aren’t that believable. Many of the main characters are your every day plain Jane and a prince charming billionaire. Even worse are the “bad boys” which usually have plot lines or relationship dynamics that I find personally troubling. As for my personal experience dating a few reasonably rich guys, I can say also that the relationship always felt uneven, with money becoming a topic that comes up often and just not something that I prefer to weigh a relationship on.


Paranormal

When I was young I was pretty into vampire romance novels and a few werewolf ones. I don’t know when or why my preferences changed, perhaps it was the overabundance of these types of novels that many became much the same. I have never been all that big on urban fantasy novels and so paranormal romance tends to end up on my no thanks list. On very rare occasions I may consider a vampire romance given my deep love of the horror genre and vampires in particular, but in general I don’t have much interest if romance is the central focus.


Cowboys

I’ll be up front that I’m not a country girl by any stretch of the word. While I’ve spent a great deal of my life living in the American south, there is just nothing about country and cowboys that has ever appealed to me. Now that I’m trying to be a hater, many of my closest friends have been big into country music and cowboy hats and that is perfectly okay with me. Hell, my fiancĂ© is a Texan born and raised, and thank goodness he’s not a cowboy. This just isn’t my jam.


Christmas

Now I will preface this by saying that I LOVE the holidays! Once October begins I get hit with the holiday fever and enjoy making big plans for my family. Christmas in particular always fills me with warm and fuzzy feelings remembering my childhood and seeing the smiles on my children’s faces knowing they’ll still have the same happy memories that I do. However when it comes to Christmas romance novels I just find no appeal to them. Maybe it’s because I tend to be focused on family with the holidays and bundling up in all the most comfortable winter clothes, romance just isn’t at the top of my list.


Military

For those that know me personally this may seem like a funny one given my track record of dating men in the Navy. Not that I’m attracted to military guys specifically, I’ve just spent most of my life living in areas that had a heavy military presence due to growing up in a Navy family. Not even kidding, around 4 out of 5 times the people I meet have served in some capacity. The reality of a military marriage comes with a lot of difficulties that I’m sure are explored in the novels, the most obvious being long periods of separation where communication isn’t guaranteed and it is definitely a major test for the strength of a relationship. I always admire the people that can make it work and it can definitely be wonderful in a lot of ways, but the way that these romances are portrayed especially on the covers often feels really tacky to me.


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4 thoughts on “Top Five Romance Genres I Avoid

  1. I never really tried any romance novel- but to be fair I am not into romantic MOVIES either. Maybe a rom-com, but is that a novel genre? lol I guess I am pretty cynical or maybe just too practical about romance. I think though the billionaire romances irk me the most though. Mostly because you know, capitalism, and how bad some of the romances are in Korean dramas. Too many jerk rich guys getting with the sweet wonderful woman.

    Have you ever read the jezebel (I think it was jezebel) about the history of harlequin romance novels. It is really interesting.

    1. Yes I’ve read that article and it’s great! It’s interesting how Harlequin became the definition of romance, and how the genre has evolved and exploded into the mainstream. Also rom com actually is a novel genre and is one of the few that I can appreciate once in a while when I need a pick me up. You see it most often with young adult contemporary romances.

  2. One of my guilty pleasures re: romance is Amish romance. It starts to feel predictable if you’ve watched a few Amish movies or read a few Amish books, but I think the fact that their lifestyle feels so different from my own is one of the reasons I love it so.

    Billionaire Bad Boy romances are ones I, too, tend to stay away from—mostly because I find myself feeling like they’d be better if only either a) one character was gay and therefore not interested or b) the book was about a gay couple. It seems B only happens when women write M/M romance, in which case it’s usually also about a werewolf and a human, either one being the billionaire, and I personally would rather read an own voices in that case (i.e. author is a gay male themselves, at the very least), because I just feel that it becomes a sexualized relationship then—and that is what I have the most problems with.

    I think the top romance genre I avoid is Christian romance, sans Amish romance. I’m tired of the proselytizing, and it’s annoying as a lesbian who also identifies Christian to read Christian romance by authors who clearly have an agenda with their books. I prefer when the proselytizing is more subtle? The problem is when those books crossover to other genres I love, like historical fiction.

    Something that really annoys me in lesbian fiction is when the couple = femme + femme OR butch + butch, but never femme + butch, because masculine-of-center women is SO my type, Dallas is lacking in MOC women, and I have needs.
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    1. I haven’t read much lesbian romance but there is some femme + butch in Marriage of a Thousand Lies, and it’s own voices as far as I can tell!

      I’ve yet to read Amish romance yet but I’ve picked up a few free ones. I imagine the appeal is similar to why I like Historical Romance so much in terms of a different lifestyle, I much prefer it to contemporary romance.

      Billionaire Bad Boy anything is just a mess all over, and same as Amish I haven’t read much Christian romance as well. I tend to like clean romance over ones that are oversexualized so maybe I’d enjoy them, but I’ve been fearful of the very reasons you stated.

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