“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.”
― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Obsidian
“Look, let me just say it: He was hot. A nonhot boy stares at you relentlessly and it is, at best, awkward and, at worst, a form of assault. But a hot boy . . . well.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
“Are you all right,” he whispered, his lips brushing the tips of my spiky hair. Granted, I knew he was only being discreet so as to save poor Hillary from being reamed again, but my knees didn’t know the difference. They betrayed me, buckling under his hot breath on my ear and the deep whisper that tickled my senses.”
― Gwenn Wright, Filter
I can’t do it any longer. I can’t read one more description of a very tall guy, with brown hair that was falling down on his forehead. He was mysterious and handsome. The hottest guy that ever existed. He had green, blue and grey eyes. His cheekbones were so defined. His body was amazing.
Who I’m talking about?
Edward Cullen – Twilight
Peter Kavinsky – To all the boys I’ve loved before
Daemon – Obsidian
Adrian- Vampire Academy
Alex Fuentes – Perfect Chemistry
Will Herondale – The Infernal Devices
Warner- Shatter Me
Four – Divergent
Raffe – Angelfall
Any boy in any Colleen Hoover book
*INSERT ANY OTHER MAIN LOVE INTEREST FROM ANY OTHER YA BOOK*
Please give me something new. Something more realistic. I’m not going to lie and pretend like I myself did not fall in love with a character described in that way (I did plenty of times), but I can’t any longer. Every time I start reading such a description my eyes start rolling and in my head a voice is shouting “he’s not real”. Now don’t get me wrong I know that when I read a fictional book the characters aren’t going to be real, but while reading the book that’s not something that should pop up in my head. When I read a romance heavy book I do it for entertainment. I am entertained when I get sucked in a book or a movie and can live in that for a while. I don’t want to read a character description and think about how fake it is. And I think that’s the biggest problem. The characters are so unrealistic that there is no way I can enjoy reading the book.
Whatever happens is just not believable. The main character has never in her life been to a party and the first guy she meets is this extremely attractive bad boy who loves reading and listens to indie music? I’m more likely to meet Jesus at that party than such a guy.
Also I feel like they just make it so easy for themselves. The authors don’t even have to think about any character trades any longer they just use the one everyone else seems to be successful with. I don’t want every boy I read about to also like books. Just because the person reading your book probably likes reading doesn’t mean the love interest has to. I don’t want every boy in the book to be a hero. Maybe he isn’t strong and won’t go into dumb fights for his girl. I don’t want every guy to have an extremely hot body. Maybe he doesn’t like working out. Please just give him a bit of character.
The only bad boy who reads classics is Jess from Gilmore Girls :
NO ONE ELSE!
What bothers me as well is how the girls in the books are usually getting into these (unrealistic) situations where they can’t get anybodies help except form that tall, hot bad boy who reads. No other human beings around you? That’s realistic. You had a fight with all of your friends that night? Sure why not.
Oh and I forgot about his tragic past. Parents died. Siblings died. Dog died. Cat died. Fridge died. Everything in his life died which he uses as an excuse to treat you like a piece of shit (because he has to be a bad boy). He doesn’t say any of this until you find out from someone else and now you like him even more because he’s even more mysterious. Damn that’s clever.
I love Romance and I’ve been searching for good ones but it seems to me as if the only Contemporary books which do have good romance are the once with LGBTQ+ characters. As a straight girl I sometimes do want to read a Romance with a girl meets boy story and I do want to enjoy it, but HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO ENJOY IT WHEN THE AUTHOR IS CONSTANTLY TALKING ABOUT HOW FUCKING HOT HE IS.
Most people don’t look like GQ models, why can’t you accept that?
The other thing that drives me crazy is that when they do get together after 280 pages the author decides they want a longer book so they google the word ‘misunderstanding’ and put an unnecessary plot into their book which makes it 200 (painful) pages longer. It’s literally a problem that could be solved with one conversation but since the two are so angry at each other they don’t talk until that very tragic accident (car crash probably).
But we all know what happens at the end, don’t we? They end up together. Oh happy endings how I hate you…
If you do have any recommendations for books without such characters please let me know! Also I am well aware that there are books which aren’t like that for example Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I was just talking about the majority of YA romances.