10 Types of Relationships in Literature

After reading a few romances, writing a few books, and just generally living, I have figured out some of the relationships that occur between two people.

1. Perfect: These partners never have any problems at all. Almost impossible in real life, but books have this type occasionally.

2. The Upswing: One of the partners is an almost perfect match. The other one has problems but is trying their best to get over them. This can lead to a happy ending eventually.

3. The Downswing: One of the partners used to be a perfect match, but the other is falling into personal problems and starts arguments. It is a sad situation. They may eventually break up if the second person gets bad enough.

4. “Well, it Seemed Perfect” This one is where the partners think their relationship will be amazing before it ever starts. Then, once it does, they reveal their true problems and actually don’t get along too well.

5. Bickering: They are actually a decent match, but can never stop fighting about everything. Despite this, they want to stay together at least somewhat. Happens all the time in real life.

6. Opposites but get along: They are very different but their differences accentuate each other. Like a rugged survivalist man being softened up by a nice but rather shy girl.  She comes more into her power too because of the relationship.

7. Opposites but fight: Like a typical Democrat and Republican. They can have fun sometimes, but fight over political, moral, and whatever else they can think of issues.

8. Big Problem divides the two: In this situation, they both love each other a lot, but there is a big problem with one of the people that prevents them from getting married. For example, the man is Amish and the woman doesn’t want to be, so they have to stay apart. The problem eventually is solved, however. In this example, the man leaves the Amish so they can stay together.

9. Horrible Surprise: Hope this never happens. After they get into the relationship, someone declares a life-ruining secret. The relationship may end after that.

10. Convenience: They don’t actually really like each other, but have to stay together for practical reasons, at least legally.

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One thought on “10 Types of Relationships in Literature

  1. Fairly comprehensive summary… I’d like to add another one. Couples that split up after a very traumatic incident (a child dies in an accident, gets murdered). The grief is so deep that they can not give each other comfort anymore.

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