A Valentine’s Day freebie for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and Bookish. I could have done romantic interests I did like, but that wouldn’t have given me a chance to complain as much! And so my topic is:
Romantic interests I wasn’t actually interested in.
As always, I’m sticking to the SFF universe… and my Top Ten Tuesday is turning into a top 5 due to time restraints.
The Dragon, Uprooted (Naomi Novik)
I only just reviewed this, so my feelings on the Dragon are pretty close to the surface. That guy is an ass. He is condescending and I would so, never, ever date someone who called me “idiot” that many times. Or even once, actually.
Rupert, the Paradox Trilogy (Rachel Aaron)
I love the Paradox Trilogy to bits and pieces. It is the absolute best. Alas, the romance with Rupert was the one thing I could never get into. I was, at best, lukewarm to him. SO it was hard to be emotionally invested in their relationship, which unfortunately is what a lot of the drama (especially in book 3) centres around.
Rand, The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan)
I realize that Rand is probably not the love interest, but rather all the ladies… but honestly, I was consistently stumped throughout the series what it was that these three (!!) amazing women saw in Rand that was so wonderful. I would love to see more thoughtful depictions of polyamory in fiction, but this felt like a teenage boy’s fantasy of what polyamory would be. And those women could have done so much better than Rand. Especially Aviendha. She was a badass!
Flint, Shadowfell (Juliet Marillier)
Even though I *just* finished this book, I actually had to look up his name so I didn’t write “that guy”. Not very memorable, and I felt like he was very old to be romantically interested in a 15-16 year old.
Denna, The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
I realize Denna is having a hard time in life. I’m sure we will find out all about her traumatic past in book 3. But I get so tired of her jerking Kvothe around and being all evasive and mysterious. I want him to move on with his life! Find someone who can be honest and open with him, and build a healthy relationship! Leave this frustrating relationship behind! (That said, Kvothe is an unreliable and self-centered narrator, and his portrayal of her is undoubtedly biased.)
Who are some of your least favourite romantic interests or relationships?