Hi guys! How’s your weekend going? I’ve been relaxing for most of mine, and staying inside with blankets and books in preparation for the big ice storm that’s supposed to hit. 🙂
I’ve had this post idea for a few months now, and since I finally had no other posts that needed to go up, I thought I’d do it.
Love triangles. They’ve become common in YA books, and while some people are neutral, most either love them or hate them.
I can understand why. In all the books I’ve read, it’s always a girl choosing between two guys. And most of the time, one is her nerdy/quirky best friend that’s secretly in love with her and the other is a moody, secretive guy she just met. There are alternatives to that second part, but not many.
For example, there’s the famous one between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale from The Hunger Games. There’s Juliette, Adam, and Warner from Shatter Me. Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian from the early Throne of Glass books. Feyre, Tamlin, and Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses. * Lara Jean, Josh, and Peter from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Clary, Simon, and Jace from The Mortal Instruments. America, Aspen, and Maxon from The Selection. Rose, Adrian, and Dimitri from the later Vampire Academy books. Katy, Blake, and Daemon from Lux. Alina, Mal, and the Darkling from Grisha. There are so many more. These are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. **
* Although I think we can all agree that this was only a thing during the first book. 😉
** I’m not including Tessa, Will, and Jem from The Infernal Devices because the three of them have one of the best friendships ever. 😉
Personally, I tend to enjoy love triangles. If they’re written well, not cheesy, and there’s at least one likable option, I’ll probably hop on board. The only exception to that is when there’s already a potential couple I love, and then a third person comes in and prolongs the drama.
I know most people don’t like them because they’re repetitive. But what if the standard love triangle was given a twist? Would it be better received?
Some ideas I’ve had are a boy choosing between two girls, three boys, three girls, a boy picking either a girl or a boy, and a girl trying to decide between a girl and a boy. There are so many more options than just the standard girl and two boys, especially if one or two characters were LGBTQ+. Maybe it could be the standard setup, but one of the guys was transgender, or the girl was non-binary. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, either. I think it would be a great way to mix things up and diversify an overused trope. 🙂
Do you love love triangles? Do you hate them? Or are you somewhere in the middle? Would your thoughts change if there were more new spins on the trope? Can you recommend any books with unique love triangles, similar to one of the ideas I listed above? Are there any on your TBR, or that aren’t out yet? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! 🙂
I’m off to continue reading and hopefully finish The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan, and look for digital novellas. 😛 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤
Until next time…