I dislike triangles because they're seriously overused and unimaginative. It's like, need emotional drama? Throw in a love triangle. Need to fill out a couple chapters? Love triangle. Need a B subplot? Love triangle. How about introducing a new character? I smell a love triangle!
If it was a TRUE love triangle, then the solution would be obvious.
But, since romance seems like an especially strong subplot in YA, I doubt that either true triangles nor threesomes will appear. One of these days, someone needs to write an actual love triangle. Most of what I see is either a V or a polygon that got punched in a face and cracked a few times.
Stories require conflict, or else most of the audience will wander off. Love triangles are one way of providing such, with the extra added benefit of a potential, "Boy, I wish that were me!" reader insert.
While some genres (such as romance and chick lit) are built around this trope, and others (e.g. supernatural fantasy and space opera) have been willing to embrace it, how well it works ultimately depends on striking the right balance between the reader's expectations and the writer's skill.
I don't like them, and I have a feeling the people that do love to indulge in real-life petty drama as well. Then again, I don't really like romance in the books I read in the first place. If it's there, I would prefer it to be minimal and not a huge component of the narrative.
:$ I don't like them; I think they're WAY overused, and pretty boring, especially in YA. You know, the girl is always caught between Mr. Snarky Mysterious Smirker and Mr. Nice But Boring...the triangle is never approached from any other angle. (Like, what if the main character was one of the 2 points? or, you know, if the two guys had actual personalities? Or if it was an actual triangle and not a V? grrr.)
But then again, I don't really like romance in general, so maybe I'm biased?
YES, they really do :$ I mean, why even call it a triangle if it's really one person trying to choose between 2 others. A real triangle would be nice. There's probably a book with a real one out there ((:
I personally don't think books are bought just for the love triangles, but for the "bigger" picture: what came before that. Like Hunger Games. Though I can't stand the series (don't ask me why), it was a success because of the general idea. Then came Peeta vs. Gale over Katniss. According to the reviews, people hated this triangle, mostly because it was a distraction from the plot (but the plot became watered down towards the end of the series anyway) - it had very little purpose in the series.
If there is going to be relationships in books, I think it would be better to tread it as it would in a real life sinario. If you fall in love with someone and he/she turnes out not to be the one, you move on to the next till the right person comes along, not bounce back and forth and toy with two people like a mad dog in heat. Overall, the love triangle is terribly overrated on a personal note; I will never read a book, or future books of a series, if a love triangle is installed. It just ruins the story for me.
When it's two hot guys that go for a cute girl who can't imagine why she's pursued by two hot guys, it's just plain unrealistic yet very predictable. She goes for the charismatic knight-in-shining armor guy who treats her nicer who she properly met FIRST (if she's the nice girl type), even though she's darkly attracted to the bad guy which every female reader seems to prefer. And who reads about two hot girls fighting over a cute guy? That'd be a terrible read. Just watch The Bachelor.
What I would love to read about is an LGBT love triangle between just girls or just guys, or maybe with a transgender thrown in there. Not just a girl and a guy fighting over a girl (or guy), with the person of the same sex successfully seducing the poor sap caught up in the conflict. Hopefully that would NOT be predictable in the slightest.
Lucy-MerrimanFeatured By OwnerDec 30, 2012Student General Artist
I am all for more LGBT fiction. I myself am...marginally bi, I guess? But I'm mostly straight, and it'd be cool to read a book that explores the dynamics of a three-lesbian friendship that evolves into something more. Or a gay-man trio.
Trying to think of a book involving two girls and one guy. I can really only think of movies, like My Best Friend's Wedding, and even that is still from the girl's point of view.
Awesome! I'm lesbian, and I really enjoy a solid LGBT-related story. There's a good amount of LGBT fiction if you go look for it, but not nearly enough ideas have been explored. I can name a couple lesbian-themed TV series (The L Word and also Girl/Girl Scene) that have love triangles and more complicated setups. I just haven't read that many stories that have them.
~Nenril-Tf is right in saying that love-triangles are overused, however; I'd like to point out that it's only now that they're overdone.
In my opinion, love-triangles are a great story-telling element. When a hero and/or heroine has the chance to love one or the other it gets the reader more involved because suddenly they have a choice... "Who do I want he or she to end up with?"
The best example of this is Gaston Leroux'sThe Phantom of the Opera. My mother has a HUGE thing for Raoul. She thinks he's simply perfect with his goody-two shoes attitude. She thinks the Phantom is evil for his trickery & overall mistreatment of Christine.
My argument always plays out to where I eventually scream, "BUT HE DID EVERYTHING FOR HER!"
I thought that it was done better than the one in Twilight. It was still pretty generic; hot bad boy sort, hot sweet boy, etc. I felt as if the book would have been more interesting from Peeta's point of view; Katniss isn't that interesting of a character. She has no drive, just SURVIVAL. So, better than Twilight, but still a little cliche. Yup. What about you? What did you think of The Hunger Games vs. Twilight? And what's your favorite love triangle?
Lucy-MerrimanFeatured By OwnerJan 2, 2013Student General Artist
I liked the story in The Hunger Games better than the story in Twilight, but to me the love triangle in THG got in the way of the plot a bit, whereas when Jacob joined Twilight, the story got better.
Favorite love triangle...see, it's hard for me to think of many canon love triangles as opposed to love triangles that were invented implausibly be shippers and fanfic writers. Like, I kinda liked Suki/Sokka/Toph from Avatar, but then I can't remember if there was any canon possibility of Toph/Sokka happening or if the "clues" were greatly exaggerated by FF writers.
There is one in One Hundred Years of Solitude that is done really well, but its' between side characters.
Don't like 'em but I have read some I could appreciate. As to why, well, I'm a sappy romantic and want to read unrealistically sappy romances about twue wuv so the fact that there are two candidates and the hero/ine can't decide between them because they are both omg perfect rings too much of how thing stand in real life. I read for escapism. Plus, way too often the hero/ine ends up with the one I did not want them to end up. That tends to piss me off. Also, many love triangles are just cheap plot devices because the writer couldn't find a way to make a standard romance interesting.
Lucy-MerrimanFeatured By OwnerDec 29, 2012Student General Artist
Ah, I feel ya. I'm a bit of a hapless romantic too. I know they're silly and unrealistic, but I love fairy-tale-esque love stories like The Princess Bride and Once Upon the Marigolds, where either there's an external conflict (aka, Love Threatened By Villainy) or an internal one (Love Threatened by Imperfect Character Of The Lovers).
I'm not a huge fan of Love Threatened By Indecision. It's just kind of annoying.
I don't mind it if it's in a non-romance story, but only if it's not the main focus of the plot, and if the writer actually has a reason for a love triangle beyond a character can't decide which love interest is hotter, a la Twilight. If the love triangle isn't essential to the plot, then it would clutter up the story.