Pick up any published book, and you'll probably find that somewhere, there is a love story in it. It might not always be central to the plot, but love is nearly always present. The same theme is also present in TV shows. Romantic relationships are a part of everyone's lives at some time or another, so it is something everyone can relate to.
The problem with love stories is that they tend to follow the same format. A man and a woman meet, they fall in love, there is drama and they break up, they get back together. Occasionally something crazy and unusual will happen, but for the most part - every love story is the same.
Does this make them bad? I don't think so.
I am a "chick-lit" writer. Maybe some people wouldn't admit that so boldly, because I have come across some snobbery when I've mentioned it in the past, but if I can reach the success of Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella and Helen Fielding, I'll be pretty happy lol! However, while playing around with my WIP, I have noticed that it might just be the epitome of everything other writers hate. It isn't filled with relationship cliches, but there are one or two here and there that probably need to be ironed out so they don't sound so childish (Can't remember if I mentioned, but when I first started writing this particular WIP, I was 14!).
My question is this: What is the worst, most irritating love cliche that ruins a book for you? Do they even bug you?
For me, what makes a good story is the way it's written. I don't care if I read a book that has a love triangle, or a book where it is obvious how the story will end, as long as the journey is interesting, and has realism.
Of course, I might just be trying to make myself feel better for writing something which is utter crap and destined to spend eternity in my laptop, but I am genuinely curious about how everyone feels about relationship cliches in books! :D