Top Ten Couples Representing Common Cliches (With GIFs!)

Posted February 14, 2017 by Anelise and Sophia
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ten couples representing common clichesHello everyone and welcome to today’s post! Today, the Bookwyrming Thoughts team has come together (minus Lupe, she’s sick and has school stuff) to make a Top Ten Tuesday post! Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and Bookish (check out their master post list here: Broke and Bookish Top Ten Tuesday). This isn’t really a “top ten” but is instead four tropes with two couples each, one that is liked and one that is disliked, in honor of Valentine’s Day (and hey, it’s my birthday as well! *says Anelise, the somewhat-writer of this post*) Okay *clears throat* now to the actual post! And hey, a post cannot be complete without GIFs, so we had to add some in.

NOTE: If you are coming DIRECTLY from Top Ten Tuesday’s linkup, you’re in the mobile version. Whoops!

Love Triangles

love triangle love triangle

Sophia 1, Anelise 0 (Sophia cut to the chase with this one). Welcome to Love Triangle 101, where Sophia has a love/hate relationship where 90% of the love triangles that occur in literature are disliked and 10% actually make it to perfect decent standards.

infernal devices iron fey

Love: The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare vs. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

talon julie kagawa cut

Dislike: Talon by Julie Kagawa


love at first sight

Okay, this one is just hard. Anelise finds that just about everything that is insta-love is pretty much terrible. But the main reason why is because it just doesn’t seem real. Just look at the GIF above and you’ll understand why.

shatter me star touched queen

Love: Well these aren’t going to be love love but are probably half-way decent. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Note from Anelise: I have not actually read this, I’m just doing this one based off of the fact that many people love this series)

hush hush twilight

Dislike: Welp, most every insta-love is bad, but some that are terrible are Hush, Hush by  Becca Fitzpatrick and Twilight (note from Anelise: here’s another one I haven’t read, but the reason why is because of the insta-love. That should count for something)

Obsessed Damsel in Distress (AKA Obsessed)


Sometimes, Sophia pities the guy in the picture because well… we have book characters are obsessed with said guy and can’t stop swooning over him and… they’re a damsel in distress too. She sometimes wonders what the guy actually thinks of this… Are they flattered? Creeped out even a little bit?

Love: There honestly isn’t a single obsessed damsel in distress that is likable and can be named.

onyx last of the firedrakes

Dislike: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout and The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

The Best Friend

in love with best friend

Well, lastly we have the falling-in-love-with-the-best-friend trope. That’s pretty self-explanatory. Anelise finds it pretty cute for the most part and well, obviously needs to read more romance.

cinderella on the fence

Love: (Kinda but not really fits into the trope) Cinderella by Jenni James and On the Fence by Kasie West

animated clock

Dislike: Because Anelise is writing this at midnight and doesn’t read enough romance that fits into these categories, none are found at the moment

Well, this is the end of the post I suppose. You’ve also learned a lot from reading this post. You’ve learned Anelise likes long explanations and obviously needs to read more…

Aside from that though, what tropes do you tend to like or dislike? Any ships you will go down with (Sophia and her ship from Six of Crows…)? Are there any books where you love it but hate the romantic cliches in it? Let us know in the comments below!


Anelise is a complete weirdo who loves to read. Aside from reading, she loves to listen to and play music. One of her favorite quotes is “I’m young but I’m not stupid.” She is a former co-blogger of Bookwyrming Thoughts.

Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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  1. […] Top Ten Couples Representing Common Cliches – Based on the Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by The Broke and Bookish, Anelise and I collaborated on Valentine’s Day to talk about common tropes and the couples that represent those tropes. […]