|A love-square in Stephenie Meyer's The Host|
In Young Adult novels, one of the most popular aspects of a book is the Love Triangle. Lately, they seem to be everywhere. In most novels there is a type of triangle between the main characters and in general, I have a love/hate relationship with them. I don't know what it is, at times I love them, and am thrilled by the romance and excited about what could be coming next and who she/he will choose. Other times, I find them annoying to say the least and repetitive, as they seem to be in every book. When they're well-written, I find myself enjoying them but when I feel like they have just been thrown in, I don't know what to think.
Recently, I've been reading The Selection, which has one of my personal favourite love-triangles in, because it fits in with the plot and had me hanging on to every page. Not only that, I never thought there would be one. The love-triangle between Aspen, America and Maxon, is counted as treason so, not only is it romantic, it's fiery. My other favourite love-triangles are Alina, Quinn and Bea, which was completely different to the normal set-up, where there are two males and one female, where both are in love. With Alina, she never had clear feelings for Quinn, whereas Quinn fell for her and Bea still liked Quinn. The complicated route makes it unique and this is why I loved the journey of this triangle. Along with Katniss, Peeta and Gale from The Hunger Games- who I would never miss out and Chaol, Celaena and Dorian from Throne of Glass.
Other popular love-triangles are of course: Edward, Bella and Jacob(The Twilight Saga) and Will, Tessa and Jem(The Infernal Devices-which I am yet to read but have heard a huge amount about). I think it was Twilight that kicked-off the initial obsession with love-triangles.
|Peeta, Katniss and Gale make up one of my favourite|
A reason I dislike love-triangles are when they seem to be just thrown into the plot. They're popular, they seem to be in most books, mostly I love them but there are other times when I feel like screaming out "Why is there another love-triangle?". When they are written well, plotted and perfected with characters I love, I tend to enjoy them. I spend hours on Twitter discussing it with Lucy - Chaol and Dorian, Aspen and Maxon, Gale and Peeta. They're fun to discuss but I feel they are over-used lately. Is it that I'm possibly getting bored by so many? I think that every book doesn't needs a love-triangle thrown in to be liked. My favourite books have a story outside of the love-triangle. Throne of Glass and The Hunger Games are perfect examples of this and I'm in love with both books.
But, one of the main reasons, my love/hate relationship exists is the 'Teams'. When it's not the writing that matters, or the way a book is plotted but which Team you are on. And then things can get mean. . Although, I am guilty of choosing a Team, and supporting them. I find it gives you a topic of conversation and someone to route for. I also always seem to fall for the character who doesn't get chosen and ends up with less than a happy ending.
|One of the first love-triangles|
'When I first started reading YA, I loved them. They pulled me in, they had me gripped to the book and I never knew what the outcome would be but now I feel a little bit tired. Sometimes it feels like they're used just for the hell of it and it won't actually add anything to the story." I feel exactly the same as Rebekah on this topic, expescially when she goes onto to say that it "makes all the difference when I read a love triangle that is done incredibly well". When they're written-well it's thrilling, and that's what a love-triangle is for right?
"Love triangles are just awkward, clumsy and can last a long-time" Is something I can partially agree on. They do last a long-time but I don't find them too awkward, more romantic.(Charlie)
What are your thoughts on book love-triangles?
Who make up your favourite triangles?