Romance Fails in Fiction Tag

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💟 Hi guys! To kick of the month of February, also known as the month of Valentine, I’m doing this tag that are basically my choices of romance fails in any form of fiction 💟

Now, I don’t want to be the Scrooge at valentine that ruins all the lovey coupley feelings for others, but this tag is so fun that I’ve been saving it since I saw it last year on Andrea’s blog 😜 Without further ado, let’s get started!


  • 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.

T H E     C O U P L E S

01. Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff in Avengers: Age of Ultron

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It’s so out of nowhere it’s comical????? From the awkward writing, development, directing and acting, none of the element in the movies actually work in favor for this couple. They work so well as friends, please don’t do that. Also, what about Betty Ross?? She’s canon. What happened to her???

02. Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter in Captain America: Civil War

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This one has more time to develop as she has been there since The Winter Soldier fiasco, but not enough time from Peggy’s death 😒 So in this case, it’s more about timing than anything. Technically, yes, Steve hasn’t been with Peggy since 70+ years, but he does love her until her death. And while he’s allowed to live his super-life by dating, it felt really weird to kiss the supposed love of his life’s niece 😒 The writers should give more time for it to develop instead of putting Peggy in a casket to give way for the romance.

03. Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley in Harry Potter

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At this point you guys already know that I’m on team Draco, but fresh out of my HP reread, a teeny tiny part of me accept that Draco was too cruel towards Hermione for the wound to be truly healed. However, Ron had been cruel towards Hermione throughout the series. His words always made her cry (the Troll in first year, the Crookshanks debacle in third year, the Yule Ball, the SPEW, dating Lavender, and leaving). He never really appreciated Hermione’s goals and ambitions, very impulsive and has been spoiled with Mrs. Weasley’s comfort his whole life AND still being an ungrateful twat, it truly annoys me. Not to mention whether he admits it or not, he’s also carry the wizarding prejudice. Not to the extent of the death eaters, but he looked down towards muggles and basically non-wizarding creatures throughout the series – and that’s with the nice and loving family he has 😒

04. Mal and Alina in The Grisha Trilogy

Mal has his chance for the first 17 (?) years of his life, but he never realized it. Once Alina gone and became the famed “Sun Summoner” though, he suddenly realized he’s in love with her- but he doesn’t want her to be Sun Summoner. That’s right folks, he realized he’s in love with Alina and constantly throw tantrum and instigate a fight everytime Alina uses her power or think about a future where she stays as Sun Summoner 😒

05. Warner, Juliette and Adam in Shatter Me

Aka the “love triangle of hell”, my hatred for this trio is documented well in this blog- and yes, I still read the books because the plot is interesting, regardless of the romance. The thing is neither Warner nor Adam are great guys. Adam don’t want Juliette to be greater than him, he always threw a tantrum everytime Juliette is seen more and always tried to shield her. Meanwhile, Warner manipulates her. He explained everything yes, but does the trauma of thinking you’re killing/harming a child can be erased that easily???

Give me Kenji anytime.

06. Anna and Cas in Anna Dressed in Blood

This book started out really well, with Supernatural vibe and similarities. Until Cas met Anna and he was so special because she didn’t feel murderous towards him. And he got intrigued with her, instead of killing her. And then they suddenly in luuurve!!!!!

@authors stop giving us unnecessary romance that ruin the story!!!!

07. Astrid and Michael in Crazy Rich Asians

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I was initially sympathetic with Michael in the first book/movies. It must be hard being him, constantly looked down by Astrid’s family as well as people in general. It’s going to be hard to compete with that, and with society expectations and definition of men, it will eventually be a point of conflict at sometime in their marriage. The way he handled it was wrong, but I do understand his position. However in the second and third installments…. let’s just say I wish someone would smack him senseless and ruin everything he built for. That’s how much I hate Michael Teo at this point.

I    T A G

Kat @ Novels and Waffles // Sofii @ A Book A Thought // Nia @ Shades of Paper





22 thoughts on “Romance Fails in Fiction Tag

  1. Totally agree with the two Marvel examples, it feels like they’ve just shoe horned in these romances for the sake of it. I kinda get the Captain America romance but Hulk/Black Widow is so frustrating!

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  2. I LOVED the tag!, it’s perfect for me because there are several couples that I don’t like lol. And a big YES, for Mal and Alina, it’s like the worst couple ever created, I love the books, but I can’t stand Mal, he behaves like a litlle child, it’s too much for me 😂
    Thank you SO much for tagged me honey, I enjoyed reading your choices a lot 💕


  3. ah haha I loved this. And omg your first 4 were just me going !!! YES WHY ARE THESE EVEN HERE. 😂 I hate how toxic Ron is towards Hermione, but noooo it was because he “Liked” her. Arghgisgh. I’m over boys treating girls badly in their little toxic masculinity tantrums. Same with Mal. He is a soggy noodle. 😂And the Marvel romances are usually so bad haha. Just stick to the action, people. (Except Pepper and Tony, they are Good Eggs.)


  4. I loved this tag sooooo much. I think even more fun than talking about favorite couples it is to talk about least-favorites.
    I completely agree with you about Ron/Hermonie. I hate the idea that “if a guy treats you bad, it’s because he likes you” and the romanticization of some of his obnoxious behaviours really gets on my nerves. That’s probably why I prefer Harry and Hermione and I really don’t know why the series didn’t go through with them.
    Evelark, from The Hunger Games, was a super popular couple, but for me they’ve always felt like a fail. I think I’d never really felt like Katniss really cared about Peeta; it was more of a “he understands what I’ve been through” than real love. It’s probably a huge unopular opinion, but I really couldn’t get into them.


    1. Thanks for reading! Yeah Harry and Hermione is so much better, they always have each other’s back no matter what. Like everytime there’s a conflict that alineates either one of them, they always support each other. They are the last person there while Ron usually takes the other side (Triwizard, Krum, etc). I’m really sad that the story didn’t go that way, even that I didn’t ship them.


  5. That is such a fun idea! I have to agree with some of your failed ships (Ron & Hermione ended up growing a bit on me after all this time, but still), but I love me some Warnette (Adam can choke, tho)!

    I feel like I cannot think right now about some couples that I don’t ship or think work together, but I would love to do this “tag” in the future, so thank you for tagging me💕.


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