Sunday, January 6, 2013

Love Triangles: Love them or hate them?

If you would have asked me at the beginning of this year what my thoughts were on love triangles, my answer would have been easy and simple: I HATE them.  Ask me that question now and my answer is much more complicated.  For the most part I still hate love triangles, but lately there have been a few love triangles that I actually like and that I feel so conflicted over.  A few of my favorite love triangles right now are:

Seth and Aiden from The Covenant series by JLA

Jay and Rafe from The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting

Xander and Kyle from the Matched series by Ally Condie

That got me thinking, what is the difference between a good triangle and a bad love triangle?  Well, for me, other than the chemistry (which is the most important thing), a really crucial point is whether I know I should be expecting a love triangle.  If I know right away from the book summary that there will be a love triangle and I am still interested, I am much more open to the idea.  For instance, when I read the summary for The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines, I knew that Ashton was going to be torn between Beau and Sawyer and even though I was always Team Beau, Abbi wrote the conflict between these 3 people so amazing that it was impossible for me not to love this book.  I just bought Down To You by M. Leighton even though the MC is torn between 2 twin brothers.  But this is actually the storyline instead of just being a side conflict. 
Now, when a love triangle is introduced just to add an extra conflict to the story, that is when I get really annoyed. 

Take The Golden Lily for example, when Sydney’s boyfriend was introduced in this book (I don’t even remember his name cause he was that boring), I was very annoyed.  He didn’t have anything important to do with the story other than to add yet another obstacle between Adrian and Sydney, which they already have more than enough!

When Jacob was introduced as a love interest in New Moon, I was so annoyed and I found it excruciatingly painful to read any of their scenes together.  It just felt so forced to me and I was skimming the pages until we finally got to see Edward again.

I just finished reading the Hush, Hush series and in book two, we are introduced to Scott who might be a possible love interest.  Although I really liked his character, I hated him with Nora.  Thankfully, they went with a friends-only relationship. Then in the final book we are introduced to Dante, who develops a flirty relationship with Nora.  Which has me thinking, really?  This is the final book in the series, what is the point to this?  Plus, Nora and Patch clearly belong together.

And don’t even get me started on my most hated love triangle: Clara/Tucker/Christian.  When I first started reading Unearthly, I felt very blah towards Christian and Clara.  Then I got to read more of Tucker and was thinking, “Wow, this guy is kind of a jerk, I like him!”  By the end of Unearthly, I was totally Team Tucker and really excited for Hallowed.  But when I got to read Hallowed, there was hardly any Tucker in it.  Instead it felt like Christian was forced on us and I hated every second of it.  I’m scared and nervous to read Unbound because I REALLY hope Clara doesn’t end up with Christian!

I would also like to say the following to all authors out there: Killing one of the love interests is not a solution to the love triangle problem, EVER!  (Ren anyone?)  Abbi Glines got it right with The Vincent Brothers.

So, now that I have shared my thoughts (or random ramblings) on love triangles, what are your thoughts on love triangles?  Which are your favorite/least favorite love triangles?  Let me know in the comments.
Happy New Year!

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Posted by:
Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed
Twitter: @NereydaG1003


  1. Fun reading your thoughts on love triangles! Good ponderings. I think love triangles can easily get annoying or contrived, as you've pointed out. That's probably why so many people hate them. But...others love them. I'm in the middle, but I agree with you about the contrived part. And if the author chooses the "wrong" person for the protagonist, the one the reader isn't rooting for, it risks alienating the reader.

  2. Blossom?!?

    That is a totally awesome throwback. :)