7 Things I've Learned From Reading Romance Novels

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Obviously I have read quite a few romance books in my short twenty-one years here on our lovely planet Earth. And of course, from reading about all of these other people falling in love, I’ve learned some invaluable lessons. My job today is to pass on this knowledge to all of you who haven’t experienced the beauty that is romance novels.

1. Jealousy is a hit or a miss situation

One of the biggest tropes in romance novels is making someone else jealous. A person will do this to make their lover realize what they’re missing out on. It can also be a ploy to get their lover to get over their stupid pride and to come back to them.

What I’ve learned

Basically you have a fifty fifty chance of this working. Making someone jealous might actually work like planned and the person will come running back and begging for your forgiveness. Or, and this usually happens, is that it backfires and you will end up alone and feeling stupid.

Would I recommend? 
No, but reading about it is so much fun.

Books with great jealousy scenes: 

2. The right outfit can change everything

Feeling down and out? Forget the ice cream and Netflix. Go splurge on yourself, pull an Olivia Newton John a la Grease, and buy something that makes you feel brand spankin’ new! After you do this, and feel ten times sexier, you should take yourself out in your outfit and show the world what you are made of.

What I’ve learned

A new, dazzling outfit will put you in a new light. It will test your lover’s limits and if I’ve gathered the information correctly, you will be irresistible. So, if you’re both fighting, just show up wherever your lover is in something delicious and they will have no choice but to talk it out with you because if they don’t have your attention, several others will. And like proved above, jealousy can lead to some great make up sex. Or if you’re single, this outfit will either get that certain someone to finally notice you, or it will give you the confidence to finally meet someone new.

Would I recommend? 
Yes, unless you’re broke as fuck, but then you can always search through thrift shops.

3. Alcohol is never a good thing… kind of.

Some of the greatest scenes in romance novels come from drunken lovers spilling their innermost thoughts. These thoughts can vary from telling their lovers how much they are upset with them to drunken “I love yous.”

What I’ve learned

Well, usually, in case of romance novels, the well-known phrase “drunk words are sober thoughts” is almost one hundred percent true. Like I said, this can be a good thing, or more commonly, it’s never a good thing. It’s not a good thing mainly because people drink when they’re upset, leading them to express why they’re upset and nobody wants to be on the receiving end of that. The worst part is that all of these huge revelations usually come out during big parties and in front of a huge group of people. Alcohol is so messy.

Would I recommend? 
Nah. If you go looking for trouble, you’re going to find it. And alcohol is just asking for trouble.

Books with party scenes: 

4. Wallowing sometimes isn’t the most effective

I get it. You just broke up with the love of your life and you can’t even force yourself out of your ice-cream induced coma and get those tear streaks off of your face. I totally understand that the world seems hazy and you have no reason to get out of bed anymore. But, maybe it’s better to force yourself to get proactive.

What I’ve learned

Sure, wallowing sounds good, but sometimes the way to make yourself feel better is to get out of bed, brush your goddamn teeth, and keep yourself busy. It will take your mind off of whatever or whoever is crushing your heart. Also, if you turn that sadness into something productive you will feel much more accomplished at the end of the day.

Would I recommend? 
Yes, definitely. Tears can’t pay the bills, you know.

5. Bigger isn’t always better

Okay, pervs, get your mind out of the gutter. What I mean here is in regards to when you royally fuck up with someone and you need to get back on their good side and beg for forgiveness.

What I’ve learned

Big gestures are extremely embarrassing, especially when done in public. They also put you on the spot and force you to choose when maybe you aren’t ready to make a decision yet. Small gestures will go a lot further because it will say that you respect their space and their decisions, but you still want them to know that you’re thinking about them and that you’re sorry.

Would I recommend? 
Yes! Reminding someone that you’re thinking about them while still respecting their space is incredibly important.

6. Communication is key

I was debating on whether to put this one last or as the penultimate thing I’ve learned, but I finally decided to put it here as the penultimate in our lovely list. Communication is something that rarely happens in romance novels and that’s probably a good thing.

What I’ve learned

What I’ve learned, basically, is that all of these things in this list above can be avoided if maybe our characters would just fucking talk and be honest with each other. Of course, if they did that we wouldn’t have books! They would be extremely boring. But this is something to take into consideration in your own life. You need to find someone who you can have open conversations with without fearing what the other will say/think. There needs to be communication because no one can read minds.

Would I recommend? 

Books that will make sure you learn how to communicate effectively because these characters suck at it: 

7. Fall in love with your best friend

Here we are! At the bottom of the list. Yay! I chose this one as the most important because of many reasons. Also, what is more romantic than falling in love with your best friend?

What I’ve learned

One thing you always hear is to fall in love with your best friend. And it is truly sound advice. You need someone you can truly be yourself with and who is the first person you think of when you think about being yourself? Your best friend, obviously. And you need someone that complements you in all the best ways and who you can have fun with. A best friend is exactly that person. A best friend is someone you can talk to, who you can rely on, who will never stop choosing you. These are all qualities that make a great lover, too. Falling in love with your best friend is truly the best thing I’ve learned from romance novels.

Would I recommend?
One hundred percent yes!

Books with best friends falling in love: 

Happy Reading!

The Cosmic Reader

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