Again another top 5 Wednesday which isn’t on a Wednesday. See more information here. Top 5 Wednesday are a group on Goodreads – find out more here. This weeks post is from March 22nd – Favourite Angsty Romances. An angsty romance is defined as a situation which contains dark, depressing, angry or brooding emotions.
5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Edward Cullen throughout pretty much this entire series is broody and depressing. The second book New Moon is pretty much entirely depressing and even leads towards suicide. Oh yeah definitely sounds like a healthy relationship. Although Bella and Edward may be happy together the amount of brooding is ridiculous throughout this book, Edward is supposed to be hundreds of years old and yet still acts like a high school teenager fawning over a girl but at the same time wants to be broody and mysterious. He insists he should stay away from her and then sneaks into her room to watch her sleep…yeah that’s normal.
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the book and film series. However I just think Katniss and Peetas relationship is dark, she only pretends to love him at the start to keep them alive then somehow actually ends up falling for him and he then wants to kill her? It’s very confusing however it is definitely a dark and angsty romance. Eventually it does get cute that the protect each other but I think there’s always that underlying aspect of how they got together which is a little off putting.
3. You by Caroline Kepnes
A book about a stalker, of course it had to make the list. Although some people do not see this as a romance I’m putting it on the list from the POV of view of Joe. Joe is the creepy stalker in this book and he is infatuated with Beck, he will do anything to protect her even if that means murder. He just wants them to be together and for her to be happy. In his strange twisted way this is a romance book…just not one you’d really expect. This definitely has a dark romance in as Beck has no idea what is actually happening to her friends when they start mysteriously disappearing. She is just happy she’s found a guy who loves her…in reality she has no idea just how dark the romance actually is.
2. Letters to Eloise by Emily Williams
So I was debating whether or not this would consist of an angsty romance. There are two guys mentioned in this novel and I think both of them can come under the angsty category. Flora’s boyfriend seems distant and moody around her, like he doesn’t have time for her and just wants to focus on his work. The lecturer who she likes and seems intent on wooing her seems too good to be true…all the handwritten love letters with perfect quotes about their love…why is he so creepily interested in her?
I think these romances do come under angsty as one is definitely dark and the other is broody.
1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
When it comes to depressing romances how could this not be on the list? Christian Grey has some serious anger issues and Anastasia always seems to be in trouble. It is also incredibly dark considering the stalker/commanding relationship they have where you have to do everything Christian says, eat what and when Christian says and don’t do anything fun or else you will be punished and it certainly will not be pleasant but he will enjoy it because he has control. Yeah I think this mildly gets into the dark romance category. I could seriously rant about this book for days!
So there we go, my top 5 angsty romances. Some of these are definitely dark! It is surprising how many angsty romances are portrayed in books nowadays, also surprising how many are in YA, is this setting a bad example to teenagers about how relationships should be?
What do you think? Do you agree with these books? Let me know in the comments!