I love a good romance. A good majority of the books I read have some sort of romance in them. Hate-then-love, insta-love, forbidden love, fake relationships, love triangles, slow burn relationships, friends who fall in love, friends with benefits that fall in love . . . I'm not that picky (though the first is my favorite). I just care that the romance is good.
From my experience of reading all sorts of romance, one would think I would be used to its patterns, right?
Here's what recently happened:
It feels like I haven't been reading a lot of good romance this year, so I've been craving it lately. Finally, though, I started reading something was perfect for my mood. The main characters had such good chemistry, and I was rooting for them throughout the entire book.
Then the two . . . well, essentially, they "broke up." (Is it really a break up if they aren't really a couple?)
I was so upset with the book at that point because I was convinced the two wouldn't end up together like I wanted them to, and therefore turn out not to be the good romance I was craving. I really wanted the two to get back together, but when when the 98 percent mark rolled around and still nothing had happened, I was so sure that this book was going to be one where the characters just accept their differences and part ways.
As with most contemporary romances, though, I had nothing to worry about. The book ended the way I wanted, and I finished reading with a smile on my face.
I was tricked by a pattern. I'm very familiar with the patterns of book relationships, especially the one where the characters break up in the last quarter of the book then make up at the end. I know how these books end, yet I still get caught up in the emotions of the characters. I still get afraid that the couple I'm rooting for won't end up together (it's rare, but it does happen!), and I still feel relief when that couple makes up at the end.
This recent experience has shown me that, despite following patterns I'm familiar with, a good book can still surprise me and convince me that something something against the pattern will happen.
Do you ever get tricked by patterns? Which ones are you tricked by the most?