Romance Fails in Fiction Tag

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A plague o’ both your houses! Or you know, just a common cold… I’m getting a bit bored of saying “guys I’m ill again”, but yeah, I’m ill again (also bored of being “ill again” only my immune system doesn’t seem to care). So that was my really long winded way of saying sorry for being so sporadic on the blog this week!

Anyway, I couldn’t sleep last night (obviously that does wonders for my health) and I got to writing this tag post- so even though I have a gazillion people to reply to and should probably just rest a bit I’M POSTING IT BECAUSE I AM ADDICTED AND HAVE PROBLEMS GUYS. *Ahem* anywayyy thank you so much to the lovely Little Book Nook for tagging me for this one- I clearly couldn’t resist after reading your awesome answers 😉 And what better way to round off a week of lovey-dovey posts…


  • Please PINGBACK to Kate @ Melting Pots and Other Calamities.
  • You can choose ten romance fails from ANY media you like: books, movies, anime, manga, T.V shows, or Webtoons. You can even mix them up if you want.
  • You can choose funny fails or serious ones; for the serious ones, phrase it humorously. Remember, this is a fun tag! It’s not meant to be serious.
  • Mention who’s who in the fails. (I.E, who fails and who is the recipient of the failure). If there isn’t  recipient, per se, just state the couple (or non-couple).
  • Optional: Rank the failures from least extreme to most extreme.
  • 5 failures at LEAST.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but at least one person.

What I love about this one is that you can mix it up with all different media- and I’m gonna do just that… (also gonna try and keep to the rule of making them progressively worse).

jon dany

Jon/Dany (Game of Thrones)– you guys know of my undying love for this series, but it’s the kind of series that sinks ships faster than that iceberg sunk the Titanic. I could fill a book with all the FAILS of relationships here- in fact GRRM has managed five (and a half) yet *spoilers if you haven’t seen season 7* this is right up there (just behind Cersei and Jaime). The reason this goes on my list ahead of other dysfunctional couples is because guys I was one of the schmocks that wanted this to happen and I’m so so sorry!! When it actually did happen my response was pretty much NOOOOO! Because, once my other theories got proved right, it became irrevocably EWW.


Dorian/Celaena (Throne of Glass)– okay so I didn’t actually ship this one, but I was more on board with it than Celaena/Chaol (pretty sure I’ve made my disdain for Chaol clear). To be honest, I don’t think they suit each other at all. It is interesting though that this one failed because of Maas’ original premise: “What if Cinderella was an assassin and went to the ball not to dance with the prince, but to kill him?”

crime and punishment

Raskolnikov/Sonya (Crime and Punishment)– *spoilers* cos he’s a murderer, really obnoxious and treats her poorly if my memory serves. And she’s so messed up that she takes it. And then follows him off to Siberia- righhhht.

rachel joey

Rachel/Joey (Friends)– Little Book Nook had this one too- and I must concur! Worst. TV. Pairing. Ever. And so unnecessary. Just why did this even happen again?


Sirius/Anyone/Me (Harry Potter)– was I the only one fantasising that someone was going to come in on their white horse (/hypogriff, but that’s a bit “been there, done that”)  and give him the romance he deserved? (Spoilers: that’s not gonna happen) I know I’ve mentioned him a lot lately, but he was my favourite character.


Ally/Noah (The Notebook)– cos I not so secretly hate that film #sorrynotsorry. Actually a little sorry at all the rage that comment will inevitably attract- but hear me out. It’s not that it’s a terrible movie it’s just that I hate the love interests and everything they represent- aka you can be horrible, dysfunctional people to each other and screw over a perfectly decent third wheel, and everything works out just fine. Ugh. Cheating is not cool and movies like this just glorify it!! Speaking of cheating…


Tatiana/Alexander (The Bronze Horseman)– another controversial one, but I HATED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! I HATED the contrived Cinderella plot to gain false sympathy, I DESPISED the control-freak, pervy love interest, and I COULDN’T STAND the useless mc. Also why do they spend half the book arguing over whether they should be together WHILST CHEATING? And why is it treated like martyrdom when Tatiana carries on behind her sister’s back WHILST CHEATING? And then it came to the sex and just… ugh- nothing worse than sex scenes between two people you hate. Oh yeah, usual disclaimer about no such thing as spoiling shit books. Sorry if you were desperate to read this.

fifty shades of grey

Christian/Ana (Fifty Shades of Grey)– because STALKING ≠ SEXY. Look I get it, I’m not judging people for reading erotica- but this shit is ABOMINABLE (and dudettes have you not heard of this wonderful thing called the INTERNET?! I’m not trying to corrupt young minds or anything, cos the people reading this were mostly mums, only inform you that there’s equally awfully written porn available FOR FREE… so yeah just try google next time, then we won’t have to hear about insufferable books like this polluting bestseller lists- thanks!)

Annnd I don’t think I can do anything worse than that so I’ll stop there.

I tag: Melanie, Kat, Michel, Zezee, Dani, Samantha, Lucinda and Jessica

So what romances in fiction do you consider the biggest fail? And dare I ask- what do you think of my picks here? Let me know in the comments!


122 thoughts on “Romance Fails in Fiction Tag

  1. Kat Impossible says:

    No, no, no! Why did you want Jon and Dany to happen hahaha I am now forever partially going to blame you, because I did NOT want that whatsoever hahaha
    Sirius was sooo amazing! On another note, can we have ships with ourselves in this, because … then I am suddenly going to be able to come up with a looot of things? Thanks so much for tagging me, but I could think of surprisingly few fails … except for Dany and Jon hahaha

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  2. meltotheany says:

    I LOVE ALL OF YOU ANSWERS, well, maybe not the Notebook one… but ALL THE REST! Even The Bronze Horseman one, which I feel is more controversial that I enjoy, haha! But Tatiana could do at least 100 times better than Alexander, and I will die on that hill! And oh my gosh, the Joey and Rachel one? I love you. And thank you so much for the tag, sweetheart! ❤ xx

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  3. raistlin0903 says:

    Well you know it isn’t Jon’s fault right? Because we all know he knows nothing 😂😂😂
    This was a wonderful tag and a really fun post that you made of it. I really have to think a bit about this one…but thanks for tagging me 😊😊😊
    Also…I really hope you will feel better soon 😊

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  4. Jessica Triepel says:

    Thanks for the tag! I’ll try to get to it this weekend. Gotta figure out how to do pingbacks and tags! 😂 It will be a fun challenge to come up with some romance fails, but I must agree with your first. Jon and Dany just doesn’t work. Not in the show, at least. Yes, it’s messed up at they are related, but I could overlook that if I didn’t dislike her so much. I mean, she’s ok, but I don’t really want her to succeed and be queen. Jon should be king, and the match between them seemed forced and unnatural. It didn’t feel believable.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      You’re welcome! haha no problem! Awesome!! And yes it really doesn’t work and I don’t think they gave it time to develop properly tbh. Actually I take that back- no amount of time would’ve made it less weird once it was established they’re related. Oh gosh I’m with you one hundred percent in that! Honestly I used to be a fan of her, but I’ve gone off her massively since she started, you know, burning people alive. Yeah I also didn’t think it was as believable as it could’ve been.

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      • Jessica Triepel says:

        Well, she can burn people alive if they really deserve it,it in the show when she burns that father and his son who were only acting in honour (wasn’t it Sam’s father and brother?), ya, that was pretty low. She starts coming across as tyrannical. Her ego gets really huge. I hate that she demands Jon Snow to kneel and submit to her, and I wish he would have refused. Grrr. I like the north because of their love of freedom. They are rebels with a cause and I love it! So, someone saying kneel or else should be told where they can shove it! Ha!

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        • theorangutanlibrarian says:

          Yeah that’s what I think- I don’t see what they did wrong- it was actually honourable for them to stay loyal to their queen- so why on earth couldn’t she take them as prisoner’s of war? (and yeah it was) I also don’t see it as tactically smart, because people won’t feel loyal to her for that. I definitely agree with you- and I really really wanted him to refuse. I was so frustrated that he bent the knee. hahaha yes!!

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          • Jessica Triepel says:

            I guess that’s the big difference between script writers and book authors. The show was loads better when they still were going off the books, but this last season it was really obvious that they had completely parted from the books. I can’t really blame them, since GRRM has failed to get the next book out and it’s been freaking YEARS!!! It is what it is, but it’s a shame, because the show was wonderful when it was still following the books.

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              • Jessica Triepel says:

                Exactly. I do love the show, and all throughout, they’ve done an amazing job of bringing the books to like, and even though the last season was disappointing, I don’t blame them. And I’ll continue watching regardless. Hopefully, the next season will be better, though…

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                • theorangutanlibrarian says:

                  Yeah for sure. I totally why too- because a lot of the things I didn’t like were clearly based on things that are probably coming up in the books that GRRM might not have worked out yet (possibly because it’s hard to figure out how to give the Night King a dragon for instance 😉 ) Yeah hopefully!

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  5. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer says:

    Ahhhhh I’m so glad you tagged me for this one!! What a fun tag and I also adore the idea of mixing it up!!(I may jut have to go totally k-dramas! IDK yet) I LOVED your book choices, lol. NO the The Bronze Horseman… just NO! And honestly I’m not a fan of The Notebook either… what an unhealthy relationship! ❤

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  6. Winged Cynic says:

    Kekeke this is awesome. I also shipped Jon and Dany at first, but when the twists came about, I was like, “Uhh, should I be supporting this anymore?”
    And YES about the Sirius thing!!! He totally deserved somebody in his life (I’m actually ranting about this in an upcoming tag) and I was so sad he didn’t get a romance.
    Awesome tag!

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  7. FranL says:

    I liked The Bronze Horseman but I read it like a decade ago. Now I’m sort of wondering if it would hold up to a reread now that I’m older and wiser (well, older)!

    The Joey/Rachel thing was a way of delaying the Ross and Rachel reunion and throwing a little tension into Joey and Rachel’s friendship with Ross. That is literally the ONLY explanation for the writers doing something so…bizarre.

    I’ve never been a fan of The Notebook either. I read the book a long time ago and found it very “blah”. My impression of the film was similar. I didn’t like the characters either, so it didn’t much matter to me what happened to them. Yes, Alzheimers is a tragic, terrible disease, but it couldn’t make me care about them.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah I think that’s fair enough. haha! Well I don’t know if it just hit me at the wrong time, but to be honest that it didn’t help that it was so hyped when I did read it.

      Yeah definitely thought that too. But it was so… weird and I kinda thought they’d already established that it wasn’t going to happen from Rachel’s perspective- so to actually go through with it just felt all wrong.

      Ah I never read the book- but that was cos I thought the film was so blah. And yeah, I agree about the characters.

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  8. windowsillbooksblog says:

    Great list! We totally preferred Celaena with Dorian than Chaol as well! And yes, the Rachel and Joey thing was so unnecessary! It was clearly just a plot device to keep Rachel and Ross apart and add more romance drama!

    -Ash & Lo

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  9. Krysta says:

    I am not watching GoT anymore but saw Jon and Dany really happened. Sure, we all knew it would. But…I honestly can’t see them together. Dany is so ruthless. Jon is, I don’t know. I’m not sure I’d say “honorable,” but he’s not just not a match for Dany’s fierceness.

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  10. MichaelK says:

    It was so fun reading this post! Well done! I have to confess I am not into the noble sport of shipping (battleships are a whole different story though) and I don’t generally like to read books that’s only about relationships. OK, technically almost every book is about human relationships but you get what I mean, hopefully!

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  11. Eva O'Reilly says:

    You definitely weren’t the only one to hope that for Sirius 😉
    I kept thinking, where is Harry’s godmother? But no, of course that would distract from the fact that the only parent’s life Harry seems even mildly interested in his father’s. Sorry, that just annoyed me more with every read 😄

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  12. Marie says:

    I’m sorry you are a bit sick, hope you’ll feel better soon! ❤
    I love Friends with all my heart, but I have to agree about Rachel and Joey – it just did NOT make any sense at the time, or at any time, really, and it kind of drove me mad hahaha.

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  13. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Hahaha OMG this post! I’ve heard absolutely terrible things about The Bronze Horseman and read some equally awful passages (because I need proof) so I can very much agree that it’s terrible.
    Fifty Shades, well, what else is there to say? Soccer moms did make it famous! Abut I agree, bad fanfiction should stay exactly where it’s supposed to: on the internet.
    I adored Sirius and indeed he needed so much love 😭😭😭 I wanted to hug him through the pages so bad. Also, terrible ending. I still believe he is alive and well and Rowling can suck it.
    Epic tag!! 😊

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      haha thank you!! I think you made a good call not reading it!!

      And omg yes- it’s cool to write fanfic and all (if that’s your jam) but did it have to be *everywhere*.

      AHH I KNOW RIGHT!! hahaha yes!! LOL! It was unforgivable for her to kill my favourite character lol!

      Thank you!!

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  14. daleydowning says:

    I gave up on Friends after I’d been out of the loop for a bit (I don’t remember what was going on, but something happened and I missed like all of season 7 and 8, or thereabouts), and then I came across a later episode, and Joey and Rachel were kissing, and I was like, “OMG, WTH, EEWWW!!!” I NEVER thought they were an appropriate coupling. After Ross screwed Rachel over, I HATED that they ended up back together. I kept wanting Ross to either leave the show, or for Rachel to find some nice guy *not part of the group, like Phoebe did* and tell Ross in no uncertain terms to go to hell. It’s why by the time I heard the show was ending, I couldn’t care less. Except yay for Phoebe, for (mostly) getting out of that incredibly dysfunctional, co-dependent nonsense.

    And, yeah, although I don’t read erotica, anyway, my BIGGEST concern about Fifty Shades is how it portrays controlling and manipulative relationships as okay and even romantic. NOT okay, Hollywood. (Isn’t that industry the leader of the feminist power stuff that’s going crazy lately?)

    Lol, yeah, Sirius did deserve a wonderful partner. Oh, well! I secretly hoped Luna and Neville would end up together, too!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah fair enough! hahhaa yeah that happened for a very few episodes and I think it was frankly traumatising for everyone! So wrong! Such a pointless plot twist. Honestly that would’ve made some sense- but while I sided with Rachel in pretty much all their romantic entanglements, I found them both pretty dysfunctional (not always in a bad way), and I was still happy they ended up together (although my favourite pairing in that show will always be Monica/Chandler)

      Oh gosh yes the relationship in Fifty Shades is borderline abusive (definitely manipulative behaviour from Grey) I was not okay with it either (pahahaha Hollywood- yes, one of the most dysfunctional industries out there- telling us all how to behave- forgive me if I find it laughable!)

      heheh yes he did! And yeah- I was so disappointed that didn’t happen too!


  15. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Oh great picks for this tag, and I agree with so many of your choices. After the Jon/Dany reveal that romance became a little weird (and I can’t be the only one that thought the timing of them getting together with the other reveal (no spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet) made it even weirder right? I mean they cut the two scenes together!)
    Also Rachel and Joey were definitely a couple I didn’t enjoy seeing together in Friends, I would have liked it is they’d just remained friends. Then again in that show no couple can beat Monica and Chandler! 😀

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  16. onespeculiar says:

    i don’t think GRRM intended to have romance in his books. that’s why when there is romance it’s irrevocably eww… as you phrased it! 😀 i completely agree about joey and Rachel though! as well as dorian and celaena i still don’t know the purpose behind pairing them! they work so much better as friends.

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  17. klkranesya says:

    Because STALKING ≠ SEXY. That one made me laugh really hard. So agree!! If you’re a Star Wars fan, I’d maybe aruge Padme and Anakin…They just gave me the creeps on screen!

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      • klkranesya says:

        The prequels are so terrible! 6+ hours of my life I’ll never get back. I convinced myself I liked the first one when it came out then decided that was stupid. The rest I kept hoping would get better. I mean if Ewan McGregor can’t save your movie, it has some serious problems!

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        • theorangutanlibrarian says:

          hehehe yeah I totally understand that. I’ve actually seen the first one (twice, once when I was really young and it nearly put me off star wars for life) but the rest… man I couldn’t get through the second movie it was so bad. hahaha yes!!


  18. (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    Aside from the few I am not familiar with, I think you need this one haha! “*spoilers if you haven’t seen season 7* this is right up there (just behind Cersei and Jaime). ” bahahahah… I remember watching and just yelling at the tv for someone to stop it and not let it happen, when only a season ago I was shipping them myself lol.

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  19. Ayunda says:

    Rachel and Joey was just so forced and cringe-y. I still don’t know what to feel about Jon and Daenerys, though! They could make a good team, but at the same time, it feels a little forced as well :/

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  20. Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

    This tag started and ended on a high note hahahah That Jon/Dany thing is quite something. I’m super curious to see if the final season will even dive into the subject and let them know the truth or let it die like most things on the show hahah 😛

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