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Romance Fails in Fiction Tag

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The Rules:

  • Please PINGBACK to her at Kate @ Melting Pots and Other Calamities. Or just Kate. And PINGBACK TO A SPECIFIC POST.  She won’t see the post otherwise, and she’d like to see it.
  • At the very top of this post is the post I did the pingback for – other can copy that to make it easier if you’d like!
  • 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.

Thank you James for tagging me in this LOVEly (ha) tag. I’m going to go based off James’ interpretation of the tag and do book, movie, anime, TV show romance fails.

10. Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter series

Don’t kill me Potterheads! I’m sorry but that romance just did not work for me. It came out of nowhere and it was just awkward the whole way through. I love Harry but these two just didn’t fit.

9. Inuyasha and Kagome (anime)

Okay, so you have Kagome who accidentally falls into this well and gets transported back to like feudal Japan. She meets Inuyasha who’s half demon dog boy and they end up encountering this monster that pulls this magical jewel from her and shatters it into a million pieces. The whole premise of the show is them going around fighting creatures who have been enhanced by the jewel shards and getting them back together into one jewel. Kagome likes Inuyasha and Inuyasha was in love with his dead gf chick Kiyoko who Kagome takes after thusly, he sort of falls for Kagome but not really cause she always plays hard to get except when Kiyoko spirit comes around then all of sudden she’s jealous. By the end, they kiss maybe once in 170 episodes and then it just kind of ends unresolved.

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Have I mentioned I hate love triangles? Well, I still have three more where that came from.

8. Kelsey, Ren and Kishan from the Tiger’s Curse series by Colleen Houck

You can look this book up if you want to. I don’t want to explain it. The only reason I read it was because an ex-friend begged me too and let me just say, this love triangle never, ever makes sense. Essentially Kelsey ends up being in love with both men but seemed to sometimes change her mind depending on the moment? But both need to involved in order to break this ancient curse. I always rooted for her and Ren cause she met him first, but that’s just me.

7. Elena, Stephan, and Damon from the Vampire Diaries

AAAAAAAH! Okay I was completely in love with Elena and Stephan at first but Damon was just 1000x more swoony so I always secretly voted for him. I felt he brought out her true nature more. When they finally got together I felt bad for Stephan and thought about changing my mind but Damon is just so hot! Ultimately she failed with both guys because I don’t know how a girl can fail with TWO hot guys but Elena pulled it off dramatically. (disclaimer, I haven’t finished the whole series yet so don’t spoil it for me cause I know she comes back in the last one!)

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6. Tamlin and Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Man this romance failed hard. It was laid out like a dream but ultimately Tamlin turned out to be a big ole passive coward and Feyre fell for someone else.

5. Romeo X Juliet (anime)

This is such a beautiful anime. It’s sort of like the regular story but different. They still die at the end which is a fail but.. well.. I won’t spoil it for you. Just watch it someday.

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4. Jane True and Ryu from the Jane True series by Nicole Peeler

Another couple that seemed like the perfect match. Jane is a part selkie and Ryu is a vampire. You can imagine, it’s a pretty odd relationship. It seemed to work for a while but it ultimately failed because shifters should just be shifters just saying!

3. Olivia Pope and Jake from Scandal

It will always be about Olivia and Fitz. ALWAYS! I admit, I had my Jolivia moments because Jake is so hot but the relationship failed. Jake will never get his island in the sun 🙁

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2. and 1. Cristina/Burke and Cristina/Owen from Grey’s Anatomy

THE MOST EPIC ROMANCES AND THEY BOTH FAILED!!! Burke was so freaking perfect for Cristina. ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! But no, the actor had to go and run his mouth in real life so Shonda wrote him in to get booted off. GUYS! HE LEFT HER AT THE ALTAR! It doesn’t get more fail than that!!! Then later on Owen was such a great, if sometimes crazy (he had PTSD moments) fit for her but she just decided to be this fluttery free butterfly. DAMMIT Cristina!!

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I’m only going to tag one person this time because I know she’s a romance junky as much, if not more than me: cwhiteweb

If anyone else would like to participate, feel free to do so! I would love to watch and read more romance fails!

 

Nel

Happily married, bookaholic, Netflix-a-holic sharing random experiences and interpretations of my world which is brutally honest most of the time.

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35 thoughts on “Romance Fails in Fiction Tag

  1. James J. Cudney IV

    I like all your answers but one… Olivia and Fitz? Whaaaatttttttttttt……. I’m so an Olivia and Jake fan. No No No! We can’t be friends anymore. And I’m not sending you any of the Italian Cream 3 layer cake I’m making this afternoon for a friend’s birthday. He’s coming to dinner later, so that’s his present! No cake for you tho… hahahahahaha! 🙂

    1. Nel Post author

      Jaaaaaames!!!! I love Jolivia TRUST ME! You can ask M cause she always rooted for Olivia and Fitz but it was never meant to be! Olivia, no matter what, can’t let go of Fitz even when he lets her go for a second for some other woman. PLUS! Be still my heart that last episode before the season ended! AAAAh! You better save me some cake! Or I’ll cry 🙁

      1. James J. Cudney IV

        I think I threw something at the TV when she went back to him again this season. I want to smack some sense into her. She can smack me back, it’s ok. But seriously… Jake will do anything for her. Fitz will always lookout for himself. Oy.

        So now I’m sending you a chocolate tart/torte and italian cream cake? Just tasted the icing. It’s good. I had to scrap the third layer as it was a little too stuck to the pan and I didn’t want it to too high. It is 2.5 inches per layer. A 5 inch cake is good enough. Don’t need 7.5. Can’t eat it that way.

        1. Nel Post author

          I was upset too! And I agree with you! Don’t let M find out though. She’s always been Olitz no matter what he did.
          Im a light icing on my cake type of person unless it’s ice cream cake

  2. Cimmerian

    For me I’d have to add Tina and Newt from the Fantastic beasts and where to find them. It was so random and not at all foreshadowed. I was sort of offended they tried to jam it down our throats at the end.

    1. Nel Post author

      That’s a good one too! It was extra awkward considering he was awkward to begin with. Cim, you should do this tag! If anyone knows romance, it’s definitely you!

    1. Nel Post author

      Yeah but she still failed with them both! I really wanted her to be with Burke and then when he made his cameo in her final season I was all over it but even then it wasn’t meant to be either!

        1. Nel Post author

          True again but I really wanted her to end on an epic bang! Like Mark and Lexi. That was sad as hell but it was epic. He couldn’t live without her!

          1. Nel Post author

            I saw Derek coming. I was sort of prepared. Mark and Lexi though?!?! I just wasn’t ready. We should make a “fictional romances from TVs or movies that tore your soul from your body” tag.

          2. Nel Post author

            I don’t think I’ve seen that. I was thinking of Tristan and Isolde and freaking wonder woman!

          3. Lana (Sleepless in wherever)

            I’m going to see WW tomorrow night. No spoilers! Although you already spoiled something happenning with her love interest 😱 Check out Harper’s Island, it has great cast and very good writing.

          4. Nel Post author

            Okay so I did and I didn’t. It’s implied that something is going to happen because otherwise her love interest would be an old man! But you aren’t ready for the truth. Take a tissue box for real because if you’re anything like me its going to be the ugliest tears.

          5. Nel Post author

            Hahahah! Same here! I was deep breathing to hold in my sobs. It was embarrassing but it was so damn emotional! You better post about it after you watch it!

        1. Nel Post author

          Okay I guess I can give you that one especially since Owen ended up with Amelia sort of. She’s just as screwed up if not more than he is so i guess that makes them perfect for each other?

          1. Nel Post author

            True but Amelia is pretty messed up. I mean that carried over from private practice and Owen stood by her. I feel like now, when he needs her most, considering they’re married, she would do a little bit better. He’s trying so hard and she’s just like meh. It breaks my heart

          2. Nel Post author

            I like Owen. He just wants someone to love him and understand stand his PTSD. Now with his sister coming back in the mix I don’t even know what’s gonna go down. I don’t like Jo. She should have left instead of Stephanie. She is 5he most whiny character on the planet

  3. theorangutanlibrarian

    hahahaha I love your first one- that’s bound to be controversial with some people, but I agree, I thought about it being endgame after book 2 and maybe a bit in 6, but when it came down to it, I just didn’t feel like there was good enough chemistry. cue potterhead outrage And I get what you mean about Stephen/Elena/Damon- it was all just so messy (and don’t worry, I never finished it, so no spoilers!) And gosh yes about Tamlin and Feyre- I never shipped that romance, so I was a-okay when it crashed and burned!! Awesome post!!

    1. Nel Post author

      Haha! I think you’re like my fated book mate. You just get me every time! I’m glad I’m not the only one that didn’t finish VD and that you agree with Harry and Ginny! Also, completely agree about Tamlin and Feyre. They didn’t fit right from the very beginning even though it was pretty convenient.

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