Hello Bookworms! I’m here to bring you a topic that I’d like to discuss with you! You’ve all heard about it and you’ve all probably read at least one book with a love triangle — or some form of love shape. Epic Reads, which you should totally join, created this hilariously accurate post called: A Brief Study of Love Triangles (And Other Emotional Shapes). Check it out and read it, it will make you laugh! I wanted to bring this discussion into my blog because I really wanted to know your thoughts on it! So let’s BookTalk!
HOW DO YOU REALLY FEEL ABOUT LOVE TRIANGLES?
You know all about love triangles and I don’t know about you, but for me, it really blew up when Twilight came out. From there, “teams” arose and it became synonymous to World War III between the readers — to the point where the storyline was no longer the point of interest. I have here a list of love triangles (and other shapes) from Young Adult Fiction that I’ve read. I’m sure there’s more out there, so make sure to let me know which ones you come up with.
Love triangles can be seen as dysfunctional relationships. I know I wouldn’t want my daughter/son growing up and thinking that it’s a norm to be in a love triangle. It shows an inappropriate or delusional depiction of romance. Do people in real life really get into these situations? Who would want to be a part of a love triangle in the first place? It’s hard enough liking one person, I can’t imagine vying for the affections of two people.
Why do you think authors use this kind of story arc in their books? Is it truly something that would naturally happen to that the characters if they were real? Or is it a marketing ploy to get more readers? I just feel that if you really want to pull people in with romance arc, there are other ways that don’t involve a triangle. I love slow burn romances, best-friend-turned-soul-mate, and the unexpected falling-for-someone-you-never-thought-of-that-way romance. (P.S I made up all those titles and it’s pretty obvious because they suck.)
Personally, love triangles do not always bother me. It really depends on the writing. It really bothered me in Twilight by Stephenie Meyer but I didn’t mind it at all in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The difference between the two is that there was less emphasis on the romance in THG. Just because a book is advertised to have a love triangle, it doesn’t mean that I won’t try it. However, it’s a little pet peeve of mine when a book is given this amazing synopsis with a promise of great fantasy or science fiction but then, it mostly surrounds a love triangle. No, thank you.
Something I notice about love triangles is that some are written where you clearly know who the main character will end up with! If it’s so obvious that they’ll end up with the first person that they fell in love with, why bother putting in another person? This is why I absolutely enjoyed the love triangle in The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare because there was no clear winner. I also love how well written it was. It wasn’t just two random guys and one girl. No it was best-friends-but-brothers and a girl that they were both madly in love with but in the end, they wanted each other to be happy.
I also notice that girls usually find themselves in the center of love triangles with two guys trailing them like … excuse me. How about two girls fighting for a guy? I’ve only come up with The Maze Runner by James Dasher, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, and the weird shape from Wither by Lauren DeStefano. Then, there’s those books with crazy amounts of love interests where it’s no longer a love triangle but a dodecagon — for the non-mathematical people, that’s 12. (Don’t be impressed, I had to google that.) *cough, cough* Sarah J. Maas and Kiera Cass, I’m looking at you.
THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER:
I would love to know how you feel about love triangles!
- How do you feel about authors writing a love triangle (or any shape) in a book?
- Do you just not read a book with love triangles, or are you like me, where it all depends?
- You read a review and it talks about a love triangle in the story. Do you read the book or skip it?
- Best/Worst love triangles that you’ve read and why?
- Do you feel like love triangles are terrible depictions of romance? Have you ever been involved in one? Would you want to be?