Let’s talk about love triangles. Do you love them or hate them? I personally loathe them. I think they’re overdone. There are other obstacles a couple can face that tests their love for one another. Why does the couple’s hardest trial always have to be in the form of a love triangle?
However, if I were to like a love triangle, it’d be one in which there really isn’t a triangle. Everneath by Brodi Ashton is awesome example of this. There’s no question who the protagonist loves, yet there’s still a third person trying to do their best to break up the happy couple. You know it’ll never happen and you know the third person can’t sway their love, but you also know the third person can wreak a lot of havoc on the situation until the story’s reached its end.
I also like the love triangle in The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. This is the only one in which I’m torn. I prefer one of the guys over the other, but if the girl were to end up with either one, I’d be perfectly happy. Somehow Clare has got me to care so much about all three of these characters that I don’t want any of them hurt; I want them all to be happy and stay friends. Normally, I want the third wheel dead, out of the picture, gone, poof! (Yes, Jacob, Gale, Xander, Talbot, Jared, etc., that’s how I felt about you!!!)
I try to keep an open mind when I read a story with a love triangle. But, it’s inevitable, except in the case of The Infernal Devices, that I’ll hate the third wheel. I usually fall in love with the first person the protagonist does and then I’m unable to be swayed.
What do you think? Do you love them or hate them?