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This week, we’re talking about love triangles. Do I hate them? Love them? Feel like they’re overdone? Do I think they deserve a chance if they’re done properly?
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First of all, I’d like to go on record saying that in real life, love triangles are just a bad idea. I understand feeling something for more than one person at a time but I genuinely think that it’s usually just a case of someone being to scared to admit they’re unhappy in one relationship and want out, but don’t know how to do it.
But in fiction, love triangles usually serve as a plot device. They’ve been used for centuries, the Queen of Romance (that’s not an official title, as far as I know, it just felt appropriate), Jane Austen, being one of those who excelled at them. So yes, I think love triangles can be great if they’re executed properly. See, Jane knew what she was doing – she made Wickham really appealing at first but gave him a nasty, nasty character, for example, while she made Darcy really gruff and gave him a heart of gold. So in the end, Elizabeth had no doubt she was making the right decision.
Nowadays, however, there’s an overabundance of love triangles where the heroine (let’s face it, it’s usually 1 girl + 2 boys) seems really confused about who is the right choice. Take Bella (Twilight), for example. I wanted to beat her over the head with something really heavy when she was oscillating between Edward and Jacob – I just think there’s no way a person can feel like that about two people at once. It might be my appalling lack of experience in love-related drama (I was lucky that way, I guess), but there you have it.
I dislike love triangles where the heroine leads both guys on, only to choose the obvious one in the end and leave the other broken-hearted, so someone else has to pick up the pieces. Again, Bella seems like a really good example of this – and Meyer did the creepy thing, making Jacob fall for Bella’s baby daughter instead…
But the bookish community seems to thrive on love triangles – there’s always the question of Team Jacob versus Team Edward, and I’ve even seen book bloggers feature banners which declare their allegiance. I guess I always choose sides in such a situation, as well: Team Ziri over Team Akiva (Daughter of Smoke and Bone), Team Chaol over Team Dorian (Throne of Glass), Team Jem over Team Will (Infernal Devices).
So the bottom line is: I think love triangles can be good if executed properly. But I do think that stashing one in every novel with a slight romantic twist might not be a good idea – there are other ways of building tension within a romantic relationship, after all.
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What’s your take on love triangles? Are you fed up with them?
Or do you like to choose a side and root for the guy you prefer?
I’d love to hear your thoughts! :)