Romantic Fails in Fiction

Bless the Orangutan Librarian for tagging me in this near impossible tag! I cannot say enough about how unique and wonderful her content is. You simply MUST check it out if you haven’t already.

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Naturally I have a billion of these in my drafts that I have to get to and yet, here I am, filling out a new one! I have to say, at first glance, this did not seem one I was interested in participating in. Truth be told, I have avoided the whole “love” theme throughout the entire month so far, at least in tags and (for the most part) the books that I am reading. But this one was interesting, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized I could put into this.


  • 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.


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I love that this covers all media, and I will certainly try my very best to cover as much as possible (I.E.- books, movies and tv shows). I am also going to try to order these fails from “meh” to “epic.”


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You Had One Job

Celia/Marco (The Night Circus)- Everything you have been studying and training for practically your whole life is this magical “duel.” And you go and fall in love with the person you are meant to go up against? That is either really bad luck or some kind of twisted strategy. I’ll let you decide.


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The Two Main Characters that Don’t End Up Together

Harry/Hermione (Harry Potter series)– I get a lot of crap for this one but I can’t help it. I know a lot of people are pro Ron/Hermione because it was refreshing that the main character didn’t end up with the main girl, but I honestly felt like Harry and Hermione were much more compatible than the opposite. They had so many moments throughout the series that could have been more than what they ended up being. She knew him so well, and they complimented each other. She kept him humble, and he pushed her nose out of her books. It just always made more sense to me that they be together.


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Maddy/Oliver (Everything Everything)– Generally, I have not been a fan of the “romance” in either of Nicola Yoon’s books, but I am picking this one because I feel like I complain about The Sun is Also a Star a lot. SPOILER – It isn’t Maddy’s fault that her mother has such a tight grip on Maddy’s life, but not being allowed to see a boy is not reason enough to run away and risk her life. That is an awful lot of pressure to put on a teenager, and if anything were to happen, a LOT of guilt to lay upon his shoulders.


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It’s Like Dating Yourself

Rachel/Joey (Friends)– Orangutan Librarian featured this pairing (as did the person who tagged her) and I couldn’t agree more. Like WHYY?!?! I get that a lot of people felt they were a better match than her and Ross, but honestly, it just never felt right for me. It was fleeting, and truth be told, that short amount of time was too long.



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Lovers and Enemies?

Emika Chen/Hideo Tanaka (Warcross)SPOILERS!! Proceed with caution. Hideo really does Emika dirty at the end of Warcross. It was particularly upsetting because you root for them the entire book, and then he goes and does something terrible. I mean you can kind of understand his reasoning behind it, and may even sympathize with him, but it is made pretty clear at the end of the book that he is now the “enemy” of at least the next book in the series.


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Opposites Attract?

Dan/Blair (Gossip Girl- TV)– First, I have to emphasize that this is the TV show pairing that I disliked. It is fairly well known that the show was vastly different than the book series, which was fine because after the first couple, the books got really appalling and hard to read/get through. The show however, very good- except one season. RAGE is about the only emotion I have for this pairing. It was completely unnecessary, out of left field, and just pointless. I really really wanted to stop watching the series BECAUSE of these two (everyone knows that Chuck and Blair are forevs). So much disgust. But in all fairness, Gossip Girl characters are/were notoriously terrible to each other. They did things that I could never fathom forgiving, and yet…


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Twisted Love Triangle

David/Louise (Behind Her Eyes)– I mean this is textbook relationship fail. David and Louise meet at a bar, they have one steamy night, only to find out some days later that they must now work in close proximity to each other. Oh, and the little fact that David is very much married. A one night stands turns into a personal hell as these two characters continue to sneak around behind David’s wife (Adele)’s back. But Adele is not necessarily the innocent wife she seems to be either. Somehow (?) the wife and the mistress end up close friends, and Louise is still cheating with her new BFF’s husband? Talk about cluster f*ck.


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I really thought I would get more couples than I did…This is a no joke tag my friends! Proceed with caution!

I am actually going to break the rules and not tag anyone specifically, however, if you want to take a stab at this, PLEASE tag me so I can see your answers..I am so curious!



6 thoughts on “Romantic Fails in Fiction

  1. Aww thank you so much for the lovely shoutout! hahaha that’s a great point about Celia/Marco. Yeah frankly I agree with you about Harry/Hermione- well, I didn’t mind that harry ended up with Ginny too much, but I never saw Hermione with Ron. hehe yeah I complain about sun is also a star a lot too 😉 haha I love your caption for Joey/Rachel- it was so like they were just dating themselves! Ugh yes Blair/Dan was so so wrong!!! Awesome answers!!

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